The Truck

The LiveWire mobile is a 32′ long air-ride trailer, with a machine room, control room, and maintenance room. The truck is equipped for full 5.1 surround sound monitoring. One side expands to give an additional four feet of width, resulting in a 16′ x 12′ control room, designed by Pilchner-Schoustal, one of North America’s top studio design firms. It’s rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the world’s best sounding control rooms on wheels.

In 2008 we installed a new SSL C200 digital console in the mobile. (It is the same model as the one that is used on the Stephen Colbert Show) The SSL has 96 inputs on banks of 32 faders, 5.1 surround sound bussing, and snapshot recall of all parameters. 96 SSL mic pre’s feed the console via a 1000′ fibre optic snake, with 32 additional ATI Paragon mic pre’s available, fed by a 52 channel snake.

We can provide up to 128 tracks of Protools HD backed up by 96 tracks of Tascam X-48 on firewire drives.

A closed circuit intercom and camera system ensures good communication between the audio mobile, the performance area, and the video control room, and our time code analyzer helps guarantee perfect sync between sound and picture. Our iclock master clock keeps sending wordclock to the recorders even if its input is disconnected, so we never lose clock reference.

And it isn’t just for recording live performances. When not “on the road”, the LiveWire mobile is a world class SSL 5.1 mix facility, either at our downtown Toronto facility or at the location of your choice. We can park in your driveway so you can do your final mix at home, in a Pilchner-Schoustal control room!

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The truck has recorded concerts in New York City, Nashville, Quebec, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Cleveland, The Maritimes, Vancouver, Detroit, Buffalo, Boston, Montreal, and even Daytona Beach, Florida. We’ll go anywhere in North America to record your project!

 

TRUCK EQUIPMENT:

  • The Truck:

2002 Great Dane 31 foot eighteen-wheeler.   Control room has 14’x4′ expanding section.
Machine room and control room have separate air conditioning systems.
Parking Requirements:  32′ x 15′

  • Console:

SSL C200 digital console with 96 inputs, full 5.1 bussing, snapshot recall.
96 SSL Remote-controlled mic preamps
MADI interface to video mobile (coax or optical)

  • Recorders:   

Primary Multitrack: 96 track Protools HDX system V10.3.7 with Sync I/O,
MIDI I/O, Apple Mac Pro 2.4 Ghz with 24 gb RAM, OS 10.5.11
interfaced to console via MADI

Backup Multitrack:  2 x 48 track Tascam X48 hard disc recorders
2 x Tascam CD-RW402 cd recorder/duplicator
360 Systems Short/cut Hard Disc sfx and stereo track playback unit
360 Systems TCR-8 eight-channel Hard Disc SFX and 5.1 track Playback Unit
DVD/CD  high-speed duplicator tower – makes 5 copies simultaneously

  • Monitors:

Genelec 1031a 5.1 system with 1092A subwoofer,
Auratones with BGW Power Amp
7 pairs of AKG K240 headphones available on request
96 pairs of Stanton DJ-Pro single-cup headphones available on request

  • Video:      

Panasonic Colour Camera with remote pan/tilt/zoom/focus
Panasonic 42″ HDTV Monitor with HD-SDI input, Kramer HD line amp
12 input NTSC switcher
Dynatel video sync generator/video da, Brainstorm Timecode Destripalyzer
BTX SMPTE Generator/Reader
Panasonic DVD Recorder

  • Cabling:   

96 channel, 1,000 foot fibre optic microphone snake with 16 additional return lines.

  • Splitters:

3 way Jensen transformer-isolated mic splitter.  Ground lift switch on each input.
Up to 106 channels available on request.

  • Intercom: 

Clear-Com 2 channel master station, 3 Beyer dual muff headsets with beltpacks
Talkback speaker on stage, independent of performer’s monitor system.
RTS 2 channel station, Clear-Com biscuit box
2 x Fostex 6301B Powered Speakers

  • Outboard Gear:

Urei 1176 Blackface Compressor                              tc electronic D2 Digital Delay
AMS rmx16 Digital Reverb                                         Quantec Room Simulator
2 x tc electronic M2000 Studio Processors              ATI 8MX2 eight-channel mic preamp
Eventide H3500 Ultra Harmonizer                              Yamaha D1500 Digital Delay
Teletronix LA-2a Tube Compressor                          2 x dbx 160vu compressors
Fatso Jr. Analog Tape Simulator                                dbx 162VU Stereo Compressor
Roland 550 Digital Noise Eliminator                           Antares ATR-1 Pitch Corrector
Eventide H3000SE Ultra Harmonizer                         Sanyo FM Tuner
2 x Pultec EQP-1A Tube Equalizers                          Crane Song STC-8 Stereo Compressor
Radial SW-8 eight channel switch                             Mutec iclock master clock
Tree Audio Branch tube mic preamp                        McCurdy ATS-100 Stereo VU/PPM Meter

Klark-Teknik DN300 Graphic EQ

  • Microphones and DI’s:    

4 x AKG 414                      4 x  Shure SM58                         5 x Sennheiser 421
4 x AKG 451                      5 x Shure SM57                          2 x Sennheiser 441
4 x AKG 535                      1 x Sony MS-5 Stereo                2 x Shure SM82 (line level)
1  x AKG D112                   1 x ATM 825 Stereo                    2 x Amcron SP-12 PZM
2 x AKG CK9 Shotgun       2 x ATM Lavaliers                      2 x ATM 1031b Shotgun
1 x AKG CK8 Shotgun       2 x Countryman Lavaliers          2 x Podium mics
2 x AKG 452                      2 x Sennheiser 416 Shotgun      1 x Sennheiser 418 Stereo Shotgun
6 x passive di’s                  1 x Demeter Tube DI                   4 x active di’s