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Old 9th February 2015
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That's mind-blowing and super impressive. That many inputs, I'd hardly know where to start in post, let alone doing a live mix! Super excited to work towards that kind of production though.

Is that the kind of setup where everything has a specific purpose from scene-to-scene, planned throughout production, or are many stage inputs captured just for safety?
No, every mic gets used. The way it breaks down is I have a lot of zone coverage on the stage, a full pit of spot microphones, 3 sets of ambience/overall pickup at different distances and a couple of mics built into the sets. This is supplemented by 24 principals on wireless.
The way it gets put together to mix is each zone gets a VCA group along with the sections of the of the orchestra and mains. This gives me 8 VCA groups in total. I then have a score reader that is feeding me wireless cues and I mix the set mics as needed. This brings the active mix channels down to about 40. All in all not impossible, but it is 3 hours of constant focus and balancing.
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How many people, and how long does it take, to set up the 80 mics?
It took 3 people about 5 hours to rig the stage and pit. Ironically, the whole thing gets broken down and reset about 5 times because the company is running 3 operas in repertoire. Each reset takes about 90 minutes to reset and fax out the lines.
It takes 90 minutes to dress wireless each night and we have a separate person just to deal with that and frequency coordination. This is an extremely hostile RF environment and finding channels in our blocks was real work. Between local DTV, other venues and the Grammys happening down the street the wireless engineer is earning his pay.

All the best,
-mark
Old 9th February 2015
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we have a separate person just to deal with that and frequency coordination. This is an extremely hostile RF environment and finding channels in our blocks was real work. Between local DTV, other venues and the Grammys happening down the street the wireless engineer is earning his pay.
Good RF engineers are worth their weight in gold. And the work is only going to get more complex and difficult as we as the FCC sells off more spectrum to broadband wireless and cell phone systems. Any young guys out there that want a solid career, start learning RF engineering and coordination.

I'm lucky in that Tulsa, Oklahoma is not nearly as hostile as the big markets. It's fairly easy to find 40 or so good channels on any given night and we don't have a lot going on in the area, other than City Hall right across the street.
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