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June 2002

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A Tour of Livewire Remote Recorders' New Remote Truck

Doug McClement and Year End Social

Owner and long friend to the Toronto Section, Doug McClement will talk about some of the criterion used in the overall design of the truck, and will show a video and photos of the construction process. Martin Pilchner of Pilchner Schoustal Inc will give a brief outline of the control room design, and Martin Van Dijk of Engineering Harmonics will provide an overview of the electrical setup. There will be guided tours of the mobile for six people at a time, with playbacks of performances from this years MuchMusic Video Awards. All three are no strangers to the Toronto Section.

Please come and help us celebrate a successful year.


The new LiveWire audio mobile has been on the road since early February. It is a 48 track control room housed in a 31 foot eighteen wheeler with a 14 foot expanding section on one side. The control room was designed by Martin Pilchner of Pilchner Schoustal Inc. and features 5:1 surround sound monitoring. Recording formats include 48 digital 24 bit tracks on Tascam DA-78's, and 48 analog tracks on two AMPEX MM1200 2" machines. The mobile is primarily used for concerts for television, awards shows, live radio broadcasts, orchestral film scoring, and live CD's.


Doug McClement became interested in audio as a teenager, working in stereo stores and playing in bands around his home town of Kingston, Ontario. He set up Comfort Sound, a four track studio in his parents' basement in 1973, recording demos for local bands and songwriters.

After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University in 1975, he moved to Toronto, where he worked as a computer programmer for TD bank during the day, while running a home studio at night and on weekends. By 1978, the studio was busy enough for Doug to quit the bank, expand to eight track and go full time into recording. He also started to get requests from studio clients to record their bands on location. After a couple of years of taking gear out of the studio for these remotes, he purchased a cube van to accommodate the expanding live recording business.

In the early 80's, Comfort Sound expanded to 16 and then 24 tracks. Doug engineered hundreds of live radio broadcasts for CHUM-FM, Q107, and CFNY, as well as some of the earliest stereo television programs in Canada: the CHUM/CITY simulcasts. The studio moved downtown in 1984, and the business shifted more towards audio post production for TV. The CHUM/CITY connection led to MuchMusic being Comfort's biggest client, as the mobile was used for all their concert recording. Doug was also hired by various TV networks to fly portable recording systems around the globe to tape music specials in Nigeria, Spain, the Middle East, Germany and Jamaica. Comfort built a large, 48 track mobile in a five ton truck in 1987, expanding its territory to upstate New York and Quebec, and made a second remote system available in flight cases for worldwide shipment.

In 1994, Doug sold the studio part of the business and established LiveWire Remote Recorders in order to concentrate solely on live recording. Clients include: The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox, Van Halen, Joni Mitchell, and Billy Graham, and Garth Brooks.

In 2002, LiveWire introduced their new mobile, housed in a 31 foot semi-trailer with an expanding side. The large control room is set up for 5:1 surround sound mixing, and is Canada's finest mobile audio facility.

Doug has been nominated four times for a Gemini Award for Best Sound in a TV Variety Program, and has received platinum albums for engineering Blue Rodeo's "Diamond Mine" and "Five Days in July", and "Bargainville" for Moxy Fruvous. He is a member the World Studio Group, and has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society since 1974. He is on the executive board of the Toronto AES Chapter. Doug is currently the Director of the Producing and Engineering Program at The Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto, where he teaches one day per week. He is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for Metronome Canada.


Pilchner Schoustal Inc. is an acoustic consulting firm based in Toronto specializing in the design and construction of recording studios, broadcast facilities, theaters and critical listening environments.

At Pilchner Schoustal Inc., they provide a complete spectrum of acoustic design, consulting, and development services ranging from entire design/build packages to specific individual project requirements.

Standard Services Include: Acoustic Consulting, Site Survey / Feasibility Studies, Design, Construction Management, Post Occupancy Commissioning, Performance Testing, Speaker System Calibration


Independent Specialists Audio, Video and Control Systems and Facilities Design

Engineering Harmonics Inc. is a professional engineering firm specializing in the design and project management of audio, video, A/V, multimedia, control and communication based systems.

Engineering Harmonics has consulted on projects such as:

Corporate Presentation and Training Rooms, Recreational Complexes, Stadia, Arenas and Other Sports Facilities, Broadcast and Recording Studios

Designs include: sound systems, video teleconferencing, audio teleconferencing, A/V systems, intercom, production video, paging, technical grounding, technical power and broadband, baseband and fiber optic distribution.

Presented by Doug McClement of Livewire Remote Recorders
Date Tuesday, June 25th , 2002
Time 7:30 pm
Place Harris Institute for the Arts
Address 118 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Ontario
South of Queen and Sherbourne
Pre-Meeting Dinner Due to the "Social Nature" of this event, there will be no pre-meeting dinner.
Please Pre-register Call National Mail Box at (416) 922-8122
This will help us ordering food and drinks

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Originally posted: 22 June 2002
Last update: 22 June 2002