To celebrate the opening of a satellite sales office of Universal City, Calif.-based RSPE Audio Solutions at West L.A.'s top HD video and 5.1 surround facility Bennett Productions, a two-day open-house called “End to End” took place on November 16 to 17. Co-sponsored by Digidesign, audio engineers, post-production supervisors, live sound mixers and artists were invited to observe a real-time demonstration of the Bennett Group's capability to capture live music events using HD video and Pro Tools HD audio. Attendees witnessed the (simulated) remote A/V recording of several local artists in one of Bennett's plush soundstages using Digidesign's latest D-Show system. The live recording was immediately followed by its surround mixdown in an adjoining suite equipped with a Digidesign ICON console.
Gary Lux — multi-award-winning 5.1 music mixer and producer, and Bennett's senior VP of music development and audio production (pictured, left, with RSPE president Russ Belttary) — carefully explained and engineered both the live capture and mixdown steps. Once the mix was completed, the track was compressed into an AAC stream and made available to all attendees via Digidesign's DigiDelivery online system.