Ringwood, NJ (February 7, 2017)—The Record Plant Remote (RPR) location recording truck has preserved hundreds of important events over the years; recently, recording engineer Kooster McAllister used TASCAM’s 48-track X-48 and, 64-track DA-6400 multitrack hard disk recorders to record last year’s edition of Farm Aid.
“Although Farm Aid has one main stage, we set up two independent recording systems in my truck because they had an A/B scenario with rolling carts,” said McAllister. “While one band was line-checking, another band was ready to go on. My main console, which has 96 inputs, recorded the A stage. A pair of TASCAM X-48s recorded 96 tracks from the A stage, with a backup set of X-48s because you always need a backup when you do anything live.”
In the lounge area of his truck, McAllister set up a second mixer with MADI that recorded 64 channels to his TASCAM DA-6400. “The main console has AES/EBU input and output, so it works well with the X-48s,” McAllister explains. “The alternate 64-channel console uses MADI, and it works great with the DA-6400.”
Although McAllister was disappointed when the X-48 was discontinued, he will expand the role of the DA-6400 in the truck soon: “The DA-6400 is brilliant and I will move entirely over to it as soon as I am able to change the infrastructure of the truck from AES/EBU to MADI.”