Roland digital consoles, recorders and digital snakes provided a portable production and TV studio solution for the MTV Europe Awards (EMA) pre-show party in Moscow on 9 November.
The setup, comprising a Roland M-400 digital console, a M-480 digital console, two R-1000 standalone recorders and S-2416, S-1608 and S-0816 digital snakes, was used for the live production, mixing and recording of the sound for the entire event, which was televised by MTV Russia.
Evgeny Ilin, the chief sound engineer for the party, specified Roland products for the job after using them for various projects throughout 2014. Roland Russia supplied the equipment for the party, held at the GlavClub, as Ilin's own Roland rig was already being used. Seeing it as "a perfect opportunity" to test-drive the most recent addition to the Roland digital snake line, the S-2416, he requested that the new snake be added to the setup, too.
"When Evgeny contacted us, we were more than happy to get involved in this high-profile event," says Sergey Borzov, product manager at Roland Russia (pictured right). "Since spring, he has been using Roland products, including the M-480, M-400, R-1000, S-1608 and S-4000M, for his own live sound projects, and we had been looking for a chance to demonstrate the capabilities of the S-2416 to him. With the consoles having a small footprint, a relatively lightweight and portable solution could be built that was easy to connect with the R-1000 and digital snakes using Cat5e. The compact digital snakes offered the flexibility to configure setups for different performances."
The Roland equipment was set up to handle two mixes: a music mix using the M-400 console, and a programme mix with the M-480.
The music part of the setup utilised the S-2416 (set up in cascade mode) and the S-1608 digital snakes, splitting 40 channels (analogue) from FOH through the R-1000 recorder to the M-400. The mix was done on the M-400 and sent via REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) back to the R-1000 to capture 42 channels.
The programme mix used the larger M-480 console connected to the S-0816 and S-1608 digital snakes via the R-1000. The S-1608 was used to capture four ambient mics and 10 speech mics from the stage. The main task for the S-0816 was to create a connection to the video production team, providing 16 output channels and a few mics so that the producers had a reliable connection to the stage team. The second R-1000 captured ambient mics, speech mics and the stereo programme. Both the M-400 and M-480 were connected via analogue cables.
The 2014 MTV EMAs, hosted by Nicki Minaj, were held at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 9 November.