From left to right: Randy Ezzraty, Tekserve’s Chris Payne and Joel Singer.
MTV’s Video Music Awards took place in New York City on August 31, 2006 with the illustrious Jack Black hosting and featuring artists such as Christina Aguilera, Ludacris and The Killers. The live broadcast mix was overseen by Joel Singer, lead engineer for XM Productions/Effanel Music. Singer parked outside of Radio Music City Hall in the company’s famed L7 truck, which is equipped with a Digidesign ICON D-Control console.
“We were the first remote truck to have an ICON,” Singer states. “We record on two separate Pro Tools systems: a master and a safety. We can do a full recall to start remixing in no time at all, so our throughput is much faster than a typical post house would be remixing audio for music TV.”
L7 is supplied and constantly updated by Tekserve in New York City. “Tekserve has been a key partner of ours since the beginning,” says Singer. “Everyone sells gear, but what it all comes down to at the end of the day is customer service and support, and that’s what Tekserve gives us.”