Category Archives: Studio “A”

Studio “A” At-A-Glance

EQUIPMENT

COMPUTER:

  • DUAL APPLE MAC PRO -CORE INTEL XEON
  • DELL MONITORS

 PREAMPS, EQS, COMPRESSORS and FX PROCESSING:

  • 2x DBX 166XL COMPRESSOR LIMITER/GATE
  • HHB RADIUS20 TUBE PARAMETRIC EQUALIZER
  • 2x DISTRESSOR EMPIRICAL LABS EL8
  • AVALON VT 737SP TUBE PREAMP
  • GRACE201 PREAMP
  • MANLEY VOXBOX TUBE PREAMP
  • 2x AVALON U5 DI
  • LEXICON 960L
  • SONY DRE-S777
  • DIGIDESIGN MIDI I/O

 AUDIO MONITORING

  • 1 DIGITAL MONITORING
    • 3x DYNAUDIO AIR 20 NEAR/MIDFIELD MONITORS (L C R)
    • 2x DYNAUDIO AIR 6 SURROUNDS (Ls Rs)
    • DYNAUDIO AIR BASE-2 SUBWOOFER
  • GENELEC 1034B MAIN MONITORS with 7070A SUBWOOFER
  • AVANTONE MIXCUBES
  • AVIOM MONITORING SYSTEM with 7 MIXERS
  • DK-AUDIO 600C ANALYZER

 HEADPHONES

  • 4x SONY MDR 7509 HEADPHONES
  • 5x SONY MDR 7506 HEADPHONES
  • 3x SONY MDR 7520 HEADPHONES

 INSTRUMENTS AND AMPS

  • KURZWEIL PC3K8 KEYBOARD
  • AKAI PROFESSIONAL SAMPLER Z8
  • GODIN A6 GUITAR
  • THD FLEXI 50 GUITAR AMP with CABINET

SOFTWARE:

  • AVID PRO TOOLS HDX (HD MADI I/O )
  • PRO TOOLS HD 10&11

DIMENSIONS

LIVE ROOM

  • Surface: 560.8 sq ft / 52.1m2
  • Length: 25’ 11” / 790cm
  • Width: 21’ 8” / 660cm
  • Height: 16’ 9” /510cm

 ISO BOOTH 1

  • Surface: 87.2 sq ft / 8.1m2
  • Length: 7’ 7” / 230cm
  • Width: 11’ 7” / 352cm
  • Height: 9’ 10” / 300cm

 ISO BOOTH 2

  • Surface: 91.5 sq ft/ 8.5m2
  • Length: 7’ 8” / 234cm
  • Width: 11’ 11” / 364cm
  • Height: 9’ 10” / 300cm

CONTROL ROOM

  • Surface: 415.5 sq ft / 38.6m2
  • Length: 20’ 12” / 640cm
  • Width: 19’ 9” / 603cm
  • Height: 9’ 8” / 299cm

Grace Design M201

"The Grace M201 is, in every way, a stunning microphone preamp. The build quality is uber-impressive, the feature set is comprehensive, the options are well thought out, the A‑D stage sounds sublime, and the preamp itself is about as good as it gets."- Hugh RobJohns, SOS Magazine

"What I love about the m201 is the sheer size and detail of the sound that comes out. The sound is honest, no hype, no "extra", no missing details, no noise, no loss in fidelity at all. It is truly a no-holds-barred audiophile sound. It is clean and clear and with ridiculous headroom." - Gearslutz


Like the rest of our line, the new m201 delivers unmatched audio performance, with massive headroom, ultra-wide bandwidth and a very open, musical character. The signal path has been hot-rodded to be fully balanced from start to finish, resulting in a wider dynamic range, while new high-current output drivers enable even longer cable runs without signal loss. This means the m201 can translate a sonic picture of astonishing clarity and detail, which serves to capture the essential character of the music being recorded.

We offer the m201 with our state of the art 24-bit/192kHz A/D converter option, from the factory or as a retrofit to existing units. With the A/D converter module installed, the microphone preamplifier section or the M+S matrix can be routed to the A/D converter input directly for standard recording applications. Or, with the additional analog line inputs on the A/D converter module, the mic preamplifier and A/D converter sections can be used separately, which allows for external processing to be inserted between the mic amp and the A/D converter. External synchronization to word clock or Digidesign LoopSync is available, and features our proprietary dual stage PPL with s-Lock for extremely low jitter and rock solid digital stability without the use of sample rate conversion.

Our exclusive ribbon mic mode is standard, which shifts the gain range up 10dB while deactivating 48V phantom power, bypassing the decoupling capacitors and optimizing the input impedance. Each channel has an ‘input mode’ rotary switch which selects between a standard 48V phantom input, ribbon mic mode or the front panel DI input.

Included is our newly designed M+S (mid side) decoder circuitry with a built-in width control. The front panel width control is wired with a precision 12 position rotary switch which provides a ratio range from 100% mid (mono) to 30% mid / 70% side. The ultra-precision summing and difference amplifiers feed a set of dedicated outputs, allowing simultaneous recording of discrete mid+side signals as well as the stereo matrix.

The new front panel mounted HI-Z inputs are designed to accommodate a wide variety of high impedance input sources, making the m201 an excellent choice as a DI box which will flawlessly preserve the sound of any plugged-in instrument. Imagine the same resolution and detail as our microphone preamplifiers available for DI recording situations.

Whatever the application, the remarkable sonic performance and functionality of the new m201 will help you make the finest recordings of your career.

Features:

  • fully balanced, transformerless design
  • dual parallel XLR outputs for each channel
  • ribbon mic mode
  • front panel DI / instrument inputs
  • built in M+S decoder with dedicated outputs and front panel width control
  • precision 24 position gold contact rotary switch gain controls
  • new, higher current outputs drive even longer cable runs
  • no electrolytic capacitors in the signal path
  • sealed gold contact relays for all signal switching
  • 5large two color, bi-phase LED peak indicator
  • regulated linear power supply with custom wound toroidal transformer
  • highest quality components used throughout
  • 5five year transferable warranty on parts and labor
  • 20 Year EON transferable warranty on parts and labor
  • Built in the USA

 

Full details at: http://www.gracedesign.com/products/m201/m201.htm

HHB RADIUS20 TUBE PARAMETRIC EQUALIZER

The Radius 20, with its combination of solid state circuitry and vacuum
tube technology, does not only alter the sound of an input when required,
but also improve its tonality, ensuring every instrument or mix sounds
just the way it's intended to. Drums become tighter and more punchy,
guitars are made to cut through any texture, and many different vocal
effects may be achieved, limited only by your imagination. Four bands of
fully parametric equalization provide complete control. With variable gain,
frequency and bandwidth, the Radius 20's comprehensive controls are
designed for familiarity and ease of use. And with the addition of an EQ
bypass switch, any added equalization may be removed for instant A/B
signal comparison. Both channels feature a front panel 1/4" jack
instrument input so that, when rack mounted in the studio, the Radius 20
is quickly accessible. Overall levels are managed by the input and output
gain controls, controlling the amount of tube effect required

KEY FEATURES
Two channels of four band parametric tube
equalization.
Balanced and unbalanced line inputs and outputs with
gain controls.
1/4" jack instrument input on the front panel for each
channel.
EQ has ±15dB gain, variable Q and variable frequency:
LF band - 30Hz and 1kHz,
LM band - 100Hz and 3kHz,
HM band - 1kHz and 12kHz,
HF band - 3kHz and 20kHz.
EQ bypass switch for each channel.
Drive and peak LEDs indicate the degree of tube
warming and warn of low headroom.
Stabilised 150V DC power supply

Studio “A” Metrics

LIVE ROOM
• Surface: 560.8 sq ft / 52.1m2
• Length: 25’ 11” / 790cm
• Width: 21’ 8” / 660cm
• Height: 16’ 9” /510cm

ISO BOOTH 1
• Surface: 87.2 sq ft / 8.1m2
• Length: 7’ 7” / 230cm
• Width: 11’ 7” / 352cm
• Height: 9’ 10” / 300cm

ISO BOOTH 2
• Surface: 91.5 sq ft/ 8.5m2
• Length: 7’ 8” / 234cm
• Width: 11’ 11” / 364cm
• Height: 9’ 10” / 300cm

CONTROL ROOM
• Surface: 415.5 sq ft / 38.6m2
• Length: 20’ 12” / 640cm
• Width: 19’ 9” / 603cm
• Height: 9’ 8” / 299cm

MANLEY VOX BOX

  1. Equipment Type: Channel Strip
    2. Brand: Manley
    3. Model: Voxbox
    4. Series: (as the case may be)
    5. Location & Quantity: Studio A
    6: Main Tech Specs:
  • MANLEY transformers w/nickel laminations in mu-metal cases
  • 2 kOhm MIC INPUT Z w/High current 48V Phantom power built-in
  • Hi-Z (100K) Direct Instrument Input
  • LINE & INSERT INPUTS (balanced XLR & 1/4")
  • PREAMP & EQ outputs LO-Z (50 Ohms)
  • Transformer balanced XLR outputs
  • Transformerless unbalanced 1/4"outputs
  • STEREO LINK for Compressor & De-esser/Limiter
  • SIDE CHAIN MONITOR for De-Esser
  • THD + N (1KHz @ +20 dBu): 0.3%
  • Maximum output: +31dBu

7: Short Description: Channel Strip with Class A Microphone Preamplifier, Pultec-style Equalizer, Optical Compressor, De-esser/Limiter, and Switchable VU Meter
8: Who's Who: (legenta/poveste, cine l-a mai folosit, etc.)
9: Further Details: Full of features, timeless style, robust build quality, and that world-famous "Manley Sound".
10: Links: http://www.manley.com/products/view/mvbx