At this year’s 49th annual Grammy Awards telecast, sound engineers incorporated dual Digidesign ICON systems to produce live mixes for all performing artists. From the XM/Effanel L7 mobile production trailer, XM/Effanel’s team of engineers delivered simultaneous real-time 5.1 surround and 2-channel audio mixes for every artist who performed onstage.
In addition to the XM/Effanel system, the Grammys employed a second mobile ICON system that was configured to mirror the ICON system in the L7 trailer. Both mobile production trailers housed a 32-fader ICON D-Control worksurface along with a Pro Tools HD 7 Accel system for recording and mixing. John Harris and Eric Shilling recorded the rehearsals on one system and then moved the session to the secondary system for further refinement while the next artist was rehearsing.
“Every year the Grammy broadcast becomes more complex,” says Hank Neuberger, co-broadcast audio supervisor. “By relying on the power and flexibility of dual ICON systems, we were able to develop a unique workflow. We captured more pre-mix time for our music mixers to create the very best balances. The performing artists and their producers had more opportunities to collaborate with our music mixers, and that resulted in a better sounding show.”
XM/Effanel has a successful track record for mixing with ICON systems, including projects for Jazz at Lincoln Center and MTV’s Video Music Awards.