Sir RoundADAM Users
Berlin, January 1, 2009
Other Voices is a TV Live Music Show, which is recorded live in Dingle, Ireland, close to the western edge of Europe. The venue is a tiny 200-year-old church with space for only 85 souls. The extraordinary feature of this series is that major international stars come to play there. The town, the venue, the entire Other Voices crew, have woven a web of charm, which no star is big enough to resist. The show has been Amy WineHouse, Steve Earle, Ray Davies, The Charlatans, The Alabama Three, Super Furry Animals, Cowboy Junkies, David Gray, and literally hundreds of others over the last six years.
This year, RAVE HD, an international Sat/Cable channel, specialising only in premiere broadcasts of Music shows with HD visuals, and 5.1 sound, will carry OV6 around the globe.
Sound Supervisor ‘DanDan’ FitzGerald embraced this opportunity warmly.
“This is a very small country, with very rare calls for 5.1 mixing. The setup you see here is a temporary installation, with thanks due to ADAM for helping make it happen. I tend to prefer and use older speakers. My Celestion Ditton 66’s and Spendor BC1’s are both legends. The Celestion does 18Hz to 40kHz with stunning mid from a soft dome driver. I have mixed on, or referred to these 66’s for decades. They are ageing, so I have been searching for a replacement. Ruairi O Flaherty loaned me his S3A’s. Subtle tweaks on their Eq put me in a familiar tonal territory. In fact, both of us were stunned with the similarity, and even mistook the speakers in A/B switching. The 5.1 setup here has the Spendor BC1’s doing the Surround work. Even with this ‘mix and match’, I could still generate a coherent sound field by gentle use of the ADAM Eq. The ADAM bonus is that they reveal far more than the old speakers. They have great clarity without harshness, and a firmer, more even, Bass. Mixing is now faster and more accurate. Checking on a secondary system, yields few surprises. These speakers, I believe, have shifted my activities up a gear.”