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Prism Sound Records The Wall

Producer James Guthrie used Prism Sound multitrack machines and converters to record Roger Waters' "The Wall Live In Athens."

Cambridge, UK (October 5, 2011)—Producer James Guthrie used Prism Sound multitrack machines and converters to record Roger Waters’ The Wall Live In Athens.

A full 30 years after Pink Floyd first performed the Roger Waters-written The Wall, Waters has been touring a new version of the show. The tour culminated in Greece in July with three shows at the 2004 Olympic Stadium. These were captured for posterity by a crew of nearly 100 people just to tackle the filming, making this the biggest European concert film project for nearly 30 years.

Waters called in long-time Pink Floyd producer James Guthrie to handle the sound recording and mixing. Guthrie, in turn, requested the services of Prism Sound to help build a 96-track, 96 kHz fully-mirrored SADiE recording setup modeled on that of his private studio in Lake Tahoe, CA.

Prism Sound’s sales director Graham Bowell explains: “James is a perfectionist who has a passion for clean and transparent recording. For this project, James used the Le Voyageur II mobile with the 48-channel Neve V-Series analogue recording console onboard the truck, but this time recordings were captured using the SADiE digital multitrack recorders interfaced through Prism Sound ADA-8XR AD-DA converters. For monitoring, he used Le Voyageur’s ATC units, another brand that he favors.”

A total of 96 tracks were recorded, distributed between the main 64-track SADiE system and a smaller SADiE LRX2 system running 32 tracks. All of the tracks were recorded at 96kHz sampling, 24-bit resolution. Sixteen channels of outboard Neve 1073 and 1081 preamplifiers, provided by London-based FX Rentals, were also used, boosted by the addition of 16 channels of Prism Sound’s Maselec Master Series MMA-4XR mic preamps. Two separate Neve 16:2 mixers, also courtesy of FX Rentals, were used ahead of the V-series console to help contain the total number of recording tracks.

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