A total of eight JoeCo BlackBox BBR64-MADI recorders, designed in a joint venture between JoeCo and Sintefex Audio, were used on the recent George Michael Symphonica Tour to capture 2x256 channels of audio in what was potentially one of the largest live recording projects to date.
In addition to their nightly recording function, and the additional capture of soundchecks, the BlackBoxes were also used in Virtual Soundcheck mode for system set-ups, replaying material from previous shows to help balance and EQ the PA system at each venue.
At the Royal Opera House, four further BBR64-MADI units were connected to an additional DiGiCo console, generating broadcast mixes for this particular show. As well as running an extra 256-channel record, the BlackBox recorders also acted as a playback engine for making adjustments to the broadcast mix.
The BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorders were supplied by Wigwam Acoustics Ltd (www.wigwamacoustics.co.uk) and JoeCo Ltd. Image used by kind permisssion.
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JoeCo has announced the 64-channel BlackBox Recorder designed in collaboration with Sintefex Audio. The MADI enabled unit supports both coaxial and optical MADI connections for interfacing with any MADI equipped console or other equipment. Additionally, the BBR64-MADI caters for 56-channel legacy MADI and can record an additional eight channels of analogue (balanced line in) for capturing the audience or general ambience.
The BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder records up to 64 channels directly to Broadcast WAV files on an external USB2 drive, yet still only occupies one unit of rack space.
The BlackBox BBR-Dante Recorder can connect to any Dante-enabled network device from a broad range of console and converter manufacturers to offer 32-channel recording and playback. Supporting standard network components and switches (Gigabit Ethernet over Cat 5 cable), it can similarly record up to eight channels of analogue (balanced line in) alongside the inputs from the Dante network. For synchronisation purposes the BBR-Dante system can lock to and generate word clock, or lock to the incoming Dante audio stream.
For full details, visit the JoeCo website.
Photo credit: Jeff Swanson.
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