Nashville, TN (January 12, 2012)—A brand-new Lawo mc266 MKII production console in MTV Networks’ newest truck, Nereus, provided the audio for CMT’s “CMA Red Carpet Special” preceding the 45th Annual CMA Awards.
For this year’s pre-show, Keith Durham, an engineer for CMT, was at the helm of the new console. Engineers Browning McCollum and Marc Repp assisted him. Repp, who was involved in the selection of the truck’s Lawo console–configured with 40 main faders, eight extra Faders, eight center section faders, plus five DSP cards–discussed some of the challenges the project presented.
“While this truck was designed primarily for projects where the use of a separate audio mix truck is just not feasible, its ‘maiden voyage’ involved the interviews that took place during the pre-show,” Repp explained. “There was very little music on this show other than the ‘bumpers’ that typically lead in and out of commercials. The real challenge, then, was the fact that there were numerous interview locations and each location had five wired and five wireless microphones. This created not only a lot of microphone inputs, but numerous microphone groups that had to be managed. Moving quickly from one microphone group to another and to seamlessly switch from a wireless to a hardwired mic—should the wireless system drop out or otherwise fail-were the most pressing tasks on this job.”
“In addition to the various microphones and microphone groups,” Repp continued, “there was also a considerable amount of IFB [interruptible foldback] traffic for communication between the production staff and the various interviewers. All of these audio signals were handled by the mc266 MKII. While there may not have been much music, there was a lot of audio moving through the board.”
“Everything went exceptionally well,” Repp reports. “The lead engineer found the mc266 MKII very intuitive and easy to get up to speed on and everyone involved in the show’s production was very pleased with the way the audio feeds were handled.”