New York, NY (March 8, 2006)–Outloud Audio is a new recording studio located right across the street from the building formerly housing the Hit Factory on 54th Street in New York City. The newly-built, Richard Oliver-designed Outloud Audio is owned by engineer Mark Kondracki, who’s worked on a variety of mixing, composition, and VO projects there since opening in June.
Oliver and Kondracki carefully designed Studio A to maximize sound quality and comfort for diverse audio projects. “With a 10-year lease, I wanted to ensure that I could handle most of what might come my way, so the live room can be baffled for VO and opened up for a drum kit,” Kondracki noted.
Studio A is outfitted with a Pro Tools HD3 system with a Lavry Gold MKIII A/D front end, Crane Song D/A and monitoring provided by Dynaudio 6a’s and Yamaha NS-10’s powered by a Bryston Amp. With the intention of giving clients a highly sensory experience, a 42″ plasma above the desk tilts for optimal viewing. Pre-wired for 5.1 the control room also features mic pres from API 500 and 300 series, Neve, and Chandler’s TG2. Compression is achieved through Emperical Labs Distressors.
When working on rock projects, the studio’s Dangerous 2-Bus sums while mixing takes place on a Digidesign Pro Control. Microphones include the usual suspects including two Korby serviced vintage paired Neuman U87’s, a TLM 103, a Geffell 930, two AKG TL-IIs, and Royer 121 ribbon mics (Kondracki’s favorite on drum overheads and electric guitars). A classically trained pianist and guitar player for over 15 years, Kondracki also has a large collection of guitars including a 1930’s Dobro, Taylor 6-string, Martin 12-sting, and several custom Strats.
Outloud provides mixing and some mastering services to many types of clients. In fact, Mark recently restored several interviews with John Lennon for a major music industry magazine, composed and produced music for an educational project, recorded audio books, mixed rock and pop music and has composed scores for film, TV, and the web. Given the initial volume and variety of work, Outloud turned an editing room into a full-fledged VO studio with a new Acoustic Systems vocal booth and another Lavry A/D system to accommodate an ongoing educational voice over project.
Kondracki also built a UNIX server for the studio that enables him to transfer composition and mix files to clients anywhere in the world where there is a high-speed Internet connection. All the rooms in the facility are locally connected to the server, which is accessible via the web allowing clients to access work moments after it has been completed.
“As a musician, I have always been into collaborating,” Kondracki emphasized. “Prior to opening Outloud, I shared space with several composers and drew a lot of inspiration from that. Outloud now shares space with a video production company, which strongly complements the audio business. Kondracki noted, “I want to ensure a perfect collaboration among clients’ needs, audio production and technology to create an end product–whether it’s VO, composition or mixing–that knocks people out.”