audioEngine Unveils New 5.1 Recording, Mixing Studio

Mar 9, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Audio post-production company audioEngine recently unveiled Studio D, its new 5.1 mixing and recording studio.

The facility’s fourth room, home to mixer/co-owner Rex Recker (pictured), was designed by Jim Maher of Soundhouse Design, who created a “mixer-in-the-round” environment. The setup features a specially designed console placing the mixer in the center of the space with seats on all sides. Mixing, recording and editing is centered on a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD3 system.

Studio D’s construction marks one of the first times Dolby has worked hand-in-hand with a commercial audio company to create a 100-percent Dolby-approved 5.1 studio. Placement of the vocal booth in the front of the room made correct implementation of the Dolby Surround System a major issue for the design team. When the booth is in voice-over mode, the 5x7-foot glass is in view. When the surround session begins, the center speaker is raised into position on a motorized platform that includes a false wall with all of the acoustical absorption to equal the right and left speaker environment.

To deal with light management for screening projects in the natural light-filled space, designers installed mechanized screens that close and open at the touch of a button. Acoustical reflections in the control room and vocal booth were handled by covering the windows with 7-foot-tall clear Plexiglas diffusers. Studio D also features a 9-foot cherry wood “wave wall” to diffuse sound.

Hardware and software includes products from Lexicon, TC Electronics, AMS Neve, Dolby, Waves, Wave Mechanics, Focusrite, Bomb Factory, McDSP and Digidesign. Audio is monitored through a 5.1 main system comprising JBL cinema speakers powered by Crown and Hafler amplifiers. The main system is managed by a DBX Drive Rack system, and alternate monitoring is by way of KRK V4s for near-field stereo and the built-in speakers of Sony’s KV-32HS510 for consumer television reference. Picture is integrated via Digidesign’s AVXL option, allowing for NTSC or PAL video at resolutions scaleable from 20:1 to uncompressed 1:1 rations. Picture is projected onto a Stewart Greyhawk micro-perforated screen by a JVC DLA-SX21 DILA projector.

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