New York, NY (October 20, 2015)—Though a cornerstone of the New York City jazz scene, The Blue Note is not a relic from another age. Recently, the club began recording and mixing audio projects for virtual reality videos in a joint venture with video house Rivet, and key to that effort is the club’s new Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production System.
The Blue Note already houses a Yamaha M7CL Digital Audio Console in the club at front of house, but the NUAGE Advanced Production System was installed as part of another joint collaboration, this time with Yamaha sister company, Steinberg. Installation company Peltrix, located in Westchester County, NY, has had a long-standing relationship with the Blue Note (Peltrix owner, Amit Peleg, was house engineer at the Blue Note for more than 20 years prior to starting the firm) and recommended the NUAGE system.
The NUAGE system at the Blue Note is being used for three distinct applications. The first is recording and mixing the virtual reality videos—A performance by The Soul Rebels at the jazz club is a recent project by Rivet in VR format with audio mixed on NUAGE.
The Blue Note is also using the NUAGE system to record individual tracks from live shows that will be sold on iTunes via a new dedicated Blue Note channel, and to record full CDs for release by the Blue Note's own record label, Half Note Records. “The decision to install the NUAGE rig was made to benefit both the Blue Note and Peltrix,” states Peleg. “We are a Yamaha NUAGE premiere dealer so it is a perfect opportunity for us to be able to conduct hands-on demos at the high-caliber, musical landmark in the heart of Manhattan. We can also provide hands-on training using live music with world-renowned musicians for future NUAGE end-user customers.
“With the increased demand for live recordings, it was natural for the Blue Note to need an in-house recording system that can accommodate not only occasional recordings but now recordings as frequently as two to three times per week. The arrangement is a win-win for both Peltrix and the Blue Note,” says Peleg. “I always liked the natural workflow of the software and its sonic advantage over other DAWs, and having a post-production control surface that sits on top of that software is icing on the cake.”
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