Los Angeles, CA (January 7, 2013)—Mixing veteran Jeff Peterson recently completed work on two TV shows using a DiGiCo SD5 console provided by Hi-Tech Audio in conjunction with ATK.
Peterson mixed both the production elements and live bands on Spike TV's "Video Game Awards" and CNN's "Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" on the SD5. He brought 112 inputs from two 56-pair splitters into two DiGiCo SD racks, with signals traveling to and from the consoles via an Optocore fiber optic network. Two 56-channel ATK splitters were used on both shows to split signals between the SD Racks, monitors (in the case of CNN) and the broadcast trucks.
"On CNN's 'Heroes,' I had the only DiGiCo console," Peterson recalls. "Monitors were handled on a [Yamaha] PM5D. On 'The Video Game Awards,' my FOH SD5 and a foldback [stage monitor] SD10 shared two DiGiCo SD Racks backstage for 112 inputs and 64 outputs divided between the two consoles. When sharing head-amp signals, we didn't use the DiGiCo Gain Tracking feature. Instead, we found a good starting head-amp level and communicated any changes before making them. That way, changes weren't happening without the operator knowing about it pre-hand."
"For both of these shows," he continues, "I tuned the PA system using just the SD5's output EQ and delay on the matrix outs. In fact, using a DiGiCo UB MADI USB interface, the console also served as my test mic interface for Rational Acoustics' Smaart 7."