Posts Tagged ‘studio’

The Role of Mastering

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
Console

Euphonix Console

There was a time when mastering was a back-room affair. It was a thankless job and rarely credited. Heck, even the engineer and producer were rarely credited. So how did mastering become the coveted, high profile position we revere today?

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What is a Studio?

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
Manley Microphone

Manley Reference Cardiod

“I have a studio now!” is the common cry from most folks after purchasing their recording set-up from the local Banjo Mart. Well, do you really have a studio?

For song writing demos, band demos for bookings, etc., your home set-up may be just fine. But when it comes to commercial releases, you may need some help. The marketplace today is very crowded and it takes an extraordinary record to stand out. Except for the abundantly equipped project studio, a professional studio offers the extra effort most projects need.

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Studio

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
The Studio - live to the left, dry to the right.

The Studio – live to the left, dry to the right.

My studio was designed by Rosati Acoustics (Boston, MA). The control room features ADAM S3-A’s in the LCR position (for 5.1 of course!) and Genelec 1030’s for the rears (upper) and 1031’s for the alternate rear (lower). Overhead is a Genelec 1031 for IMAX projects. This is all bass managed with dual Genelec 7071 subwoofers. The soffits house a pair of Genelec 1038’s.  I have Amphion One18s (powered by an Amphion Amp500) and Auratones on a Sound Anchors powered lift. (NS10s, Avantones available) The room was tuned by acoustician Mike Chafee.

Separate machine rooms isolate the noisy equipment from the mixing area. I have a set of ASC Tube Traps and Taytrix StackIt gobos.

The studio features a live area that is all red oak and stone. It’s very quiet. A separate vocal booth doesn’t have to be for vocals. It actually sounds good for drums! Tons of mics, tons of pre’s, tons of fun.