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THE MIXBUS

Our large-format location recording vehicle has been specifically designed to produce up to 5.1 audio for the largest shows with clarity, style and reliability - based around a Studer Vista 8 console and Barefoot monitoring. To make the most arduous of tasks straightforward, the interior has been designed with style and comfort in mind, and has been involved with some of the most prestigious shows of the last few years. A 6kW UPS on board powers the truck for 30 minutes in the event of mains interruption, and dual power supply rings are fitted to every piece of technical equipment for mission-critical redundancy.

Suitable for -

On-site music recording, duplication and transmission • Track-lay and archive • Live web-casting • 192 channel recording • 5.1 post-production • TV Hub • TV mixing • Radio mix and transmission • Mobile dubbing facility

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THE AUXBUS

For the tighter spaces and smaller theatres there's the Auxbus, our small-format OB that benefits greatly over carry-in rigs and scanner sound booths. Based around a smaller version of the Studer in the Mixbus, and equipped with Kii-3 monitoring, it's the perfect solution for smaller productions requiring critical, reliable surround sound facilities. Plus it draws less than 13A.

Suitable for -

On-site music recording, radio drama and transmission • Track-lay and archive • Live web-casting • 64 channel recording • 5.1 monitoring • TV Hub • Radio mix and transmission • Mobile remix facility

 
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DE-RIG SYSTEMS

We supply systems based on the same renowned Studer mic amps as used in the Mixbus. These are connected via fibre to a remote recording system featuring two separate multitrack recorders for redundancy, along with extensive routing, clocking, monitoring and timecode facilities. The systems come in blocks of 48 for analogue signals, or 64 for MADI splits. We use equipment of the highest reliability and quality, and all our systems are pre-configured and tested off-site. We also advise on audio facilities, communications and acoustics, and offer a design service for technical and non-technical end users.

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PORTABLE TV CONTROL ROOMS

When there’s no room for a vehicle but you need highest quality facilities, we have the solution. Based around a field-proven version of the Studer Vista that sits in the Mixbus and the same PMC or Barefoot Sound speakers, we can build a TV or radio control room almost anywhere. TV-specific items such as SpotOn audio playback systems and Cedar noise control are also available on request. For cinema transmissions, we have live Dolby Digital encode/decode facilities.

 
 
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WHO WE ARE

The Team

 
Conrad Fletcher   Founder / Sound Supervisor   Former BBC sound supervisor, Conrad Fletcher designed the Mixbus in 2010 and has continued to add unique features to enable studio-class mixing from a mobile control room. His knowledge of acoustics combined with modern working practices and equipment have established his respected reputation in the broadcast audio community.

Conrad Fletcher Founder / Sound Supervisor

Former BBC sound supervisor, Conrad Fletcher designed the Mixbus in 2010 and has continued to add unique features to enable studio-class mixing from a mobile control room. His knowledge of acoustics combined with modern working practices and equipment have established his respected reputation in the broadcast audio community.

Chris Kalcov   Guarantee / Recording Engineer   Chris joined the Mixbus in 2016, and is the guarantee engineer of the OB when on site, with specialist knowledge into the infrastructure and interconnect of the facilities. A trained Tonmeister, Chris holds dozens of albums in the classical recording industry, and his additional experience in sample library post-production accredit to his careful ear for detail.

Chris Kalcov Guarantee / Recording Engineer

Chris joined the Mixbus in 2016, and is the guarantee engineer of the OB when on site, with specialist knowledge into the infrastructure and interconnect of the facilities. A trained Tonmeister, Chris holds dozens of albums in the classical recording industry, and his additional experience in sample library post-production accredit to his careful ear for detail.

Robin Hawkins   Speech Mixer / Engineer   Robin also began working with Conrad in 2016 as a Tonmeister. An established classical engineer in his own right, he often looks after floor sound for broadcasts and speech mixing for live screenings to cinema. Dozens of album credits and experience in FOH mixing attribute to his keen ear for music and dialogue.

Robin Hawkins Speech Mixer / Engineer

Robin also began working with Conrad in 2016 as a Tonmeister. An established classical engineer in his own right, he often looks after floor sound for broadcasts and speech mixing for live screenings to cinema. Dozens of album credits and experience in FOH mixing attribute to his keen ear for music and dialogue.

 
 
Paul Stannering   Speech Mixer   Paul specialises in the unique theatre-based workflows that we adopt for our live to cinema mixes. Equally at home at the behind a PA desk or a broadcast console, he has a unique mix of talents in dialogue mixing and orchestral amplification through years of experience running FOH at the Royal Albert Hall. He is particularly at home with opera as well as having vast experience in large-scale outdoor events.

Paul Stannering Speech Mixer

Paul specialises in the unique theatre-based workflows that we adopt for our live to cinema mixes. Equally at home at the behind a PA desk or a broadcast console, he has a unique mix of talents in dialogue mixing and orchestral amplification through years of experience running FOH at the Royal Albert Hall. He is particularly at home with opera as well as having vast experience in large-scale outdoor events.

Tracy Campbell   Radiomic Supervisor   Tracy is our primary radiomic supervisor and is unparalleled in her ability to fit miniature microphones to actors invisibly with clarity sound. One of the most in-demand supervisors in Europe, she has pioneered techniques now used by the rest of the industry, with 20 years of credits including most televised UK awards ceremonies and live cinema broadcasts as well as the summer and winter Olympics.

Tracy Campbell Radiomic Supervisor

Tracy is our primary radiomic supervisor and is unparalleled in her ability to fit miniature microphones to actors invisibly with clarity sound. One of the most in-demand supervisors in Europe, she has pioneered techniques now used by the rest of the industry, with 20 years of credits including most televised UK awards ceremonies and live cinema broadcasts as well as the summer and winter Olympics.

 
 

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About Us

The Mixbus and The Auxbus are dedicated 5.1 surround-capable music and audio outside broadcast facilities serving the broadcast industry in the UK and Europe, built and founded by Conrad Fletcher and maintained by our small highly-skilled pool of freelancers. We are proud to present these vehicles as the UK's only recording mobile specifically designed for 'live to cinema' events, having provided broadcast sound for every National Theatre Live performance live to cinemas across the world. Our flagship mobile recording facility is an acoustically treated sound control room on wheels, capable of tracking over 200 separate inputs. The discrete 5.1 speaker system translates mixes effortlessly to the sound of the average cinema or living room, using carefully aligned cinema equalisation and Dolby Digital cinema encoding.

We also produce a selection of pop, rock, classical and theatre events live to cinema, as well as countless 5.1 and stereo TV and radio transmissions accompanying all of the UK's biggest OB facilities. The Mixbus and The Auxbus are equipped with the exceptionally flexible Studer Vista console via proprietary compact and high-quality fiber optic stagebox systems. We can also provide the room for additional integrated facilities, such as grams, comms and sound-proofed viewing galleries. Contact us to discuss your next project, no show too simple nor complex.

 

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