International collaboration leads to ‘largest myMix deployment’
WORLD: Renowned DJ Pete Tong recently toured the UK over three consecutive nights in Birmingham, London and Manchester. The tour was titled Ibiza Classics and featured performances from the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley, as well as Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre, John Newman and Candi Staton. Called in to handle the pro audio setup was the Dutch team of Fred den Dulk and Ron Peeters from Next Level Audio and freelance FOH engineer Tom Gelissen. With a mix of musical genres, classical and dance, and a large number of performers, a personal monitoring solution was decided upon and this led to the implementation of a myMix system, provided by the manufacturer’s British distributor, Synthax UK.
‘We were looking for a hard wired monitor system which was able to handle sufficient inputs to have at least the ability to give every musician a direct out of their own mic or a blend of both mics on one instrument, so they were able to control their own level in their mix,’ recalled Mr Peeters, who regularly serves as the monitor engineer for the Heritage Orchestra. ‘So, the main purpose of our search was to find a system that could handle that many inputs. myMix is unique in this way because it gave us the required 54 stage mic inputs/direct outs and 30 channels of sub-mixes and there are no other systems that can handle this many channels. It is able to handle so many input channels, it was perfect for our requirement.’
Assisting the Next Level Audio team with the monitoring design was Audio XL, also based in the Netherlands. The myMix mixers deployed were fed with several sub-mixes, including those for strings, brass, the band and Pete Tong. The section leader and their own instruments were also made available on separate channels. The mixers were networked via eight Cisco switchers and attached to each section leader’s seat using a K&M microphone bar to facilitate easy access.
Three monitor 96kHz 32-channel Madi output streams were included on the myMix network by converting the Madi feed from 96kHz to 48kHz and using a pair of RME ADI-648 multichannel audio digital interfaces to convert Madi to ADAT. This was then fed to a rack containing of six myMix IEX-16L-A expanders.
As the three events took place over consecutive nights, the rigging time was tight. This highlighted another advantage of the myMix setup. ‘We were able to have all the myMix mixers set up and have the system running in less than an hour,’ confirmed Mr Dulk. ‘I had given the orchestra members just a five minute overview of the myMixes, and we didn’t get any questions. All these classical musicians were able to use it straight away with no problem.’
With the concerts finished, all three Dutch technicians have reportedly stated that they will specify myMix more often for future assignments. Synthax UK also claims that this is ‘the largest myMix deployment ever in the UK, and probably one of the largest ever in Europe’.