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Mike Fanuele

The current Post Traumaticsolo tour by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda set out with mix engineers Mike Fanuele and Kevin ‘Tater’ McCarthy sharing a single DiGiCo SD12. After the first show, the SD12 moved on for  tour legs in Asia and Europe, and McCarthy – associated with Shinoda for more than a decade – spec’d twof DiGiCo ultra portable SD11i desks for the promo tour that preceded the Asia dates.

‘A lot of people have asked me why I choose the SD11i,’ he reports. ‘Originally, it was just Mike Shinoda and no other band members. The band and additional crew where added after the gear had shipped to Hong Kong. After a few shows, I was comfortable with the all the new inputs and with the 12-fader format, so I decided to keep it. It never came off that table rack. I just popped the lid every day and was ready to go.’

Gimlet Media

Recent statistics have it that more than a quarter of the population now listen to podcasts regularly as the 20-year old format takes hold of a new generation of media consumers. Accordingly, NY-based Gimlet Media has opened a new 28,000sq-ft production facility based in downtown Brooklyn which was designed in tandem with the acoustic architectural firm Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG).

The new facility catapults Gimlet’s podcasting operations from a modest studio operation to a commercial-grade, custom space that promises to take its content to the next level – from both quality and efficiency perspectives. For Technical Director Austin Thompson, this is the realisation of what Gimlet has strived to achieve...

VRT OB van

Stage Tec has upgraded two of Flemish broadcaster VRT’s HD01 and HD02 OB vans with RMDQ audio DSP units – each is now each equipped with six DSP boards in their Nexus Star routers.

The OB trucks are now ready for all production requirements – depending on the configuration, 44 mix buses and more than 500 audio channels are available. The consoles, which have been installed in the OB vans for eight years, now benefit from features including an automixer, M/S decoder, internal tone generator and new VCA hierarchy.

Carmen at the annual summer Bregenz Festival

Supporting sound reinforcement and directional listening systems for a sold-out run of Georges Bizet’s Carmen at the annual summer Bregenz Festival, Lawo’s new mc²96 console served the Floating Stage on Lake Constance. Lawo systems already in use simplified the upgrade of the production console, which plays an important part in the production’s remarkable use of sound.

Sound designer Alwin Bösch and sound engineer Gernot Gögele moved from an mc²66 console the festival used since 2005 to an IP-based Lawo mc²96 grand production console, which was installed prior to this year’s performances. Although learning the new operating sequences took a few days, Bösch and Gögele were up and running within a week.

Pearl Jam followed two recent sold-out Safeco Field ‘Home Shows’ – the band’s first Seattle concerts in five years – with a donation of US$868,189 from ticket and merch sales to a variety of King County homeless-related organisations and service providers. This generosity helped prompt donations from other organisations ultimately totalling US$10.8m.

The shows followed tours in South America and Europe, ahead of a three-city, five-date tour of ‘Away Shows’ at Washington-Grizzly Stadium at the University of Montana in Missoula, Wrigley Field in Chicago, and Boston’s Fenway Park. Rat Sound Systems, the band’s longtime touring reinforcement provider, carried a full complement of L-Acoustics loudspeaker systems.

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