Audio specialist Spiritland Productions has taken delivery of a new 18-tonne bespoke IP-based OB truck built by Megahertz and on show on its stand in Hall 12.

Based on an 8.5m box-body Mercedes rigid chassis with coachbuilding by Spectra Specialist Engineering, the OB runs entirely on a Dante Network, which is unusual for an OB of this specification and size. It is Dolby Atmos capable and was designed with Dolby to provide the best possible monitoring and mix environment for live music. Delivered in June, it has already done work for the BBC and recording various concerts.

Great Atmos-phere: The main audio desk in the new Spiritland One

Great Atmos-phere: The main audio desk in the new Spiritland One

“Having a truck working on an end-to-end IP infrastructure is incredibly efficient, not only in terms of reducing the amount of equipment we work with, but also in terms of time saved at the venue which allows us to focus our energies on creating a better sounding product,” said Gareth Iles, co-founding director of Spiritland Productions. “If we were trying to achieve this with traditional technologies, the facilities would have cost 50% more, and we would have needed a lot more space.”

Equipment includes an SSL System T broadcast audio production desk, Barefoot speakers and Neumann KH monitors. It has 128 SSL mic amps as standard, an Optocore stage system that runs both Dante and Riedel Bolero communications, plus eight stage MADIs that can be plugged straight into devices for greater streamlining. Unusually, the majority of the truck’s weight is allotted to sound proofing.

Megahertz is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 12.F20.