Torino, Italy (July 6, 2012)—Italian public broadcaster RAI Radio recently used a combination of Soundcraft and Studer digital consoles to record a production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella).
Harman’s Soundcraft and Studer’s Italian distributor, Leading Technologies Srl, along with sister company Sound Light & Technologies (SL&T), recently participated in a recording project with RAI Radio, using a combination of Soundcraft and Studer digital mixing platforms.
The vast production of La Cenerentola involved around 250 members of cast and technical crew. On duty were two 52-fader Vista 9 consoles, a Vista 9 with 42 faders and a 42-fader Vista 5 in the OB truck, which were used for mixing the orchestra and actors’ microphones, as well as for 5.1 post-production. Three Soundcraft Vi1 consoles were used for pre-mix of secondary inputs and backup.
The consoles were used in four different scene locations: while the actors, singers and choir were variously located in Parco della Mandria in Venaria, Palazzina di Caccia and Palazzo Reale in Torino, the orchestra was recorded remotely at the Auditorium RAI in Torino. All locations were linked by fibre or radio bridge to give the actors the sense of performing in real time with the orchestra-and a Studer stagebox was positioned in each venue.
A multitrack recorder received the audio via a MADI port on the Vista 9. The orchestra required 68 microphone channels on the desks with a further 12 channels for the choir (who were based in the same location as the actors).
RAI Radio provided technical staff while SL&T provided personnel support and other ancillary equipment from the Harman Professional portfolio, such as JBL EON loudspeakers and AKG microphones and headphones. AKG C414 XLII and various K141 and K702 microphones were used for mixing and monitoring by the musicians and engineers.
The event was transmitted live around the world over a two-day period in early June. A DVD release is planned.