The Who helps BBC Radio International to reach concert milestone17 April 2007
UK: The Who’s recent performance at the revived Roundhouse in London has become BBC Radio International’s 1,000th In Concert release, available for broadcast to radio services around the world. Meanwhile, the band recently appeared at lead singer Roger Daltrey’s Teenage Cancer Trust concert series with an audio specification centred around DiGiCo’s D5 Live console, writes David Davies.
Recorded by Radio 2 Live Music last autumn as part of the BBC’s inaugural Electric Proms season, The Who’s performance was captured on a (now rarely seen) Sony 3348 DASH digital audio recorder sited in large mobile unit Sound 1. Mixed by Mike Walter and edited/mastered by Paul Long, the concert was originally broadcast as a one-hour Radio 2 special last November; the version now available to broadcasters worldwide is a new extended edit.
Running since 1971, the In Concert series has evolved to become one of the world’s largest catalogues of quality live music available to radio, with featured artists including Led Zeppelin, Elton John, REM and Paul McCartney.
“I’m particularly proud [of] the role In Concert has had over the years in bringing quality British artists to international audiences, and it is very fitting that one of the all-time greatest British bands should be our 1,000th In Concert release,” commented Daniel Dearlove, general manager of BBC Radio International.
Meanwhile, having recently completed the US leg of its world tour in support of long-awaited new album Endless Wire, The Who is now preparing for its latest European trek. In between the two legs, the band appeared at the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) during the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series in late March with a set-up based around a DiGiCo D5 Live.
“The D5 has an analogue feel about it in all respects, with instant access to the control via the touch screens and no multiple menus to go through,” noted the band’s FOH engineer, Paul Ramsay, who reserves particular praise for the sound quality of the pre amps.
Loudspeaker-wise, The Who’s current arena tour – audio requirements for which are supplied by Entec Sound and Light – features a flown d&b J-Series system comprising 48 J8s, eight J12s and 16 J-SUBs, with ground-stacked components comprising six B2s and eight Q7s all running on d&b D12 amplifiers using Rope software.
For the RAH appearance, the band made use of a reduced system comprising 24 J8s, four J12s, 12 J-SUBs, 18 Q1s and four B2-SUBs. Q7s, Q10s and E3s were also used for the choir stall and nearfield coverage.