Remote Recording Services

May 1, 2001 12:00 PM, Dan Daley


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Founded in 1979, Remote Recording Services is one of the longest-running, top-tier, independently owned remote operations in North America, and owner David Hewitt is widely considered one of the deans of the remote recording industry. It's also still a family business, with Hewitt's sons Ryan and Nathaniel often sharing engineering responsibilities with their father. As a result, Remote Recording Services offers a unique combination of cutting-edge technologies and highly personalized service.

Hewitt — who has won seven TEC Awards and numerous Grammy and Emmy Awards — presides over one of the most efficient and effective crews in the business, including director of operations Phil Gitomer and engineer Sean McClintock.

Designed by Hewitt, Remote Recording Services' Silver Studio features custom-built double walls and ceiling for optimal sound isolation. Construction is of MDF sandwich over sprayed foam insulation, finished in cherry hardwoods, fabric panels and carpeting. The floor is 1.75-inch ship lap oak over 3-inch steel I-beams with foam insulation.

The main technology components of the Silver Studio are a 48-input Neve VR M console (with Studer Series 900 submixers), flanked by dead front wall-mounted cabinets holding an assortment of outboard gear, patchbays and machine remotes. There is banquet seating to the rear for the producer and other VIPs, and numerous tielines allow this area to function as a second mix position or other production, communications or video tasks. There is complete wiring for up to five 48-track decks, with sync, timecode and house video reference control. Monitoring is via custom-built soffited main monitors with KRK components, and the Silver Studio can accommodate multichannel monitoring with additional self-powered KRK speakers. The control room's media array features two Studer D827 digital 48-track decks, a pair of Studer A820 analog 24-track machines and Sony PCM-800 MDMs. Hewitt has configured the truck for any type of interface with the rest of the technological universe, from video trucks to venues.

In fact, it's that very adaptability that characterizes Remote Recording Services. “If you ask me what our specialties are, I'd have to say it's whatever the clients' specialties are because of our flexibility, and that's been our biggest asset over the years,” observes Hewitt.

That flexibility has led to a broad array of clients over the company's 22 years of operation, including the Academy Awards, the Grammys and the Emmys. The Silver Studio has also pulled up for Live Aid and, more recently, A&E's “Live by Request” with k.d. lang, the Dixie Chicks' CBS-TV special, Neil Young's Red Rocks Live DVD and PBS's acclaimed “Live From the Met” series. Hewitt's long career in music recording — he directed remote operations for Record Plant Studios in New York City in the 1970s — has attracted myriad top artists and producers who choose Hewitt and his truck. “I'm a music guy at heart,” Hewitt says, “but I've learned to speak all of the languages you need to interface with television, broadcasting and the rest of the world.”


Company Name: Remote Recording Services Inc. Contact: David Hewitt Services Offered: Remote audio and broadcast recording, editing and mixing; flexible equipment package configurations, many equipment rental options available; full interface capability with film and video. Main Technology Platforms: 48-channel Neve VR M console w/Total Recall and Flying Faders 3.0; Studer 900 Series submixers; Millennia and API outboard mic pre's; KRK and other monitoring; Studer D827 (2), Studer A820 (2) w/Dolby A, SR or Telcom noise reduction; Sony PCM-800 (48 tracks); Video: Sony XBR 27-inch color monitor w/switcher; NEC 12-inch monitors (2). Truck Information: 1997 Peterbilt tractor with 400-h. Cummins turbo-diesel engine, 44-foot Dorsey Air Ride trailer; 6'8" square engineering area; 7×7'6" VIP seating area; 12'8"×7'6" machine area; 6'4"×7'4" acoustically treated multi-use area. Partial Client List: (Artists) Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Pearl Jam, Don Henley, Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Elton John, Berlin Philharmonic, Backstreet Boys, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, U2, Aretha Franklin, Nine Inch Nails. (Producers/engineers) Phil Ramone, Ed Cherney, Bob Clearmountain, Tom Dowd, Mutt Lange, Elliot Scheiner, Arif Mardin.

Remote Recording Services
PO Box 319
Lahaska, PA 18931
Tel.: 215/794-5005
Fax: 215/794-3263

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