Las Vegas, NV (April 28, 2017)—Audio-video technical management and client support company TV Tech, Inc. has launched its first remote 5.1 audio production truck, TV Tech Unit #1, which features a Dante-networked Focusrite RedNet audio infrastructure.
Kevin Hartmann, TV Tech, Inc.’s technical manager/project manager, notes, “We specifically designed the truck … to handle the needs of clientele in the entertainment industry, whether it’s a high-profile broadcast event, a live concert, or an opportunity for live remote recording.”
TV Tech, Inc. music mixer Thom Cadley notes that, after watching various audio-over-IP protocols emerge over recent years, “We concluded that Dante was the most embraced, so we felt that was a pretty easy call to make. I love the way Focusrite products sound, their reliability and the overall engineering. It was pretty easy, once we decided to go in the direction of Dante, to integrate as many Focusrite products as we could.”
The truck now includes three Focusrite RedNet D64R 64-channel MADI bridges that can ingest 128 inputs from remote-controlled microphone preamps located at the stage plus 64 inputs from the production truck. Once on the Dante backbone, those signals are available for routing to dual 64-track Avid Pro Tools 12 | HDX3 DAWs and three 64-track JoeCo BBR Blackbox Recorders. Signals are introduced to each Pro Tools system via a pair of RedNet HD32R 32-channel HD Dante network bridge.
Hartmann notes, “RedNet created the bridge that allowed us to create a single path from the inputs to the truck to the console and recorders, which ultimately streamlined our workflow and gave us added flexibility.”
Dave Hewitt originally built the custom 39-foot Peterbilt rigid box truck, which he named Polar Express, for his Remote Recording Services company in 2006. “Things have changed a fair bit since then,” says Hartmann. “Thom got in there, took it apart and put it back together using Focusrite equipment and a lot of Cat 6 cable.”