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Genex Mobile Rig

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Sometimes a studio job means hauling equipment and recording on the road.  The system in the above picture was one of my favorites.  Early in the beginning days of recording for 5.1 surround sound, we began experimenting with multi-channel classical recordings.  This is one of the systems we used.

At the heart of this system are 3 Genex 8 channel MO recorders and 3 Millinnia 8 channel microphone pre-amps.  The Genex and Millinia  were considered among the most transparent and low noise available making it ideal for Classical music.  Even today this rig certainly could be used in any genre with excellent results.  

Even though Genex used mag-optical  recording media they also had SCSI ports giving us the ability to record directly to portable hard drives.  We rigged up a system with removable carriers so that we could plug these directly into Protools and transfer the files directly into the computer.  The other advantage is that the media (hard drives) could travel separate from the gear.  This is important as Classical recording sessions are very expensive to produce.  Many times more expensive than the equipment is to purchase.  This made the recordings on the drives something that needed to be safeguarded.  Often gear doesn’t travel well when shipping but the hard drive could always travel carried in a brief case.

A Yamaha 02R digital console is used for monitoring and the Sony Dat recorded stereo board mixes to review each performance.  The DA38 in the bottom of the left rack was for back up only.  On the bottom right rack is a universal line voltage conditioner.  All together this system was ideal for recording on the road anywhere in the world.

Written by Don

October 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm

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Welcome to Studio A

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This is the story of a corporate studio makeover.  Studio A was the aging primary media production studio for a well known audio manufacturer.  When I arrived on scene it had become an odd mixture of classic analog gear being augmented by some early 8 channel digital workstations.  All of that was going to soon change.

Don’t get me wrong.  While this studio was showing its age the Otari 24 track, Dolby SR and Neotek Elite console was cutting edge when it was installed and could still have been used for music creation.  It just didn’t serve the purpose needed.  Producing soundtracks for video production is not something you want to do with analog gear.  This type of facility is fairly rare in a corporate communications department, even one in the audio business.   This company however has always been known to do things its own way.

After all the planning, estimating and approvals we begin with tearing out the old.  The console, multi-track, half-tracks noise reduction and all the rest of the gear all removed and stored.  Latter I would set up all the analog transports to transfer the library of masters to digital. I couldn’t help but think how I would of loved this gear in the first studio I worked in that used an Otari 5050 and a much lesser console.

As you can see in the picture above, this was a very successful makeover.  The list of new gear was a laundry list of the best equipment available.  A full ProTools installation with networked storage and plenty of outboard gear made mix to pix work as efficient as possible.  The room also received a fully redesigned sound treatment package and Midi music production capability.

This suite is the big brother to a smaller Studio B that has slightly less equipment and Studio C which is a small mastering room with ProTools and a Sadie DVD Audio authoring system.  At the time this was the largest ProTools installation in the area.  In addition to creative post-productions for radio and television, this studio was also used to mix down live concerts recorded using mobile systems with either 24 bit Tascam DA78’s or Genex MO recorders.

Written by Don

October 24, 2009 at 11:50 am

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