Studio Watch: Time for an Upgrade

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly


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Right Track/Sound on Sound ( has completed renovating Studio A at its main 168 West 48th St. location. The project follows the refurbishing of Studio C. (See February 2006 “Current.”) One of four music recording studios at the facility, Studio A boasts Sound on Sound's 72-input SSL 9000 J Series console and a full complement of outboard gear. The studio has been rewired, and its large control room now has new work areas, including a Pro Tools quiet bay to abate noise from the system's computer and hard drives. Audio engineer Cynthia Daniels was first in with two recording sessions for New York Confidential Big Band's new album. Hip hop artist Jim Jones was next to book time to mix his new CD for Koch Records. Now, hard rock group Red Jump Suit Apparatus has moved in to mix their new release for Virgin Records.

Phoenix-based artist/producer Wade Martin's new state-of-the art project studio, WM Studios (, was outfitted by MW Audio, which developed a quote for a Pro Tools — based facility within the 14×16-foot control room that links to a 15×15 tracking room and companion vocal booth.

“The company didn't steer me wrong,” Martin said of his experience working with MW Audio. “The equipment that [MW Audio general manager] Jimmy Church and his team supplied for my new studio is perfect for this multifunctional environment, where I handle everything from archiving to mixdown.”

The equipment package includes an Apple G5 PowerMac running Digidesign Pro Tools|HD3 Version 7 with a Digidesign Control|24 control surface. Monitoring includes ADAM Audio P11a, Event PS6, Genelec 7070A and M-Audio SBX units. Recent projects completed at the new facility include a solo album, How Did You Know, which was tracked at Martin's Las Vegas facility.

Alice's Restaurant owner Mark Plati ( decided that his New York City — based facility needed a tech upgrade when his Mac G4 blew a tire, his SCSI II drives were aging and running on OS 9 was causing compatibility issues. Plati — an engineer, producer and musician for David Bowie for seven years — turned to Tekserve's Chris Payne (head of the company's pro audio department) and Derek Davis (senior pro audio technician) to complete the job.

“I needed an entirely new computer music setup, which meant a CPU, a Pro Tools|HD mix system, audio interfaces, cabling, HD storage, OS X plug-ins — the works,” said Plati, who also used his new system at Electric Lady Studios. “I also wanted to upgrade Logic Audio to 7.1 and get some additional goodies I'd always wanted. I wanted a system that would last and not become outdated in six months. I'd been resisting such a jump, and [Tekserve] made it completely painless. There was a bit of a learning curve involved with the new system, further complicated by the fact that I had to begin doing sessions on it immediately, and they helped me through that, as well.”

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