Italian distributor for Soundcraft and Studer, Leading Technologies, along with sister company Sound Light & Technologies (SL&T) recently embarked upon a project with RAI Radio to record Rossini’s famous La Cenerentola (Cinderella).
The vast production involved around 250 members of cast and technical crew, and was mixed on a combination of three Studer Vista 9 and Vista 5 consoles, with three additional Soundcraft V1 desks providing backup. These were used in four different scene locations: while the actors, singers and choir were variously located in Parco della Mandria in Venaria, Palazzina di Caccia and Palazzo Reale in Torino, the orchestra was recorded remotely at the Auditorium RAI in Torino.
Each of the locations were linked via fibre or radio bridge to offer the actors a sense of performing in real time with the orchestra. A Studer stagebox was also positioned in each venue.
Two Vista 9 consoles (configured with 52 faders) were also put to work alongside a further Vista 9 with 42 faders and a 42-fader Vista 5 located in the OB truck, which were used for mixing the Orchestra and actors’ microphones, as well as for 5.1 post-production, while the three Soundcraft Vi1 consoles were utilised for pre-mix of secondary inputs and backup.
A multi-track recorder received the audio via a MADI port on the Vista 9. The orchestra required 68 microphone channels on the desks with a further 12 channels for the choir (who were based in the same location as the actors).
RAI Radio provided technical staff, while SL&T provided personnel support and other ancillary equipment from the Harman Professional portfolio, including JBL EON loudspeakers and AKG microphones and headphones. AKG C414 XLII and various K141 and K702 microphones were used for mixing and monitoring by both the musicians and engineers.
The event itself was transmitted live around the world over a two-day period in early June and the DVD, produced by Rada Film, will soon be available for marketing and promotion.
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