Avatar’s chief engineer, Roy Hendrickson, in Studio R with a Yamaha DM2000 digital recording console.New York, NY (September 19, 2007)–Mix engineer Roy Hendrickson, longtime staff engineer at the Power Station and later an in-demand freelance mix engineer, returned to his former home, known since 1996 as Avatar Studios, in 2002. Now chief engineer for all of Avatar’s rooms, he also designed his own Studio R in the complex, which is built around a Yamaha DM2000 digital recording console and its latest add-on effects package.
“Several years ago, an engineering team from Yamaha Japan visited Avatar and brought some add-on effects for us to try out,” states Hendrickson. “I was very impressed with the development team’s deep knowledge, talent and feel to manufacture what we as end users need in professional audio products. They really listened to the market and produced some great-sounding effects. I never thought that all of the suggestions would make it to market, but they did.”
The Yamaha DM2000VCM software is backwards compatible, important for Hendrickson as he had been working on multiple projects on an earlier version of the console. “When I could finally take the time to load in the new software, I was extremely pleased with the sound character,” says Hendrickson. “The compressors are so impressive, I wish I had more! The classic compressor, EQ, analog tape deck and stomp box effect simulations are exceptional.”
Hendrickson has filled every card slot on the DM2000. “Quite a departure, sonically,” he notes. “Combined with the creative freedom that the automation affords me, the Yamaha DM2000VCM is such a great mixing experience. I hold the Yamaha design team in high regard. They had the foresight to create processors that sounded better than anything an engineer would expect from a digital processing system: plenty of sonic character and true sound quality.”
Additional equipment in Studio R includes a Urei LA-3A, Pultec equalizers, Neve 1073 modules, Eventide SP2016, Ampex ATR-102, Studer A80 and A800, Pro Tools HD, Lipinski L-707 monitors and Hendrickson’s own custom-designed large monitors. The room is tied into two dedicated EMT-140ST analog reverb units located in the basement.
Hendrickson also serves as a mentor to young engineers, maintains Avatar’s vintage gear (some of which he personally purchased from the Power Station and often marries with his digital equipment), and heads the technical department. Mixing for a wide variety of artists from many diverse genres, his credits include B.B. King, Gavin DeGraw, Missy Elliott, Miles Davis Roberta Flack, Blondie, Cheap Trick and Richie Havens.
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