Yamaha Helps out ‘Arrested Development’

Apr 16, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Composer David Schwartz (aka d Fly, pictured) recently upgraded his workspace with two new Yamaha 02R96 digital mixing consoles just in time for his latest project: scoring and writing original music for the Fox television series, Arrested Development.

"It's a very funny, smart show," Schwartz said. "We often have upward of 15 minutes of music for each half-hour episode. We're doing 22 episodes this season, and every week is mostly new music—everything from alternative rock to sambas.

"The new 02R96s allowed me to simplify my studio and simultaneously have more power," Schwartz continued. "We were able to get rid of five analog and two digital patchbays, a separate master section and streamline from four down to two cascaded consoles, which gives the feeling of having one large desk. We also sold all our outboard converters, as we prefer the sound of the [02R]96's. The new boards dropped into my original custom desks, so the installation was easy. Learning the new features took a few days.

"My engineer can be mixing while I record or edit. The EQ and dynamics are very strong, and the Studio Manager software is very useful. I can save scenes from either my keyboard composing setup or from the console. Overall, the sound is a significant improvement over the original 02R, and I never miss my old analog board. As far as flexibility is concerned, the routing allows me to have different setups for records, film or mixing work, and everything can be recalled at the touch of a button. We have six Lightpipe and two AES SR cards, which allow me to clock my seven vintage Roland 760 samplers, even though they're lacking word clock inputs. That also applies to my DAT machines and the like. We're also using the 02R96's onboard effects and EQ, plus TDM plug-ins. Now I can use my Teletronix LA-2A or Massenburg EQ without losing quality from the converters. I'm also looking forward to the V2 plug-ins."

Schwartz’s latest work has included Maximum Bob, Leap of Faith, Wolf Lake, The Ellen Show, Cold Feet, Everything's Relative, The John Larroquette Show and Beverly Hills 90210. His film and tele-film credits include Magic in the Water, My Little Assassin, Deadman's Revenge, the soon-to-be-released You Stupid Man and VH-1’s Two of Us, based on a fictional post-Beatles reunion of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

For more information on the Yamaha board, click here. For more information on Schwartz, visit www.davidschwartzmusic.com.

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