Legendary Producer/Eengineer Eddie Kramer Mixes Jimi Hendrix Film Project in Surround on SSL Axiom-MT At Kampo; “We Completed Both Stereo and 5.1 Surround Mixes of 100 Minutes of Music in Four Days, a Testament to the MT’s Ease of Use”

Legendary Producer/Eengineer Eddie Kramer Mixes Jimi Hendrix Film Project in Surround on SSL Axiom-MT At Kampo; “We Completed Both Stereo and 5.1 Surround Mixes of 100 Minutes of Music in Four Days, a Testament to the MT’s Ease of Use”
 Tuesday, August 01, 2000  
Legendary Producer/Eengineer Eddie Kramer Mixes Jimi Hendrix Film Project in Surround on SSL Axiom-MT At Kampo; “We Completed Both Stereo and 5.1 Surround Mixes of 100 Minutes of Music in Four Days, a Testament to the MT’s Ease of Use”
Solving the problem of bringing 1970 audio tracks of rock star Jimi Hendrix performing at the Isle of Wight to DVD, legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer successfully mixed two hours of music in 5.1 surround on Kampo Studios’ Solid State Logic Axiom-MT digital multi-track console. The MT provided the sonic stability and design flexibility necessary to create the stereo and 5.1 surround mixes in record time, with 22 songs being completed in only four days.

“The Isle of Wight concert happened in the 70’s and is considered to be the British Woodstock,” Kramer explains. “We took Jimi’s entire two-hour show and combined it with biographical footage to produce a two-hour film performance on DVD. I suggested to Jimi’s family that this was an excellent opportunity to mix in 5.1 surround and, since the tracks were already digitally transferred to DA-88 to facilitate the picture editing in the Avid system, the logical choice was to stay digital and that led us to the MT at Kampo.”

The original tracks, according to Kramer, needed great finesse to preserve the sonic feel of the era, yet still provide the required sonic appeal for today’s listening audience. Carrying this into 5.1 surround proved to be a challenge the MT handled with ease.

“We placed the band across the left-center-right field with the audience wrapping around the back,” says Kramer. “The MT’s sound quality is very
transparent, allowing me to hear the original performance exactly as it was recorded. This gave me a stable sonic base for the entire project. From there, the very precise implementation of the surround mixing pans really allowed me to put the listener into the middle of the action.”

Once Kampo configured the MT to accommodate the original 25-frame film, the sessions proceeded quickly. “The whole project was stepping into new territory for me,” states Kramer. “This was the first time I used the MT and the first time I mixed in 5.1. We completed both stereo and 5.1 surround mixes of 100 minutes of music in four days, a testament to the MT’s ease of use. I was amazed to find that I could use the MT’s EQs for almost everything except Jimi’s very particularly analogue-sounding guitar. For that I used an outboard analogue EQ. Other than getting used to dialing up the proper processing delay times for different pieces of outboard gear, I found the overall operation of the MT very appealing. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the MT for me is its tremendous flexibility. I can’t wait to take an original studio recording and see what I can come up with on the MT because the possibilities are literally endless. From this experience, we’ll definitely be doing more Hendrix stuff in 5.1.”

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