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A Day at Obsidian Entertainment

I have built three audio studio/departments during my decade-long stint in interactive/game sound. The latest is a temporary setup for Los Angeles-based...

Roger D'Arcy

Meet Roger D'Arcy, international man of studio design. The founder of the UK-based firm Recording Architecture (, which is celebrating...

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No Allusion About Auralex

Dec 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Sarah Benzuly

When Allusion Studios (Tucson, Ariz.) head engineer Jim Pavett made the call to overhaul the space—including the control room, live/drum room, vocal booth, iso spaces and lounge—he logged onto Auralex’s site to fill out the Room Analysis Plus service. This program allowed him to download an audio file with a swept sine signal from 20 to 20k Hz. Pavett then recorded the sweep with an omnidirectional measurement mic and forwarded it, with the Personalized Room Analysis Form, direct to Auralex for examination. ...

On the Cover: 25th Street Recording

Oct 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Tom Kenny

Dave Lichtenstein is an avid surfer, so it’s not really in his nature to feel the pressure to do anything too quickly. But he’s also an artist, so he knows what he wants and he cares about quality sound. After nearly 30 years in and around the recording industry—as an engineer, writer and performer, with various sidetracks along the way—Lichtenstein knew he wanted to build a big room that was comfortable for musicians, a place where a band or a small orchestra could come together to play. Now he’s got one, and it’s a beauty. ...

Extreme Mastering Makeover

Sep 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Sarah Benzuly

When Extreme Music (London), the production music arm of Sony ATV, wanted to upgrade its layout and acoustics in its new mastering facility, the staff turned to White Mark, which employed its Fast Studio construction method, bringing the goal to fruition in just seven days. ...

SPARS SoundBite | Fragmentation is Good!

Apr 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Roy Machado

As we head off to another NAB, we find that media production in general is experiencing a tremendous amount of fragmentation—a trend that is likely to continue. There are countless numbers of cable channels, Websites, and both traditional and Internet-based radio outlets, which has led to fragmented audiences, as well....

Editor's Note: Being a Good Stewart? What Does That Mean?

Oct 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Tom Kenny, Editorial Director

I was on the phone with Kirk Imamura, president of Avatar Studios in New York City, talking about his SPARS column for this month’s issue. He said, "It's the issue that’s going to AES, right? I thought I would talk about being a good steward of the industry, you know, in how you run your business and how you help promote the industry at large.” “Good,” I said. “I like it.” We talked a little more, hung up and a bit later in the day I thought, “Huh. Steward. That’s a word you don’t hear very often. Do I need to go to Wikipedia?” It got me thinking: What does it mean to be a good steward today, one who helps take care of things, both at home and as part of an industry? ...

SPARS SoundBite | The Future In Numbers

Oct 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Kirk Imamura

Every organization related to pro audio has been affected by the democratization of content creation. New, powerful tools that aid songwriting, music creation/production and audio recording have opened the doors to many, many more individuals, whether in music, sound design or post. To illustrate the macro effects of this type of explosive growth, let’s look at the recent experience of ASCAP. ...

Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet: 'In the Beginning, Volumes 1 & 2'

Oct 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher

Hammond B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith teamed up with alto saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith (a former member of the Dap-Kings) to re-imagine some of Dr. Smith’s earliest recorded songs for In the Beginning, Volumes 1 & 2, which was released on October 15 on Dr. Smith’s Pilgrimage Productions label. Following five decades with appearances on more than 70 albums, Dr. Smith revisited 12 original songs from his first 10 years as a recording artist....

On the Cover: Technicolor at Paramount

Apr 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Mel Lambert

Sometimes, when the rest of the world zigs, the smart money zags. Technicolor, the international media company that has quietly raised its stake in Hollywood over the past decade, just doubled down on its commitment to post-production with the opening of a state-of-the-art facility on the Paramount lot....

Converse Rubber Tracks Studio

Jan 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Sarah Benzuly

Converse is reaching out to aspiring musicians by offering free recording sessions (usually one to two days in duration) with its onsite engineers at the recently opened Converse Rubber Tracks (Brooklyn). GC Pro Nashville account manager Billy Walker sourced all of the recording studio and live performance venue’s gear, working alongside Horacio Malvicino and Malvicino Design Group (Forest Hills, N.Y.), who did the acoustical design and treatment for both rooms. Inside the live performance space are a QSC KLA line array and Allen & Heath W316:2DX Wizard mixer. The studio features a Pro Tools|HD2 PCIe Accel system and Ocean Way HR3 tri-amplified monitor system.  ...


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