Dweezil Zappa Gets Dangerous On The Road

In a joint announcement with AMD (NYSE: AMD), Dangerous Music released details of Dweezil Zappa’s road recording rig using 48-channels of Dangerous 2-Bus LT analog summing and Dangerous Monitor ST speaker controller, allowing immediate mixing of the ‘Zappa Plays Zappa’ live shows — even in a hotel room. The “Room Service Rig” consists of a PC Audio Labs computer powered by dual AMD Opteron™ quad-core processors, running Steinberg’s NUENDO DAW software along with three 2-Bus LT summing amps and Monitor ST, providing large-format analog console mixing quality on the road.

“The pairing of AMD and Dangerous Music equipment has made a tremendous difference to the overall sonic detail of the final mixed music,” says Dweezil. “It’s hard to believe that I’m able to get these kinds of results from a portable mixing rig. It’s truly inspiring. Simply put, I have achieved my best mixes ever with the help of the Dangerous Music gear.”

Charlie Boswell, AMD Director of Digital Media & Entertainment, noted: “Dweezil Zappa has utilized Digital Audio Workstations based on AMD Opteron processors for the past six years both in the production of his own music and most recently in the recording of live ZPZ concerts. Gail Zappa depends upon AMD powered workstations to handle the mission critical role of archiving, producing and building the catalog from the historical Frank Zappa Vault at UMRK* – with releases on Zappa Records and Vaulternative Records. This newest AMD addition to the Zappa workflow is called the ‘Room Service Rig’ because it’s sometimes operated from a hotel room after a show, or possibly on the bus in between shows. AMD collaborated with our friends over at Dangerous Music and PC Audio Labs to make the ‘Room Service Rig’ happen. Its main purpose is to provide the highest studio sonic and mobile production capability to an international touring unit like ZPZ.”

Boswell also explained why the ‘The Room Service Rig’ was aptly named. “Dweezil was not interested in simply hacking together typical ‘board mixes’ of Frank Zappa classics. He chose Dangerous Music and AMD in order to deliver studio quality mixes and mastering for the fan base. He feels the technology should not only fulfill the Zappa quality requirement but it should also adapt to spontaneity of life on the road.” Visit Charlie Boswell’s blog at: http://globalnerding.blogspot.com.

Pioneered by the folks at Dangerous Music in 2001, the Dangerous 2-Bus analog-summing mixer was created to bring back the analog sound quality engineers have been craving in their digital audio environment, while maintaining the fast workflow and recall capabilities they have come to depend on. The Dangerous 2-Bus is a 16-by-2 summing device designed to help DAW users achieve better mix performance through the use of cutting-edge analog audio circuit design. As engineers and musicians themselves, the Dangerous Music team has noted that “in-the-box” mixes from DAW systems don’t equal mixes performed on high-end large-format analog recording consoles. The solution is the 2-Bus’ pristine audio path that delivers nuance, depth and clarity to a mix without any added coloration or distortion. The Dangerous 2-Bus allows the full potential of any digital audio workstation to be realized – audibly, in terms of sound quality, spatial detail and headroom, and ergonomically, through the preservation of DAW recall and automation capabilities and by the non-destructive integration of outboard analog equipment. The transparent sound of the 2-Bus allows engineers to enjoy the true colors of any chosen outboard gear without clouding the issue with the summing path. The 2-Bus is offered in two models, the original 2-rack space Dangerous 2-Bus with XLR inputs and the 1-rack space Dangerous 2-Bus LT with D-Sub inputs.

The Dangerous Monitor ST is the centerpiece of the most flexible monitor control platform available. ST is a fully expandable remote control-based monitor controller and source switcher with four inputs and speaker switcher for 3-pairs of speakers and subwoofer, and includes integrated cue and talkback systems, with an onboard headphone power amplifier, all in one rack space. With the cat-5 connected remote control unit, included with the Monitor ST, engineers can configure and control an entire system from the comfort of the studio’s sweet spot. Studios working in stereo can start with the Monitor ST and later expand to surround sound control for film and TV work by adding the SR expansion unit with no equipment redundancy or obsolescence.

About Dangerous Music, Inc.

Dangerous Music, Inc. designs and builds products that are indispensable to any DAW-based recording environment. Dangerous Music electronics designer Chris Muth has spent over 20 years working in and designing custom equipment for top recording and mastering studios. Muth and company founder Bob Muller pioneered the concept of the dedicated analog summing buss for digital audio workstations with the Dangerous 2-Bus in 2001. Today the company offers a wide range of products for recording, mastering, mixing and post-production facilities, all designed and built with mastering-quality standards and a practical aesthetic. Key products include the Dangerous 2-Bus and 2-Bus LT, Dangerous Monitor ST-SR and its Additional Switching System expansion units, Dangerous D-Box, Dangerous Master, Dangerous S&M, Dangerous Monitor and Dangerous MQ. For more information visit http://www.dangerousmusic.com.

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