Live Recording process in Stockton California

Hey Guys ‘n Gals.  I’m doing some remote recording Today, September 29, 2011 through Saturday.  I wanted to include you in on what I’m doing.

This is a live recording.  The Front of House engineer (Tony Rhode) is using a Digico DB-8 console.  It has tons of DSP built into it, but the coolest thing is that it has a MADI output on it.  You can tap into the board in several places… Before the board (I’d have to use my own pre amps), or after the mic pres (that’s what we are doing).

I rented a Pro Tools rig from the kind folks at Blackbird Audio rentals.

  • RME MADI interface-Takes a MADI (one BNC cable that can carry up to 64 channels for 2miles!)
  • 3 Avid 192’s receiving lightpipe signal from the RME
  • Apple G4 running Pro Tools 7.4.2
  • Headphone amp and headphones
  • HP Monitor
  • 200′ BNC cable that we are receiving from the Front of House console

If you guys are interested in hearing more, I can keep you informed… I’ll judge whether or not you are interested by the comments section.

If you are in California this weekend, give me a shout.  I’d love to meet you.

I hope you enjoy this VERY last-minute video.



If you can’t see the video, it’s on YouTube too..just click this link


Click here to see Day 2


  1. hey kevin, good stuff, very interested. Doing something similar at my church. using a Yamaha LS9-32, 2 adat cards out to a presonus lightpipe to a macbook pro recording in logic. it works ok but would love to upgrade to better quality interface. could you inlighten me a little more how that madi interface is connected to the mixer and give me the model number of it. Love everything you are doing and the time you take to explain things! Keep up the wonderful work!

    1. Hey Eric.
      As far as I can tell, the MADI is built right in to the Digico DB-8. I had a choice of taking it from the stage (would need pres) or the console.
      I will show you in a video today. Be looking for it.


  2. Thanks Kevin, this is great. What are you using the busses for? I understand you’re using them to mix down groups of tracks, just wondering why you’re doing that while capturing the tracks instead of later when mixing.

    1. I was using busses to easily access groups of channels. I had drums on a buss, gtrs, keys, vocals, audience etcetera . Hindsight and smooth recordings from Thursday on taught me that groups were the smarter way to go.

      Honestly, my biggest problem was that my buffer was set to 256! That’s crazy low. Thursday, I set it (and the DAE buffer) as high as it would go. I think I could have done that one thing and solved my problem.

      Learn from my mistakes guys.

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