Abbey Road Live Here Now – the Abbey Road spin-off which records and distributes concert CDs directly after a performance – is using Avid’s VENUE Profile live sound system to record shows worldwide.
The team has already made use of VENUE Profile during Faithless’ recent world tour and recent Manchester and London concerts by Eliza Doolittle.
For these shows, Abbey Road Live Here has been working with location recording company DMZ Live, which provides vehicles and equipment for remote recording. During recording, the MADI feed passes through an optical cable into the MADI Option card, which is inserted into the VENUE desk. The output is then mixed in stereo and mastered on the desk, before being passed to real-time burners to create the master CDs.
The deal was brokered by Avid reseller HD Pro Audio, while Avid’s UK live sound specialist, James Baker, offered support and advice to DMZ Live and Abbey Road Live Here Now.
“We really do only have one shot at recording live concerts,” said MJ, head of live at Abbey Road Live Here Now. “You can’t ask Faithless to repeat their last track because the feed broke up! So we needed a system that was 100% reliable and produced brilliant sound. Sound quality is paramount when you’re selling a high-end product to fans.
“The nature of our work also takes us around the world so we needed the desk to be portable – the VENUE Profile system fulfilled all these requirements and more. Avid’s customer service team was excellent – a week after purchasing the desk we were up and running.”
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