Pictured in Remote Recording's Polar Express truck are Marc Repp (left) and Doc Damon.
For the second consecutive year, location recording specialist Remote Recording was on hand for the 40th annual CMA Awards, broadcast live on November 6, 2006 from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn. Engineer/producer Elliot Scheiner served as the broadcast’s audio producer, as he has for the past several years.
Scheiner oversaw all aspects of the production’s audio from Remote Recording’s Polar Express, the newest truck in its fleet. The Polar Express is equipped with two Yamaha DM-2000 digital consoles, a pair of 128-track AMD 64-bit dual processor Nuendo systems, and a Pro Tools HD rig.
This year, the CMA Awards were broadcast in surround sound for the first time. The multichannel mix was created in the Polar Express, Scheiner explains. “ABC was sending viewer feedback to us while the show was on the air,” he recalls, “and all the comments were great. I’m very happy with what we’re sending out of the truck.”
Vocal microphones and all announcers’ mics were handled in the Polar Express, which also hosted the audio sweetener. The live bands’ audio came from the MTV Nashville truck, which was also on hand. “It’s a lot to oversee,” says Scheiner. “There’s so much going on.”