Raymond Gubbay's production of Tosca features a sound design by Bobby Aitken. Tosca is one of the recent operas performed in the round at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Working on Tosca, or any opera, always brings the same challenge. An in-the-round production means a singer will be performing straight to some of the audience while their back is to another section, so the challenge is to make where the sound is coming from believable. An additional challenge is that the operas at the RAH are all sung in English, which means you have to be able to hear all the words, yet we still need to make it sound unamplified. We bring radio mics [for vocals] into the DiGiCo D5T and then straight out on direct outputs. We don't mix any radios on the DiGiCo. We simply use the faders and then we're straight into the TiMax Talent Tracker, with all the individual vocals and mixing done on the TiMax matrix. We do mix the orchestra on D5T and we also have a complete backup on it, so should the TiMax system fail, we can instantly switch back to the console.
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