New York, NY (March 11, 2004)–After over a year working at capacity with three rooms, audio post production company audioEngine has unveiled Studio D, a new 5.1 mixing and recording studio that is home to mixer Rex Recker.
The overall design philosophy was developed by chief engineer Brian Wick and mixer Recker along with Jim Maher of Soundhouse Design. Under the direction of Wick and Recker, Maher created a unique ‘mixer-in-the-round’ environment that features a specially designed console that places the mixer in the center of the naturally lit, open and airy space with seats on all sides.
“One of the many challenges was to design a production console that allowed the clients to sit in a position that placed them in the same sound field, gave them essentially the same sight lines, and also allowed them eye contact with the engineer,” elaborated Maher.
Built for 5.1 from the ground up, Studio D marks one of the first times Dolby has worked with a commercial audio company to create a 100 percent Dolby-approved studio. Part of this development was to create a room within a room designed to maintain high acoustical integrity and better isolation.
Studio D features a number of mechanized features, including window shutters, drop-down Stewart projection screen and the center speaker, which may all be controlled at the push of a button.
Mixing, recording and editing is centered around a Digidesign Pro Tools HD3 system capable of 96 audio inputs and outputs. Audio is monitored through a 5.1 main system comprised of JBL cinema speakers powered by Crown and Hafler amplifiers and managed by a DBX Drive Rack system, with KRK V4 nearfield stereo speakers. Picture is integrated via Digidesign’s AVXL option.