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Innovason Eclipse rocks Les Vieilles Charrues

Three Eclipse consoles were deployed for this year’s ‘French Glastonbury,’ with headliners including Bob Dylan, Sting, The Cure, Portishead, LMFAO and Kasabian.

Three of Innovason’s Eclipse consoles were used for one of France’s biggest music festivals, Les Vieilles Charrues, which celebrated its 21st birthday in July this year. Headliners for the 2012 ‘French Glastonbury’ included Bob Dylan, Sting, The Cure, Portishead, LMFAO, Kasabian as well as big-name French artists such as Thomas Dutronc, Zebda, and Orelsan. Sombrero & Co, specialists in live audio and video recording, used an Eclipse at each of the main stages, connected to a DioCore stagebox. On the main stage, an additional Muxipaire stagebox was added specifically for performances by Sting and The Cure, which required some 80 inputs each. The Eclipse’s onboard M.A.R.S. recorder handled the recording of up to 64 pre-amps from each stage, with post-fader input recording handled by three MT-128s from VB Audio – the same recorder that is inside the Eclipse – in order to keep an exact copy of the live mix destined for the TV channels. The signal from the stage to the console was transmitted via OptoCore over fibre optic. According to Sombrero & Co.’s Benoit Gilg (pictured) who both engineered and headed up the sound recording team, the Eclipses performed impeccably. “For me, the Eclipse is simply the most intuitive console available on the market today,” he stated. “For a start, you can configure it exactly as you want it, but even so, it works in exactly the same way as I think! For me, it’s completely instinctive, which I love.”