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Glastonbury sound mixer: reliability is mission critical

When you want to get to the top of your trade – to be the go-to sound mixer for live music on TV – the reliability of the equipment you use becomes paramount.

Having risen through the ranks over the past 25 years, Tudor Davies, freelance sound mixer for such things as Glastonbury and Later… With Jools Holland, ought to know a thing or two about dependable kit. “Whatever way you look at it, this is a mission critical job,” he said as he endorsed the JoeCo Blackbox BBR64-MADI multi-track recorders he has now adopted, pointing to their “rock solid” reliability.

“It’s a good time to be a sound engineer as far as equipment is concerned because there’s so much good stuff out there,” he elaborates, but all that good stuff is for nothing if it’s not reliable.

“It’s particularly related to Later… because the JoeCo multi-track recording is the master, that’s what goes out on TV,” he explains. “The show that goes out on Friday nights and is then delivered to the world is straight from the multi-track.”

Davies has worked on the show with sound supervisor Mike Felton since 2003, and while looking for a way to ensure the safe transfer of the data they were recording and taking home after the two-day sessions at Maidstone Television Studios, Davies stumbled on JoeCo’s Safe ‘n’ Sound feature, which promises to preserve recordings even in the event of a power failure.

“Safe ‘n’ Sound is a big thing for me,” he agrees. “We all know that things happen with equipment – various mains plugs, MADI feeds etc are all things that can go wrong. So I need to know that if something does happen, I haven’t lost the files. So now we have Safe ‘n’ Sound.”

Back to Blackbox, Davies concludes, “Our room at Ace Post Production is now set up for Dolby Atmos, so I’ve been recording concerts in that format,” he explains. “Certainly the next time I record an Atmos concert, I’ll do it with my Blackbox recorders.”