Delicate Productions Provides Sound for "James Bond"

Jan 15, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Live sound production company Delicate Productions (Camarillo, Calif.) was callled upon to provide the audio playback system for the recent gala invitation-only charity premiere organized by MGM at the Shrine Auditorium for Die Another Day, the latest movie in the James Bond franchise.

Engineer/system designer Lyle Dick, in coordination with contractor Boston Sound & Light, assembled and installed the sound system for the 4,000-seat auditorium around an InnovaSon Grand Live fully digital mixing console. For this premiere, the movie's soundtrack was presented in Dolby Digital Surround-EX format.

"This system was only the main channels and one set of backups," Dick said. "We had six channels from the booth, plus a feed from the red carpet." Audio from the temporary projection booth, constructed on the balcony of the venue, was fed via an InnovaSon Stage Box through a pair of coaxial cables to the FOH position.

"We took the left-right surround feed and did a direct patch out of the console into the Dolby box and brought that mix back for the EX [rear-surround] channel," Dick continued. "We setup two scenes so that if one projector went down, we could switch scenes and then pull the left and right surround from the other projector and patch those into the Dolby box.

"We fed the digital AES outputs of the InnovaSon directly into the digital inputs of the BSS Soundweb. So we remained digital from the Stage Box all the way to the amplifiers, because we used the Soundwebs as crossovers. There was no analog anywhere apart for some intercom." XLR cables fed the outputs of the console to the BSS Soundweb at the FOH, and then RJ45 cable linked the processors located at each amplifier rack, which powered a multichannel system comprised of Martin Audio, Adamson and Apogee speaker systems.

"It was pretty straight-ahead, but it was definitely a first for us, doing digital to digital," Dick concluded. "That was a nice experiment and it worked great: lots of headroom, and nice and clean."

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