New mics, new gigs
27th February 2013
New kit - first off, I've picked up a pair of Royer R101 ribbon mics. They're mostly destined to sit in front of electric guitar amps on stage, although I'm sure they'll be putting in appearances elsewhere too. The R101 is a robust ribbon design based on the studio-favourite R121. We've already used them on a couple of shows where they sounded more detailed than your typical SM57, but not as harsh as most condensers turn out. All good so far.
I've also made some significant acquisitions for my mix studio, although news of those can wait until the room is properly updated.
We've had some great gigs too - acoustic sessions with Biffy Clyro and Bombay Bicycle Club, tracking James Blake's first live show in support of his new album, and recording and mixing Channel 4's coverage of the 2012 Little Noise Sessions. Some live mixing for The Prodigy. Recordings with Jamie N Commons. Some fun with Muse. And there I was thinking 2013 had got off to a slow start...
Summer 2012 update
11th September 2012
Once again, summer has been and mostly gone, and we've barely had time to catch our breath, least of all update this news page. There's a ton to talk about, but I'll try not to bore you with too many details:
Fatboy Slim's Big Beach Bootique 2012 - Norman Cook took over the AMEX Stadium in Brighton for the UK return of his Big Beach Bootique event. Admittedly, there were only two channels of audio from stage, but we also rigged fourteen channels of crowd mics around the newly-opened football stadium. We also recorded some interviews and additional effects, and edited and mixed the movie and DVD soundtracks in 5.1 and stereo.
We mixed several live streamed events including album launch gigs for Plan B and Lianne La Havas. It's our third or fourth time working with Plan B, but the first (and hopefully not the last) time with Lianne.
And in case I forget, we also mixed Madonna live from Paris for YouTube. Yeah, I know. Madonna!
Next up was the little matter of the Olympics. We spent the whole two weeks working in Hyde Park on the BT Vision stage, recording and live-mixing one or two gigs a day for broadcast. Highlights from every show can be seen on YouTube - personal favourites being Lucy Rose, King Charles, Spector and Roots Manuva.
I wrapped up the Olympics by working on documentary sound for Blur's DVD of their Olympic closing ceremony gig, which is one release I can't wait to get my mitts on.
Lastly, I'd like to say congratulations to The Vaccines for their UK number one album success with Come Of Age. If you pick up the Deluxe Edition, you'll find our live recording from their Brighton Centre show on the bonus CD.
17th May 2012
Here's a quick review of our latest happenings:
Snowbombing 2012 - I made a fleeting two-day dash to Austria for Snowbombing 2012, to record MTV's coverage of the snowboarding and dance music festival. I flew with a version of the multitrack rig I used for the MTV Ibiza shows, but updated to dual-record with the acquisition of a JoeCo BBR-64 MADI recorder. I also took care of most of the link and interview audio, marching about the snowy mountain tops with my Sound Devices 552 and other kit. All the performances were mixed back at our studio in London. Keep an eye on the MTV schedules for half-hour specials from Example, Labrinth and Dizzee Rascal.
Bands In Transit is an ongoing series of live music sessions. Our latest outing took us to various outdoor locations around the Great Escape festival in Brighton, where we supplied a complete live sound and multitrack setup for twelve bands across three days. Look out for the sessions on the Bands In Transit YouTube channel.
We've also been taking care of the audio for an increasing number of live web-streamed events, including gigs by Florence And The Machine (two in fact - from her album launch at Hackney Empire last year, and the Teenage Cancer Trust show in April), Keane and PJ Harvey.
Other artists recorded this year so far include The Vaccines, The Mystery Jets, Ladyhawke, Devin, Elle King, Bryan Ferry, Will Young, Citizens and Post War Years.