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Red TX and CTV tango with Strictly

Red TX provided its RED II truck, while CTV provided its main OB9 scanner for Strictly Come Dancing’s live Wembley Arena show.

Strictly Come Dancing’s live Wembley Arena show in November relied on Red TX and CTV to provide BBC Studios and Post Production sound engineers Tony Revell, Andy Tapley and Richard Sillitoe with all the facilities they needed to capture and broadcast the audio in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Red TX, which has extensive experience of delivering live sound for broadcast, provided its RED II truck for this project, while CTV provided its main OB9 scanner. Andy Tapley, who manned the Studer Vista 8 digital mixing system on board RED II, said: “It was a complex project that involved a lot of inputs to capture the sound from the audience, the presenters and judges, the dancers, the orchestra and the guest acts – Kylie Minogue and Girls Aloud. Usually Tony and I sit next to each other at the same console, but for this show we were in separate vehicles and had to coordinate our mixes using the technical infrastructure provides by Red TX and CTV.” The two trucks were linked using a combination of MADI and MIDI interfaces. This allowed Tapley, who was in charge of the audio from the orchestra and the dancers, to work in unison with Revell, who was handling the audio from the audience, presenters, judges and guest performers to create the main mix. RED II also incorporated an additional production/overdub and video gallery room at the rear of the vehicle. For this project it was equipped with a Yamaha DM2000 console, which was also linked to the CTV truck and used by Richard Sillitoe to create the surround sound mix. Red TX Director Ian Dyckhoff, who along with Red TX engineer Ollie Nesham was present on the night to support the BBC sound team, said: “This is the second year running that we have worked on the live Strictly show from Wembley Arena and we consider it an honour to be involved in such a prestigious project. Live shows are always nerve wracking and, although we weren’t manning the controls this time, we saw it as our responsibility to ensure that technically everything ran smoothly so that Andy, Tony and Richard could relax and get on with the job.”