DiGiCo helps Renato Carneiro deliver on stream
Monday, 15 June 2020
renatoLong-time DiGiCo user Renato Carneiro
Brazil - When rental company Maxi Audio had to close the doors on the planned in-store Maxi Academy training programme, it was determined not to let its customers down and swiftly set up an alternative, online programme.
Broadcast and Front of House engineer, Renato Carneiro, Audio Systems' DiGiCo support, a regular supporter of the Maxi Academy and long-time DiGiCo user, delivered the first session, based on the mix he had done for popular Brazilian duo Bruno & Marrone’s first live YouTube performance.
“Maxi's training programme is 100% free and open to the market,” says Carneiro. “The idea of my original, face-to-face session was to have a quick description of an SD12 and rebuild the actual session used in Bruno & Marrone live shows - remember those shows we used to do on a proper stage, with an audience? - using the multitrack show recordings. We had got it all set up and had 50 subscriptions to it in less than an hour. But then the virus hit, so we had to cancel it.”
When it was decided to move the Academy online, Carneiro changed the programme mix, using Bruno & Marrone's first Live on YouTube performance in April, hosted at Bruno’s residence.
Carneiro notes that when Lockdown came into effect, online events around the world in Brazil started as a way for the artists to let their fans know that they were still around and to continue entertaining them, but also to try to create much needed revenue. Bruno & Marrone’s performance, however, was going to be different.
“We wanted to have an alternative format, not just the artists performing at home with a mic,” Carneiro explains. “Before the show, I told one of the managers our plan and he asked what we would need to do for the show. I told him ‘Everything! We were going to make a proper show’.”
Carneiro’s experience spans 30 years, working as a monitor engineer for 20 years and then at FoH for the last decade.
“As a FOH engineer, I’ve had to work with artists on TV shows that just aren’t set up for live music,” he recalls. “Because of that, we always carried our own backline. I had my SD8, but just two reference monitors and the mix went out for broadcast. Everyone says TV requires a different way of working, but I always used the same mix as for live events. Mixing for broadcast doesn’t mean that you’re mixing for a TV set. You have to remember that people are listening in lots of different ways: on headphones, on their TV, on a computer, etc.”
For the Bruno & Marrone live stream the same set up was deployed, with Carneiro using his beloved SD8 for the streamed audio, but just mixing on headphones, with Adilson Soares mixing monitors on his SD-24.
“You have to make sure you listen to the stream for reference, which is really important, but the mixing must still be done by monitoring the console,” Carneiro explains. “But the most important thing is to find the right band format, which was really well-chosen, being four acoustic guitars, an accordion and a cajón, as well as the singers themselves.
“As streaming has a more limited dynamic range than a PA, for example, this meant that for the show, almost all channels had to have some compression, and almost all of them went to Sub Groups, which also had some compression. The master mix had some compression as well and was then sent to Groups also compressed, sent to the streaming feed. My thinking is that multiple stages, each with a little compression, tends to sound better and dynamically controlled.”
The streamed concert was a huge success, with more than 1,500,000 fans watching the performance live on YouTube. With multiple channels re-transmitting the real-time event, the viewing figure grew exponentially - around 3.000.000 watchers - and the video has now more than 30,000,000 views to date
Bruno & Marrone performed their second live stream concert on 16 May. Its viewing figures of 2,000,000 are undoubtedly proof of concept.
Watch Bruno & Marrone at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYuAczKaSxk&t=201s

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