LiveDesignOnline.com reports that Ink Master is an American reality competition on Spike TV in which 17 tattoo artists from around the country compete in challenges assessing their tattoo and related artistic skills as they perform timed-challenges spanning an array of styles and techniques on willing ‘human canvasses’ battling for the grand prize of $100,000. They are judged by noted tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts, rock legend Dave Navarro and tattoo icons Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck, with one or more contestants being eliminated during each episode.
Shooting reality TV is a complicated, fast past, process that requires immense precision. For example, the audio team for Ink Master juggles 40 audio inputs for the contestants, judges, and human canvasses plus 16 plant mics and four boom operators, the show’s host, not to mention, producer mics, stage manager mics, cameras, etc.
Using the Dante™ networking protocol and a custom control surface designed by Peter Schneider co-owner of Gotham Sound and Communications, Inc. (NYC) who designed the show’s entire audio system in collaboration with the show’s film mixer and sound supervisor, the late Martin Kelly who passed away shortly after the new season began. With this custom design, all audio and video is seamlessly juggled and successfully networked together. The mixes are pulled altogether by a new Yamaha QL5 Digital Audio Console, provided by Scharff Weisberg/Worldstage of New York.