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JoeCo BLACKBOX Recorders Play Big Role In Spiritland One Mobile Studio

Four BBR64-DANTE units create 256-channel recording capabilities in live capture applications.
JoeCo Blackbox recorders installed in the Spiritland One mobile studio.

JoeCo BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE multitrack recorders are at the heart of the UK-based Spiritland One mobile studio, where the four units provide 256-channel recording and back-up capabilities in capturing live recordings over long periods of time.

Created by two ex-BBC sound engineers, Antony Shaw and Gareth Iles, Spiritland One is a studio on wheels, designed to go wherever live music takes it. Inspiration struck for the duo when they took over the technical fit out and management of Spiritland Studio in King’s Cross.

“When we mentioned that we would love to build something like this, the team at Spiritland jumped at the idea,” says Shaw. “The truck is designed to record and mix big live events, with a high channel count to capture sound as reliably as possible.”

With the Dante network providing the infrastructure for the studio, the JoeCo BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE was the team’s first choice for Spiritland One, integrating with the Dante software. “We turn the truck on in the morning, put all four boxes on to record and leave them running all day long,” Shaw explains. “We capture everything, and then the next day we delete any unused files and do the same again. We needed a straightforward interface and back-up and that is exactly what the BBR64-DANTE delivers.”

JoeCo managing director Joe Bull states, “We’re delighted to have our JoeCo BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE systems acting as a permanent recorder in the Spiritland One. The sound quality in the soundmobile, and the engineering behind it, is absolutely phenomenal.”


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