AudioMedia - June 2010 - (Page 28)
TC Electronic System 6000 MkII
The TC Electronic System 6000 is quite a beast, and so to do it justice we’ve decided to split this review in two. JOHN ROGERSON, with DANNY FINN, and SAM CASTLETON of Halo Post Production are in the chair...
THE REVIEWER JOHN ROGERSON owns Halo Post Productions, based in Central London. He has worked as a Mixer for the past 23 years. DANNY FINN is Head of Audio at Halo, and has recently won the RTS Award for Best Drama Mixer 2009.
must admit that when Paul Mac asked me to review this box my first thought was ‘Crumbs, I haven’t used hardware outboard for quite a while’. The audio world has changed quite a bit over the last years – whilst I spend my life [and lots of the company’s money] in search of high tech audio perfection at the HALO studios in Central London, my son spends every penny he gets buying ancient retro guitar FX pedals ‘with authentic hiss’ …probably the same ones I sold for a pittance years ago. Sometimes I wonder whether I’ve taken the wrong road. Plug-ins have come such a long way since the dawn of DAWs and in truth the convenience is unmatched especially when you move from room to room, studio to studio, or even country to country working on projects. Given the choice I’d always have hardware EQ and dynamics, but reverbs and other signal processors exist quite happily and powerfully in software form as far as I’m concerned, so this will need to be pretty special to drag me back into ‘hardware-land’ Anyway, I’m open-minded about having a play with this toy. I’ve always been a fan of TC kit and have owned a fair few of its boxes over the years, so whilst it’s a long time since I plugged any of them in, I like what they do. This unit is an upgrade to the popular model and although we’ll cover the improvements and changes (in the second part of this article), for those of you who have a and want to know whether it’s worth upgrading I will review MkII for those who may, like me, have slipped away into plug-in middle age and haven’t used TC hardware since the . I do a lot of sound design for TV and films, and have a fondness for FX processors that can take you off on flights of fancy when you need a little extra oomph. This review will be in two parts – for good reason.
This isn’t just a reverb unit with a bunch of FX presets bolted on, it goes way deeper than that. There’s a level of detail and possibilities here that will take a little time to investigate, and I’ve only had the box a week! So having said that there’s much to be looked into, probably more than one person can cover in the time I have to do this review, I’ve enlisted some help… one of the [few] joys of running your own company is that it allows you to look like you’re doing everything whilst actually doing… err, very little. So, the audio team at HALO are here to help review the myriad possibilities of the Mk . HALO is currently working on feature film called Unhappy Birthday, so it seemed a perfect opportunity to put the MkII through its paces in a variety of disciplines. As I said earlier, sound design is my thang, so I’ll look into the mad toys. Danny Finn, HALO’s Head of Sound will look into what the box offers mixers in the way of spaces and quick solutions to problems encountered on the mix stage; he’ll also look at the implementation and usability of things like the Dolby LM loudness meter, something we use a lot here at HALO. I’ve just finished off a . mix of Gladys Knight’s recent London concerts, so for Part we’ll also see how it performs in a large multi-track music mix environment.
There are three basic elements to the MkII. The U Mainframe which contains all the audio and MIDI I/O, the U CPU panel which houses the COMMS, USB, ext monitor ports, etc, and most importantly the connection to the ICON, a seriously sexy bit of brushed metal… we both had a moment as it was lifted out of the box for the first time. I/O is pretty flexible offering four slots for a choice of I/O modules… an eight-channel AES I/O module, or
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AudioMedia - June 2010
AudioMedia - June 2010
What's Up UK
Mackie Onyx I
Final Cut: Ray Gillon - 20 Years of Film
TC Electronic System 6000 MKII
SCHoeps Super CMIT
The Conch Awards 2010
Mid-Year Gear Picks
Audio Media's 20 Years
A Beautiful Sound
Product Sampler: DAWS
AudioMedia - June 2010