I recently had the pleasure of recording and broadcasting a secret deadmau5 performance. The event took place at Sonos Studios in Los Angeles. A great art gallery/event space run by the folks who make Sonos Wireless HiFi speakers.
For this event my good friend and collaborator, producer KamranV was able to garner a set of 7 foot tall $120,000 top-of-the-line PMC studio monitors for the main PA. Additionally deadmau5 himself was provided another array of smaller $60,000 PMC studio monitors for his own personal monitoring. Together with a $30,000 Maslec mastering console to control the PA system we had a sound system to beat any other dance performance in terms of fidelity.
Deadmau5 brought along his simplified “Cube” stage for his performance. I took a split from the Maslec console for the broadcast and used my favorite classical recording mics DPA 4006 along with a pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040s to capture the sound of the acoustic space and a pair of Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun mics to capture the crowd response. You can hear I used these very fine microphones quite liberally in the mix:
For this recording we partnered with BAE Audio and used 8 channels of their gorgeous re-creations of the Neve 1081 mic pre/EQ module. Most of the equalizing was done on the Neve modules themselves, with only a tiny bit of additional mixing added in post. No reverb was added to this recording, only the raw feed from deadmau5 and the 6 ambience mics.