Mix engineer Tommy Vicari (pictured) used 56 channels of Millennia’s HV-3 preamps in mixing the Academy Awards Orchestra for the 79th Annual Academy Awards show, held on February 25, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and seen by more than 38 million television viewers.
To prepare for this major event, Vicari says, “You assemble 61 to 70 of the finest musicians in the world, put them under the guidance of an award winning producer, director [and] a gifted and versatile conductor, and use the finest equipment you can find to compliment their ability.
“As for me, the responsibility is to take a relatively small orchestra, compared to movie standards, and make them sound elegant and larger than the amount of musicians we really have. My goal is to put the television audience fifth row center at the Oscars.
“When choosing the preamps for the Academy Awards Orchestra, and for everything I record, I choose Millennia,” he continues. “They are amazingly clear, versatile and simple to operate under what can be very stressful conditions. At the Kodak Theatre, we used 32 preamps for the musicians in the orchestra pit. Since we go back and forth between pre-recorded cues to live performances, we want the segue to be as invisible as possible. Live television can be risky business, but I can always count on Millennia to be there when I need them. In combination with the right microphones, Millennia preamps can make your recording experience a pleasant one and relatively risk free!”