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Getting Anyway Stories Told Any Way Possible

New York City’s Anyway Café is cute, quirky and the subject of a new web series pilot, Anyway Stories, where musical production mixes were tackled remotely by broadcast event mixers John Harris and Jody Elff.

Anyway stories
New York City’s Anyway Café is cute, quirky and the subject of a new web series pilot, Anyway Stories, where musical production mixes were tackled remotely by broadcast event mixers John Harris and Jody Elff.

New York, NY (December 21, 2020)—Located around the corner from the former site of punk birthplace CBGB, The Anyway Café is a Russian jazz club with a similarly scrappy ethos; it’s been a Lower East Side staple for 25 years and the home to countless musical adventures. On any given night, you might hear Classical, Flamenco, Standards, Gypsy, Jazz, Bluegrass, Opera or even Tuvan throat singing at “The Anyway.” It all makes for a colorful vibe, some of which was captured this past summer for a web series pilot, Anyway Stories, all captured in one day, despite the pandemic.

Mobile production mainstay All Mobile Video recently purchased an AZilPix Camera—a unique camera able to shoot in 7920×6004 resolution and output eight individual camera shots—and wanted to create a demo reel for it. Enter Anyway Stories producer Charlie Martin—he’d long wanted to capture The Anyway’s magic for posterity, and knows a thing or two about legendary venues, having mixed the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Police and others at CBGB during its glory days. In short order, The Anyway was set to host the demo reel.

Harris Mixes Remotely with Neumann 5.1.4 System

When AMV arrived to shoot six acts in one day, the AZilPix was the perfect fit inside the tiny café, taking up far less room than eight cameras, but the audio capture was going to be difficult. Rather than use an audio truck, Lenny Laxer, AMV senior vice president, suggested bringing Remote Production Group (RPG), headed by broadcast event mixers John Harris and Jody Elff. They, in turn, suggested bringing in a small rack with Millennia Mic preamps, dual Pro Tools rigs running on Mac Minis, Focusrite Red and RedNet Dante interfaces, and proprietary networking gear. Using Unity Intercom’s Unity Connect software, the engineers remotely controled the preamps and Pro Tools rigs, allowing them to independently mix performances live from their respective SSL Nucleus-equipped studios in Burlington Township, NJ and New Paltz, NY.

Program audio/video was sent back to AMV via a 10 Mbps data dish that utilized a bi-directional bonded cellular transmission. Once AMV received the feed, it was pushed up to YouTube. It was this Bonded Cellular data path  bridged to the public internet that allowed Harris and Elff to remotely control their Pro Tools rigs at ‘The Anyway’ and monitor their stereo mix. The result was a live, HD, “multi-camera” shoot with no video, audio, uplink or generator trucks, creating a quality reel at a production cost that was a fraction of that required for a traditional shoot.

Link: Remote Production Group • www.remoteproductiongroup.com

Anyway Stories • https://bit.ly/3gN53Rh

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