Woodinville, WA (November 15, 2006)–Red House Studios is a 5,000 square foot studio complex, home to a recording facility, several well-equipped rehearsal suites, private lesson rooms, a 100-plus capacity performance hall, and at the center of each, professional audio systems from Mackie.
Red House is the brainchild of Raja Singh, who opened the Walnut Creek facility in December of 2005. “There have always been places where people can rent a warehouse space for a few hours,” he explained. “But I felt there was an opportunity to create more of a community–a place to not only improve your ‘chops’, but play live, record a demo, and all while meeting and interacting with others.”
Singh brought together a team of veteran engineers, producers and instructors, creating a supportive environment where, for a monthly membership fee, musicians–either accomplished or aspiring–can take private lessons, join group seminars, rehearse their band, jam with friends, or even record a demo and play a live gig.
The rooms at Red House offer quality gear and a comfortable, creative environment. The Music Lounges are pre-equipped rehearsal and recording suites with simple gear and a do-it-yourself vibe. Each Lounge is outfitted with a Mackie Onyx 1640 mixer and FireWire interface, connected to a PowerMac G5 with a Mackie Universal Control Surface and SRM350 monitors.
“The Onyx was really the perfect choice for our Music Lounges,” explained Singh. “The mixer is simple and intuitive, so our customers and staff can get up and running quickly, but it’s also a professional piece of gear that people are excited to use. Plus, the breadth of recording options–including FireWire and 16-channel outputs–make it a perfect songwriting and pre-production board. People need to feel as though the equipment is helping them to realize their potential, rather than hindering it. I’ve been really amazed at the quality of the Onyx mic pre in particular. Combined with the EQ, which is very musical, we’re hearing a lot of amazing sounding demos coming out of these rooms.”
Those wanting more serious studio time can book the Recording Studio, equipped with a full Pro Tools|HD2 system, as well as a Mackie 24-fader control surface, Big Knob and Onyx 800R pre-amp. A pair of Mackie HR-824 monitors completes the setup. “The 824’s are awesome,” Singh remarked, “and the Onyx 800R not only sounds good, but its digital output helps us maximize our Pro Tools interface.”
The Performance Hall is where jam sessions, open mics and nightly performances are held. The venue accommodates an audience of 100 or more, and is equipped with a Mackie Onyx 3280 32-channel mixer, as well a complete selection of Mackie S400 Series passive loudspeakers. “The Onyx preamps (in the 3280) make recording high-quality live shows very easy,” Singh reported. “The recording of a recent ‘Private Concert’ presented by (local classic rock station) KSAN sounded so good, they played it on air in its entirety.”
The sound reinforcement system for the Performance Hall is a combination of two Mackie S408 passive loudspeakers atop a pair of Mackie Active SWA1501 subwoofers. TAPCO J Series amplifiers power the Mackie S408 boxes. A selection of Mackie Active SRM450 and SRM350 speakers pull monitor duty and serve as portable systems for location work and special events.