The 2011 edition of Les Vieilles Charrues saw 270,000 revellers during it’s four-day duration and 2012 was set to break records with headline acts including Bob Dylan, Sting, The Cure, Portishead, LMFAO, Kasabian as well as many French artists, such as Thomas Dutronc, Sebda, Orelsan and Amadou et Mariam.
Console brand Innovason had a strong presence at the festival in conjunction with live audio and video recording specialist Sombrero & Co, who deployed three Eclipse consoles at the event to handle live audio recording, mix and streaming for both live TV and future documentaries and DVDs.
Each Eclipse was connected to a DioCore stagebox plus, in the case of the main stage and for the performances of those who required 80 inputs each, a further Muxipaire stagebox, which added another 24 microphone inputs to the 64 already provided by the DioCore. The onboard M.A.R.S recorder of each Eclipse handled the recording of up to 64 pre-amps from each stage, with post-fader input recording handling by 3 MT-128s from VB Audio. The signal from the stage to the console was transmitted via OptoCore with fibre optic.
Each stage was equipped with up to eight Solution D digital microphones from Neumann acting as ambient microphones, all directly controlled by the Eclipse consoles.
According to Sombrero & Co’s Benoit Bilg, who both engineered and headed up the sound recording team, the Eclipses performed well.
He said: “For me, the Elipse is simply the most intuitive console available on the market today. For a start, you can configure it exactly as you want, but even so, it works in exactly the same way as I think! For me, it’s completely instinctive, which I love.
“Finally, and in my eyes, equally as important as any technical criteria, I can’t speak highly enough of the Innovason team, and in particular, product manager and father of Eclipse, Herve de Caro,” he continued. “Products are born of people, and so the relationships that you have with those people are important. Herve is someone that is totally committed to his ideas, and utterly dedicated when it comes to support for his products – we know that we can rely on him completely to find the best possible solution for any given scenario.”
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