New York, NY (January 22, 2017)—A Bronx Tale has a long history, having been a play, then a film and now a Broadway musical directed by two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. Helping to bring their vision to the audience nightly is the sound design of Gareth Owen, who opted to center the show’s audio around an Avid VenueS6L to mix inside the Longacre Theater.
The mix position is small for a full-blown musical, taking up eight seats for the sound operator and all equipment, including a 32-fader S6L system with three fully loaded Stage 64 I/O racks to support the 180 channels needed for the production.
“TheS6L can become whatever you need it to be,” said Owen. “It’s quite revolutionary the way you can just bring up anything you want onto the encoders and custom fader banks, including plug-ins. Nobody else is doing that as impressively or as effectively. I love the fact that there’s enough processing on board to be able to explore ideas that traditionally I haven’t been able to do because of hardware or software limitations. I now have the resources to explore my creative ideas.”
The S6L’s preamplifier design, 64-bit processing, and 96 kHz sample rate affected Owen’s microphone choices. He explains, “It sort of sent me on a voyage of investigation to discover other things in my signal path that that weren’t as clean and clear as I thought they were, because the S6L is so transparent and so clean that it’s exposing things that in the past I’ve never noticed.”