Once again this year TC Electronic processors were integral to audio production for both the pre-show telecast and the main broadcast of the 79th Annual Academy Awards. Pittsburgh-based NEP Broadcasting and Remote Recording provided mobile facilities.
Veteran engineer Tommy Vicari mixed the orchestra and music stems with a TC Electronic Reverb 6000 as one of the main effects on the Neve VRM console in Remote Recording's Silver Studio, designed by Dave Hewitt. Reverb 6000 includes VSS reverbs for mono, stereo, Lt-Rt, 5.1 and 6.1 formats, and offers a touch screen remote with motorized faders.
The ABC network's pre-show telecast also featured a TC DB-4 DTV audio processor, which includes automatic level control, 5-band compression and peak limiting, as well as automatic up-mixing from stereo to 5.1. Klaus Landsberg, another veteran of numerous awards shows, manned the Calrec console in NEP's Supershooter SS25B HD truck. Landsberg used a TC DB-4 DTV audio processor for the HD and SD feeds.
“I used a DB-8 for multiband processing on last year's Oscar pre-show and was very happy with the results,” Landsberg says. “So this year I am using a DB-4 on both the 5.1 and Lt-Rt air chains."