Westlake Village, CA (May 5, 2011)--GC Pro played a role in outfitting Blade Studios, a new facility in Shreveport, LA.
The multi-room production complex offers a broad range of music, film and other media production services, and features studio acoustics and architecture by Russ Berger Design Group with an equipment list that includes products from ADAM Acoustics, Apple, Avid, Ocean Way Audio and Solid State Logic, much of it supplied through Guitar Center Professional.
The collaboration with GC Pro began even before the construction plans were finalized, according to Scott Crompton, executive producer and media developer at Blade Studios. Crompton is a partner in Blade Studios alongside GRAMMY-nominated chief engineer, mixer and producer Chris Bell and renowned drummer and producer Brady Blade, Jr., who lends his name to the facility.
"We were really interested in having the Ocean Way Audio monitors in the studio," says Crompton. "GC Pro helped facilitate a visit for me during the 2010 GRAMMYs at Ocean Way Recording, where GC Pro business development manager Derek Snyder introduced me to Allen Sides." GC Pro is the exclusive U.S. dealer for Ocean Way monitors, which are designed by multi-GRAMMY Award-winning engineer/producer and studio owner Allen Sides in Hollywood, CA.
Later, when the studio put the final equipment list out to bid, Jeffrey McDaniel, GC Pro account manager in Dallas, Texas, submitted a competitive offer. Crompton relates, "It was just really clear that Jeffrey was the guy we wanted to work with, because he knows his business and he's got a very good disposition. And he's been great."
The facility's Studio A houses a 48-channel SSL Duality console while Studio B features an Avid ICON D-Control ES. Both rooms feature Avid Pro Tools|HD3 systems with a Studer A827 tape machine also available in Studio A. The monitor systems in both control rooms are identical: Ocean Way Audio HR2 main stereo mains plus ADAM Audio monitors in a 5.1 configuration. Both control rooms offer a selection of new and vintage outboard processing equipment and microphones, and new and vintage instruments are available.
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