Jazz Network Packs SixMix for the Show
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Jazz Network Packs SixMix for the Show
Henry Engineering’s USB Broadcast Console
Selected for Live Coverage of Music Festival
by Bernie Celek
Arizona Jazz Network
On location
I selected Henry Engineering’s
new SixMix USB broadcast console to be our main remote audio
SEDONA, Ariz. The Arizona Jazz console. This unit is perfect for our
Network is an Internet broadcast station remote studio. It’s compact and
with a contemporary jazz format. On the easy to use, and will handle all the
air since early 2008, our music library source gear we’ll use at the festival.
includes more than 7,000 CDs from curOur “Sedona studio” has been
rent artists, as well as those from the early built into a portable rack case.
Host Debbie Celek uses a SixMix
days of jazz.
There are three mics, two Teac
for remote broadcasts of
Our wide range of music was one of Pro-01CD players and a Marantz
Jazz Festival.
the reasons that Arizona Jazz Network PMD671 flash recorder. Because
was selected as the “official voice” and the SixMix console has two mic
broadcast outlet for the six-day Sedona inputs, I use an external mic preamp for Henry’s MiniPod headphone amp modJazz Festival scheduled for Sept. 23–28.
the third mic and feed it into (line) chan- ules for the announcers. They connect
directly to the SixMix, so each announcer has his own headphone jack and volume control. Our broadcast booth uses
Although the SixMix is intended for
JBL 4310 monitor speakers, fed from the
Monitor output of the SixMix.
a studio setting, it makes a superb remote
Although the Sedona Jazz Festival is a
broadcast mixer. It’s about the same size
few months away, we’ve already built the
remote studio and have had it in use for a
as my laptop, and is much easier to
few weeks just to be sure everything is
working okay. And it is.
operate than ‘garage band’ mixers.
The SixMix is an awesome mixer. It
might appear simplistic, but there’s lots
more “under the hood” than what you see
We’ve been chosen to provide live nel 3 on the mixer. The CD players are for from the outside. The Monitor output mutes
coverage of this popular music festival, music playback, and the flash recorder when the mics are on, so there’s no feedwhich requires us to build a fully func- will be used to record artist interviews back in the booth when the mics are live.
tional “satellite” studio that can be trans- during the shows. We’ll also take a stereo
The Cue speaker is loud and clear. It
ported easily and set up at the festival mixdown from the live stage mixer for also mutes when a mic is live, yet the
location in Sedona. Because we’ll be putting live performances on the air.
board operator can cue (preview) sources
broadcasting live, we also need a way to
Our RE-20 mics are used for the through his headphones when the mics
get the audio signal back to our main stu- show’s host commentator, jazz historian are in use. There are six mixing pots (with
dios in Cottonwood, Ariz.
and other announcers. We have three of nice big knobs), but each channel has two
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inputs (A and B) so you actually have
inputs for eight stereo line sources.
Cool stuff
The coolest feature of the SixMix is its
built-in USB codec. I’ll be using a laptop
with the SixMix for playback of prerecorded segments, and to record some
parts of live performances. The SixMix
codec overrides the sound card in the laptop, and sounds much better. After recording an interview using the Marantz
PMD671, I just unplug the compact flash
card, plug it into the laptop and edit the
interview as needed.
The edited interview can then be
played directly from the laptop via the
USB connection to the SixMix. It’s efficient and quick … and sounds great.
The SixMix has a stereo analog
Program output that I feed into a Barix
Instreamer 100, which is connected to a
high-speed Internet connection. This produces a digital feed to our main studio in
Cottonwood, where a Barix Exstreamer
100 receives the remote site IP audio and
sends it to our digital Harris console.
Although the SixMix is really intended
for use in a conventional studio setting, it
makes a superb remote broadcast mixer.
It’s about the same size as my laptop, and
is much easier to operate than the “garage
band” mixers that I’ve used for live
remotes. When you’re on the air doing a
live show, you don’t need scores of tiny
knobs to add confusion and complication.
The SixMix obviously is designed for
broadcasting, not for mixing PA system
audio or a multi-track recording session.
It does what a radio station console
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should do, such as turning on the “On the
Air” warning lights, and providing a mixminus output for your telco hybrid.
I did a quick audio proof on this unit,
and was impressed that the noise floor is
almost 90 dB below the normal operating
level, which is +4 dBu on the balanced
Program outputs. It sounds great.
The SixMix would be a great choice
for anyone needing a compact yet capable
broadcast console for a small on-air studio, production or news room, college
radio or Internet radio as I’m using it. I’ve
been impressed with its feature set and
performance. Tune in to our live broadcast in September and take a listen for
yourself: www.azjazz.net.
For more information, contact Henry
Engineering at (626) 355-3656 or visit
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