An impressive 224 channels of live audio were recorded at the 2013 Lorraine de Choeur with four JoeCo BlackBox BBR64MADI systems. The event is held every two years and is one of the biggest live music shows in France. Held at the Galaxie d’Amneville, one of the largest live venues in France, the performance included an electric band, 50-piece orchestra and 2,000-member choir directed by Jacky Locks.
Philippe Barguirdjian, technical director of rental giant Dushow, led the sound team that carried out the mixing and recording of the three shows that lasted four hours each. Four BBR64MADI systems were connected directly to the FOH DiGiCo SD7 and SD10 consoles for rehearsals and the team made use of the virtual sound check feature allowing singers to preserve their voices for the show. Four systems were racked for the live show, recording 56 channels of MADI each. “I am used to recording this kind of show, but 224 channels was a ‘first’ for me,” said Barguirdjian. “Linking the BBR units was very easy and their small footprint is excellent. Once we had selected the right hard drives, the whole process became extremely straightforward and stable. During recording we were also able to insert Markers by simply pressing the Record button – a convenient feature when capturing a long show. The JoeCoRemote for iPad also helped us a lot.” JoeCo’s French distributor SCV Audio supplied the BBR64MADI systems to Dushow that were used at Lorraine de Choeur. www.joeco.co.uk