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Red TX a definite for Vodafone TBA

test 17 June 2008

UK: Red TX captured audio at the first Vodafone TBA concert of the year, writes David Davies. The broadcast sound company was established earlier this year by Ian Dyckhoff and Conrad Fletcher, and made its debut in March at the Shockwaves NME Awards (read more here). Four months on, the first Vodafone TBA show of the year required Red TX to capture performances by three acts, including the Sugababes (pictured).

Held in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, the show – which also featured performances by the Feeling and the Hoosiers – was broadcast on Channel 4 with a delay of just half-an-hour. The broadcast also featured backstage interviews by presenter Dave Berry.

Red TX was commissioned to handle the live broadcast audio by Initial, part of the Endemol group, Equipped with a Studer Vista 8 console, Red TX’s truck was parked 220m from the stage and linked to the on-stage microphones via two fibre optic cables.

“We recorded every band as live, along with audience FX, and mixed on board the truck,” said Conrad Fletcher, who manned the controls alongside Ollie Nesham and Gary MacBride. “Our audio was then fed to CTV’s scanner where a team of editors were on hand to compile the programme before it was transmitted to Channel 4 in London via a satellite uplink. We had no more than four minutes to handle any re-mixes that might be required, but fortunately, due to careful preparation during the previous day’s rehearsals, we didn’t have to re-mix anything because the producers were very happy with our first mixes.”

Speaking to PSN-e, Dyckhoff confirms that Red TX has a busy summer lined up, with commitments including a new live music series for ITV/Spin Productions filmed at the indigO2 London, various projects for MTV and the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Concert later this month.

“We’ve been very busy since May and it looks like it’s going to stay that way for the rest of the year,” he says. “There is definitely scope now for a second truck, which will be exciting to put together and will hopefully be on the road in the autumn.”

Dyckhoff notes that the prospective second truck will be configured almost identically to Red TX’s existing facility, which features a set-up based around a Studer Vista 8 console, Pyramix DAW and PMC monitoring.

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