Red II

Filmed and broadcast live to 1,500 cinemas around the world, a recent Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Cologne gave the new Red II OB truck a chance to shine.

The German concert marked the launch of the band’s new album, I’m With You, and showcased the album in its entirety as well as some familiar hits.

Production company Splinter chose UK-based broadcast sound specialist Red TX to handle the audio component of the project, with live sound engineer and Red TX director Tim Summerhayes providing a live feed that matched the quality of the band’s performance.

‘This was a very special performance for everyone involved because it effectively launched the new album to the entire world,’ Summerhayes says. ‘We worked alongside Andrew Scheps, who was a mix engineer on the studio album, while the Red TX team consisted of myself, Ollie Nesham and Mike Silverston. Everything was done digitally throughout with the final uplink to the world handled by Chris Bretnall from Creative Broadcast Solutions, who worked closely with the chaps from the Cinevideogroep from Holland. So we had participation from Holland, Germany, England and America – a truly international effort.’

Equipped with a Studer Vista 8 mixing desk (as is the Red I production vehicle), the Red TX team are finding that Studer’s SCore Live engine affords them a lot more flexibility than they have been accustomed to: ‘We have geared the new vehicle around 7.1 because it was becoming increasingly apparent that the requirements for panning were different from cinema 5.1,’ says Red TX MD, Ian Dyckhoff. ‘Also, by incorporating 3D in a fully redundant production vehicle, we are future-proofing it.’

‘Everyone who took part worked incredibly hard and their dedication and willingness to engage in the spirit of the event resulted in an amazing film created under very tough conditions,’ says Splinter’s Emer Patten. ‘We have worked with Red TX many times in the past and once again they produced stunning results. It was a complex project but Tim and his team handled it brilliantly. As a result of everyone’s efforts, Splinter now has some very happy clients.’

I’m With You was recorded at East West Studios in Los Angeles and Shangri-la in Malibu, California, with producer Rick Rubin (who worked on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ five previous albums). It was mixed by Andrew Scheps and Greg Fidelman. To date, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60m albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards.

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