Solutions for Superior Live Sound and Recording
The fact that extremely high quality is required of the processors and effects used in live sound is a given. The ability to quickly and flexibly apply the right effects for any situation is important too. Here we’ll introduce some processors and effects that offer all the required quality and versatility, and more.
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Eventide H3000 Live
MY8-LAKE Processing Card
Lake processing is well established as the standard for speaker processing in live sound applications. Jointly developed by Lab.gruppen and Yamaha, the MY8-LAKE card allows advanced, intuitive Lake processing to be seamlessly integrated into Yamaha digital mixing consoles. Three processing modes are provided: 8 in/8 out Mesa mode (system EQ), 8 in/12 out Contour mode (crossover), and 4 in/4 out or 2 in/6 out combinations of the above. Mesa EQ, with it symmetrical curve, is particularly advantageous for console input processing as well.
From utility 2-track USB flash drive recording to serious network-fed multitrack DAW recording, Yamaha offers recording solutions that will get the job done with maximum efficiency and minimum effort. In an age where there are so many ways to put recorded live content to productive use, features like this are a significant advantage.
2-track USB Flash Memory Recording
The CL and LS9 series digital mixing consoles allow direct 2-track recording to USB flash drives in MP3 format. The flash drive can be handed over to the artists after the show, or used to upload the freshly recorded performance to the web. Background music or sound effects loaded onto the flash drive (MP3, AAC, or WMA format) can be played back too, so there’s no need to carry and set up bulky playback equipment.
Dante Live Recording System
The simplest recording solution for a Dante network is Dante Virtual Soundcard software. With Dante Virtual Soundcard on a Windows or Mac computer, you only have to connect the computer’s network port to the Dante network for direct 64-channel (max.) audio input and output capability. You can then use Steinberg Nuendo Live or a similar DAW application for top-quality multitrack recording of up to 64 tracks. If the computer has a PCIe slot you can also install a Dante Accelerator card that will allow recording of up to 128 simultaneous tracks.
The recorded tracks can be used, for example, for virtual sound checks. Dante network patching is temporarily switched so that DAW playback is routed to the console channels, allowing you to use a recording of the previous day’s performance as source material for sound checks.
Maximizing live Recording Reliability
Computer performance and setup are critical factors in determining the stability and reliability of live recording. A computer with a minimum clock speed of 2 GHz and at least 4 GB of RAM installed is recommended. The hard disk used should be a 7200 RPM or higher type. If possible, a separate hard disk (i.e. other than the system hard disk) should be dedicated to audio recording and playback.
A one-hour-long monophonic 48 kHz/24 bit audio track will require approximately 500 MB of disk space. If you have 120 GB of disk space available, for example, you should be able to record 60 tracks for about four hours. A two-hour show recorded in 48-track format will require about 50 GB of hard disk space.
Multitrack recording places extremely high demands on the computer’s processing capabilities. In order to ensure maximum sound quality and reliability it is best to use a computer that is specifically set up for and dedicated to recording only, with no unnecessary software or drivers installed. Unused network interfaces, including wireless, should be turned off. To further increase performance automatic indexing of the disk drive used for recording and playback should also be turned off.