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Lawo Holds The Line for Toto

Lawo-equipped Cinevideogroup 3D and HD video production trucks captured three acts in concert recently, including Toto.

Toronto, Canada (July 29, 2011)–Lawo-equipped Cinevideogroup 3D and HD video production trucks captured three acts in concert recently, including Toto.

Cinevideogroup sent the largest vehicle in its OB fleet, the OB14, to record the concert of Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, simultaneously in 2D and 3D. Staged in the Netherlands’ biggest concert hall, the Gelredome, in Arnhem, this was the country’s first major concert to be recorded entirely in 3D. Using more than 38 cameras in total, the project was carried out in a completely tapeless environment, running all camera, video, and audio signals on fiber optic cables, using 128 channels of multitrack audio on the 56-fader Lawo mc≤66 console.

OB14 next visited Italy to record local megastar Ligabue in 3D in front of a crowd of 120,000. It continued on to the Castello Scaligero in Villafranca di Verona, to record a concert by Toto. The six-piece lineup–original band members Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro, plus Simon Phillips (drums), Nathan East (bass) and singer Joseph Williams–was recorded in HD video for DVD and Blu-ray release.

In OB14, Cinevideogroup senior audio engineer and recording sound supervisor for the project, Huub Lelieveld, with colleague Koen Bredael, mixed incoming signals to create a temporary mix and monitor the incoming signal quality. American music producer CJ Vanston will handle the final DVD mix.

“It was a relatively simple job, Toto being a straightforward rock band, so we were using just 48 tracks,” says Huub Lelieveld. “To squeeze as much out of the applause and sing-alongs as possible, I put out 12 audience microphones, 10 shotguns, and 2 cardioid microphones for crowd ambience.”

Lelieveld ran a fiber cable from OB to stage, where a 56 mic input Lawo stagebox was placed next to the monitor position to take the splits. Three separate optical MADI outputs from the Lawo console were connected to a Merging Technologies 128-channel Pyramix multitrack system, a Pro Tools system and a PC with RME MADI cards running Reaper.