TNDV Turns Ignition on New Mobile Audio Production Truck
Mobile production specialist intros 53-foot, 256-input truck for multitrack audio environments
April 29, 2013
Mobile production specialist TNDV is adding a fifth truck to its fleet.
companies with a mobile audio truck are strictly in the business of doing
mobile audio,” said Nic Dugger, president and owner of TNDV. “It is unusual for
a mobile production firm to build an audio truck to work alongside video
trucks. Our goal was to build a truck that could work hand-in-hand with our
fleet of HD production trucks and also perform on its own.”
TNDV outfitted Vibration
with a Studer Vista 9 digital mixer and a redundant ProTools multi-track
recording system. Dugger said that the Studer integrates most required routing,
monitoring and processing applications, limiting the outboard equipment.
audio mixer becomes master control in audio-heavy productions, and we wanted a
high-end model that could handle multiple tasks, from music to communications,”
said Dugger. “We sought recommendations and almost every sound engineer we
talked to listed Studer at or near the top. And the Vista 9 has the high I/O
count we need. We identified what we thought would be the biggest show we might
do in terms of inputs — and then we doubled it.”
The input count
means staff can accommodate multiple sound checks for music festivals and mix
large symphony performances. The Vista 9 architecture also enables technicians
to support multiple IFB and four-wire intercom mixes for off-air commentary and
communication. Vibration includes a RTS ADAM matrix with 120 intercom ports,
enabling the truck to provide a central intercom infrastructure for live events
or supplement existing matrix intercom systems.
The truck also
includes a MADI audio infrastructure for communication between the mixing room
and remote stageboxes, enabling TNDV to maintain a large, redundant
multichannel infrastructure with a simple fiber cable.
features a soundproof machine room for noise-producing infrastructure equipment
and a client lounge that doubles as an isolated tracking space.
TNDV has planned
a video infrastructure for broadcast applications and certain live
performances, including a 40-input HD-SDI router to transport video signals,
and a 16-input HD video switcher with an integrated multiviewer. LED screens
throughout the truck will allow crew or clients to view ProTools displays, live
cameras from inside a production venue, or a POV camera located around the
truck to view sound engineering as it happens. The Vista 9 will produce
surround sound and stereo audio mixes for broadcast events.
“In addition to
front of house and PA mixes, many events will require remixing for broadcast,
web streaming and DVD production,” said Dugger. “For example, there is so much
audio associated with awards shows that it can’t be properly serviced in the
video production space alone. It needs its own pace, setting and production
staff, especially if surround sound is involved.”