27th October 2011
Every year it feels like our busiest summer yet, but the summer just gone beats them all. We've had so much on our plate, I'm going to have to reduce it to bullet points:
I Want My MTV Ibiza - we flew out to super-club Amnesia every weekend throughout the summer to capture shows by Snoop Dogg, Robyn, Mark Ronson, 50 Cent, Kelis, 2ManyDJs, Primal Scream, Plastikman and more. We also took care of all interviews, presenter links and other production sound and mixed the performances in 5.1 surround.
Rockcorps 2011 - recorded and mixed shows from London, Paris and Marseilles, featuring P Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Primal Scream, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Eliza Doolittle, David Guetta, Ludacris, Soprano...
EXIT Festival 2011 - surround mixes for Grinderman, Jamiroquai, Magnetic Man, Bad Religion, Editors, Big Audio Dynamite and others. A highlights show was broadcast on Channel 4 and one-hour specials can be seen on MTVNHD.
BT Digital Music Awards - all the musical performances were mixed live by LX3 for broadcast
N-Dubz - we recorded multitrack sound for N-Dubz' live DVD, filmed at the O2 Arena in London.
In the middle of all this we've been making the inevitable hardware and software upgrades:
- We're doing increasing amounts of conventional sound recordist work, employing a Sound Devices 552 mixer/recorder and new wired and radio mics from Sennheiser, DPA and Neumann.
- Our new miniature MADI recording system enables us to board an aircraft with nothing but check-in and hand luggage, and still fully multitrack a show anywhere in the world.
- We've added Pro Tools HD to the mix studio and the Apogee Ensemble has been replaced by an Avid HD I/O. More Apogee hardware coming soon though!
- The number of mixes we have on the go and the speed with which they need to be completed means we're big proponents of in-the-box mixing. Our already comprehensive collection of software plug-in effects has been bolstered with the full suite of Softube processors, Lexicon PCM Native reverb and effects packages, and the latest plugins from Universal Audio for our UAD2 Quad DSP hardware.
As we head into winter the gigs keep coming. There's only so much news I can cope with writing about in one sitting, so stay tuned for updates.
Topman CTRL MX
16th March 2011
We've been kept pretty busy over the last couple of months working on Channel 4's Topman CTRL MX. Across the series' six-episode run we've recorded and mixed nineteen bands, including Miles Kane, Brother, The Joy Formidable, Mystery Jets, Glasvegas, Pulled Apart By Horses and Lykke Li, all playing live in a converted North London warehouse.
We recorded the audio from the two stages, plus room sound, dialog and other elements, to our twin 64-track MADI recorders locked to timecode. The performances were then mixed at our studio and delivered over the internet for the edit and final post-production sound.
The final show of the series, featuring Katy B, Wretch 32 and Frankie and the Heartstrings appears on Channel 4 this Thursday night, and repeated on Friday.
Lots of new videos on the "Watch" page
1st January 2011
Hope you've had a great Christmas and New Year. The relative lull gave me time to track down some more online video from shows we've done in 2010, and boy did I find some gems:
Five songs from Robert Plant at the Forum, the whole of the Everything Everything extravaganza at the Union Chapel, plus LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons, Robyn, The Hoosiers, King's X, Lissie, and even a new clip from the Siouxsie DVD we did in 2008.
All the links are on the watch page. Check them out before they get taken down.
It's rock month at LX3
20th October 2010
Although we've mainly been recording artists from the pop end of the market in recent weeks (Professor Green, Mark Ronson, N-Dubz, N.E.R.D.), when it comes to new commercial releases, we're looking more like heavy rock specialists.
First out of the blocks in September were Swedish prog-metallers Opeth with their self-explanatory DVD and CD box set, In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall.
Alice Cooper's Theatre Of Death DVD was released earlier this month (with a Blu-Ray edition following soon). Shot at Hammersmith Apollo just before Christmas last year, it's also notable for Bob Ezrin's punchy audio mix. A new clip from the DVD is being posted to alicecooper.com every day as a build-up to the Coop's headline-grabbing Halloween show at the Roundhouse.
After twenty years together Therapy? release their first ever live album We're Here To The End, on November 8. A total of thirty-six songs were compiled for the double CD, taken from our recording of the band's three exclusive shows at the Water Rats in London this year.
And after a long, long wait, the King's X Live Love In London DVD finally reaches shops on November 20. This is the Texan band's first official live DVD, shot at the Electric Ballroom in January of 2009.