Torrance, CA (May 27, 2004)–L.A.’s well-known engineers and producers converged on the media production and publishing house mediaHYPERIUM Studios in Torrance, CA for an all-day and night celebration of the studio’s new API Vision console. mediaHYPERIUM has purchased the very first API Vision large-format, analog multichannel surround mixing console in the U.S., making them the first and only complete Direct Stream Digital/Super Audio CD studio in North America capable of recording, mixing and authoring DVD/SACDs.
Artists, producers and record companies now have a single facility in Los Angeles where they can shepherd their SACD and surround projects from recording through mixing, to the authoring process and duplication. Studio owner Herbert Waltl, who has produced hundreds of records and DVDs, has a long-standing relationship with Philips Electronics that goes back to the dawn of DVD.
Waltl commented, “We started with DVD video authoring and, with the introduction of SACD, mediaHYPERIUM Studios was established to specialize in recording both formats. Our success hinges on experience and development of a set of standards for obtaining the optimum quality in these high-resolution formats. We recently started using Philip’s new ProTECH software-based format converters (PCM/DSD and DSD/PCM) along with their full set of SACD authoring tools. In addition to our API Vision Console tracking/mixing room, we have two other rooms for DSD/SACD editing and DVD Video authoring.” mediaHYPERIUM operates as a separate commercial entity with no direct connection to Philips.
When asked about his choice of the API Vision Surround Console, Waltl was at no loss for words: “We were looking for the best sounding console specifically built to record and mix surround. In a prior studio, we had an API Legacy console (Serial #1) and it had a wonderfully warm sound. We were determined to get that same sound again and we got it with the Vision. The API Vision Surround Mixing Console was conceived and built from the start to do both surround recording and mixing–of course terrific stereo mixes, too. With super high-resolution DSD music productions, any distortion or coloration added by equipment or software processing is immediately noticeable. Every element in the signal chain and its design must be scrutinized and evaluated in terms of its affect on the product’s final sonic quality.”
Waltl went on to add, “It became evident that in combination with DSD, SA-CD or any hi-res audio, you need an analog console. The API Vision’s simple, straightforward, fully discrete design transfers all the emotional impact of the music. It doesn’t filter it out like PCM processing or as some other consoles would. One of the great things about the new Vision console is that it incorporates all the famed API studio gear–mic pres-compressors and gates; gear that can be found in the top recording studios worldwide. Our API Vision console has 64 channels and 128 inputs. There are two motorized large faders per channel and each fader has it’s own discrete surround panning. I love that there is no need to patch any channel to get full 5.1 panning.”
mediaHYPERIUM has a total of eight, eight-channel Merging Technology Pyramix systems along with large Pro Tools HD and Nuendo rigs. Both emmLabs/Meitner and dCS converters are used throughout the facility