Mumford & Sons were recorded daily on the recent Gentlemen of the Road tour via JoeCo BBR1B 24-track balanced analog systems. Photo by Jeff Swanson
New York (November 29, 2012)—UK folk act Mumford & Sons toured the US in the early Fall to help pave the way for its Babel album; the effort paid off when the album entered the charts at Number One, moving 600,000 copies in its first week. That headlining spot on the “Gentlemen of the Road” tour found mobile recordists Satronen Sound of Portland, ME capturing each show via JoeCo BBR1B 24-track balanced analog systems, linked to provide independent 48-channel recording systems for two festival stages.
Satronen Sound’s owner and chief engineer Pete Nenortas recalled, “Our main requirement for these festivals was to supply the organizers with multi-track audio to be remixed later for a digital download audio compilation. For each Gentlemen of the Road festival show, the day consisted of 8-10 bands that needed to be recorded in multi-track. It was important that we supplied a system that ensured we would not have a single hiccup in the recording. It was not known which songs would be selected for the compilation, so we needed to capture it all.
The JoeCo BlackBox Recorders were chosen for lots of reasons: reliability for sure; 48-channel functionality; ease of use and great sounding converters…. In a festival recording scenario like the GOTR shows, it was imperative to have a system that could record for long periods of time at high track counts with superior reliability. Choosing to go with the JoeCo recorders made me comfortable in being able to guarantee that I could capture all the performances without missing a beat.”
Recorded audio from the shows has already been featured on a sold-out limited-edition Mumford & Sons vinyl record and will also be included on a forthcoming digital audio compilation.