Rane Floating on Earth

Rane Floating on Earth

Rane Corporation’s exclusive UK distributor, Hayden Laboratories Ltd, has supplied Rane NM84 network mic preamps to London-based specialist classical recording company Floating Earth.

The preamps – part of the CobraNet range of audio products – were specified by Mark Harrison, technical engineer for Floating Earth’s new OB truck. It’s Floating Earth’s first mobile, so they consulted broadcast and high-end equipment suppliers HHB (UK) re the project, asking them to supply the equipment and systems utilised and after-sales support. Floating Earth then undertook the physical install themselves.

Floating Earth is one of Europe’s premier classical recording companies. Established in 1987 specialising in this exacting genre, offering facilities and expertise to cover all aspects of broadcasting and post production. Naturally, using the best and highest standards of equipment is essential.

The four Rane NM84s were supplied by Hayden to HHB, for whom the project was managed by Steve Angel.

The mic preamps go into the venue and sit at the front end of the location recording – each offers 8 mic/line inputs. They are linked to QSC RAVE digital output decoders in the truck by one small fibre optic cable, providing a neat and convenient alternative to what would have previously used multiple wires. The reduction of the analogue factor also greatly improves audio quality.

Mark Harrison has followed the development of CobraNet with interest over the last 2 years. He chose the NM84s because “They were the right boxes at exactly the right time. They are studio-quality preamps, they have remote control facility (via ActiveX controls) and mate perfectly with the QSC decoders.” He adds that the Rane preamp’s return outputs facility has also proved very useful for talk-back and playback.

He’s “Thrilled” with the results so far “They are doing a great job” he comments affirmatively re the NM84s, “The convenience of the fibre and the quality of the sound is superb. The control panels are also very logically set out and it’s easy to see what’s happening”. He adds that they’ve, “Received great product support from both Rane and Hayden.” Harrison has long been a fan of Rane equipment and remarks on its proven reliability and quality.

He’s so impressed with the Rane NM84s that he’s just ordered another two – to give him a total of 48 channels to the truck, and 16 return outputs.

The Floating Earth OB truck kicked off its career with some test shows around town, before starting its busy production schedule with an opera for BBC Wales, Trouble In Tahiti, which was recorded at Asylum Studios in Perviale, Middlesex.

For more information, contact Ellen Allhands at Rane on (425) 355-6000/


For more product information in the UK, please call Ian Downs at Hayden on 07770 482583/


For more details on Floating Earth, call 020 8997 400.

For more UK press information, call Louise Stickland on 01865 202 679/07831 329888/