Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2017)—When Fred Archambault, music mixer for Last Call with Carson Daly, heads out to a gig to capture a live performance for NBC’s long-running late-night show, he’s armed with two JoeCo Blackbox BBR1-MP recorders.
Archambault, a producer/engineer who has logged studio times with acts including Alice Cooper and Panic at the Disco, has been Carson Daly's go-to mixer since 2011. Until recently, he was making use of an "increasingly dilapidated legacy system that weighed about 400 pounds and caused a lot problems with load-in at some venues." When Last Call's director asked Archambault if there was something smaller he could be using, his initial inclination was to build a new laptop-based solution, but then he recalled having seen JoeCo's Blackbox recorders.
"I called up my rep at RSPE Audio Solutions and arranged for them to provide a demo BBR1-MP system," says Archambault. "The team was so impressed by the BBR1-MP that they told me to order two of them right away." Since last autumn, Archambault has used the two 24-channel recorders to capture performances by "well over 30 artists," from fast-rising English rock bands to former Hüsker Dü mainman Bob Mould and Ed Sheeran.
"For me, it's about the reliability and the very small footprint," enthuses Archambault. "The Blackbox BBR1-MP is compact enough that it can be sneaked in anywhere, for example under a monitor console. It's incredibly portable. The load-in problems we had with the previous system are a thing of the past, while the recorders close out the files so rapidly that I am back at home in bed much quicker than I used to be.”
The show’s schedule is very busy, he says: “[It] involves me mixing up to 180 songs per year, and the Blackbox recorder makes my daily working life much easier."