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The John Lennon Education Tour Bus

 

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Summary

The Lennon Bus has an illustrious history as a hit maker, with chart-topping singles from The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie recorded on board. These same professional studios offer students of all ages the opportunity to participate in the creation of their own multimedia projects.

The interior is divided into three separate studio environments that can be opened to create one large studio. The front studio is a cutting-edge audio and video production room. The rear studio offers pro-level recording and mixing at the highest possible resolution, as well as an iso booth for acoustic recordings, and a Chromatte (green screen) booth. Powered by Apple computers and iOS devices and featuring Avid professional audio and video solutions, the studios provide Gibson and Epiphone guitars, Yamaha electronic drums and pianos.  Sony HD cameras and monitors provide beautiful video capture and post-production.  The studios are professionally designed and built with Neutrik connectors. 

Software

Software is the heart of the modern recording studio and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus boasts the best available solutions for high definition audio and video production.

Applications

Plugins and Software Instruments Include:

Front Studio Summary

In addition to being a large and comfortable lounge for viewing HD multimedia, the Front Studio is a cutting-edge audio and video production room.  Incorporating the NewTek TriCaster 855 live video switcher, the Bus is configured to produce a live production of up to 8 HD cameras, with onboard discrete recording of video inputs as well as recording uncompressed HD video through the Avid Nitris DX to the Avid VideoRAID SR.  Video encoding for web is handled by the Digital Rapids StreamZHD and passed to the TodoCast satellite broadband network.  Sony robotic HD cameras, installed in all rooms of the Lennon Bus, allow the producer to follow the action wherever it takes place.  Editing is performed in HD on Apple Mac Pro workstations with video graded on Sony professional HD video monitors.  To complement this immense HD video production power, the Front Studio is also a fully professional audio production room featuring Avid Pro Tools, Genelec DSP-tuned 5.1 surround monitoring, and SSL mic preamps.

Gear List

Rear Studio Summary

The Rear Studio is a high-end professional audio production environment built around a fully-loaded Avid Pro Tools HDX2 recording system with Avid Artist series control surfaces and plugins from Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, McDSP, Antares, AAS, iZotope and more.  Genelec monitors are DSP-tuned for optimum 5.1 surround mixing.  Yamaha’s DTX-900K electronic drums and CP4 digital piano and Gibson & Epiphone instruments provide a top-of-the-line complement of ready-to-play instruments.  The Bus is proud to provide Vox amps just like the Beatles preferred, and Ampeg bass amps.  The Rear Studio is actually two rooms which can be isolated from each other by heavy sliding glass doors.  The second room is both an iso booth and a green screen video room clad entirely in Reflecmedia Chromatte fabric.  The Rear Studio has 32ch of analog I/O with microphone preamplifiers by SSL and Avid.  Neutrik patchbays form the hub of this professionally designed room.

Gear List

Microphones

Audio-Technica Mics and Headphones

The Bus also features 8 channels of Audio-Technica 5000 series wireless systems with handheld and body-pack transmitters, ATW-A49 antennas and AEW-550C antenna distribution system. For video, the Bus utilizes Audio-Technica’s U100 series of camera-mount wireless systems.

Neutrik connectors and audio patchbays are used exclusively.

Video Cameras

The Lennon Bus is dedicated to the production of high definition multimedia. Sony HD cameras provide the highest quality image capture and tapeless workflow from shot to finish.

Mobile Production

Gibson/Epiphone Guitars

PA Gear

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus pulls a 17’ trailer which houses an Avid live sound system. This enables the Bus to become a self-contained venue for live concerts capable of simultaneously producing a concert, shooting multi-camera HD video for both a live video feed and editing in post while also recording multi-track audio. The Aphex 828 digital snake and 1788A remote controlled preamps allow the Bus to record 64 channels of digital audio through lightweight Neutrik OpticalCon fiber cable directly to the Avid HD I/O Pro Tools interfaces.