Tonys Tap Axient Digital for First Time

Firehouse Productions tackled audio for the annual ceremony.
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Wireless HQ at the Tony Awards.

Wireless HQ at the Tony Awards.

Chicago, IL (June 27, 2019)—The 73rd Annual Tony Awards, broadcast live on CBS, relied entirely on Shure Axient Digital for the first time, which, according to Vinny Siniscal, who engineered audio for the show with Firehouse Productions, was a game changer for the production.

“Using Axient Digital allowed us to pack all of our audio needs into the proper open airspace,” said Siniscal, referring to tighter spectrum availability at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. “Plus, the Wireless Workbench software helped us track everything. We had 48 microphones active, and I could adjust them all from my control center. I could also track battery life of each transmitter to make sure we were always charged.”

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The show, hosted by James Corden, featured performances by Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, Beetlejuice, The Cher Show, Choir Boy, Hadestown, Kiss Me, Kate!, Oklahoma!, The Prom and Tootsie.

Siniscal used 57 total transmitters, including 32 ADX1Ms for Corden and the ensemble cast. He was also able to set up four “diversity” zones and said Axient Digital handled all of the micro bodypack transmitters.

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“The ease of coordination made running the audio for this show like a dream,” he recalled. He used the transmitter registration feature to assign multiple transmitters to the same receiver channel, enabling him to increase his overall management capabilities and make changes with the touch of a button.

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