4/20/2010 3:55 PM
Like a good fireworks show, we've got a grand finale of videos to blast at you from the Black Eyed Peas 2010 E.N.D. Tour, thanks to the crew on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Here's the first of five videos, taking you off the bus (mostly) and into the arena for a guided tour of each station, from the stage to the front of house to the playback station.
Here, playback tech Eric Harris shows us the rig that synchronizes the video and audio for the tour. It's all done by giving the band a click track and sending SMPTE to video. There are two identical rigs using MOTU Digital Performer. One is a redundant rig used as a backup in case the A system fails for any reason. Harris also discusses his talkback mic, which he uses to talk to any of the band members during the show and help him fix issues in his system on the fly. The band can also hit a pedal onstage to signal a light, which tells Harris when to start a new song.