CSP Mobile Productions of Saco, Maine, recently supplied both audio and video remote trucks to Yahoo Music to record live concert footage featuring Fergie performing her single “London Bridge,” as well as the Pussycat Dolls performing at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
CSP’s Unit 6 digital-audio truck features one of the first PM1D digital consoles ever installed in a remote record/broadcast vehicle. Unit 6 recorded 52 tracks of audio with a considerably long cable run. “A potential problem at this particular venue is a long, crazy cable run from the stage to the street where we park the truck,” says Musmix’s Lance Vardis, audio mixer for CSP Unit 6. “The run is about 500 feet and goes through a building, a basement, tunnels and machine rooms, with video camera lines following the same path. There’s no way we could get 64 discrete mic lines back to the truck over analog lines without introducing noise into the signal.” CSP’s Unit 3 video truck ISO’d six cameras of SDI 16:9 video for both performances.
Part of CSP’s standard rig and solution to this type of problem, not uncommon to many remote trucks, is a stage rack with four Yamaha AI8 input boxes running 64 channels of LMY2-ML mic pres. Signals are delivered back to the truck via four Yamaha digital copper interconnects (for runs of up to 660 feet). “If we want to use the B side of those preamps, we can get 128 channels,” Vardis says. “In this situation, having pristine audio coming back from the stage over that signal route is hugely important.”
The “London Bridge” concert video is available as an online exclusive at http://music.yahoo.com in the Pepsi Smash section of the site. Concert video of the Pussycat Dolls is intended for future release on DVD and on the Web.