Ed Greene, an industry veteran whose experience includes the Oscar, Grammy and Emmy Awards, was the engineer responsible for providing the audio feed to all of the radio and television networks that broadcasted the Winter Olympic's Opening Ceremonies. At the center of Greene's arsenal was a Mackie Digital 8 Bus (D8B).
"The D8B is truly a great-sounding desk," Greene commented. "I had originally set it up just to run the rehearsals, but it sounded so great and worked so well that I decided to leave it connected for the whole Opening Ceremony. I fed the entire broadcast through the D8B, and it worked flawlessly. I'll use the same setup for the Closing Ceremonies."
"We are proud that billions of people around the world heard the sounds of the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City through a Mackie Designs' Digital 8 Bus mixer," said Jamie Engen, CEO of Mackie.
For the Olympics, everything from music and live vocals to dignitary speeches and audience response was sent through the D8B to a massive global audience. Also on hand was a Mackie 32 8 analog console. Greene said, "The 32 8 provided several auxiliary sources. I had a number of production mics connected to it. I also used it for metering. As with the D8B, the 32 8 worked perfectly and sounded fantastic."
For more on the Mackie D8B, visit www.mackie.com.