San Francisco, CA (October 18, 2004)–Chris Pelonis and his firm Pelonis Sound will display their latest creation–the API Audio-equipped UltiStation–at the 117th AES Convention in San Francisco. The UltiStation, a pre-wired, pre-loaded piece of high-quality audio furniture, has been developed to better meld the worlds of digital audio workstations and classically styled analog components.
Designed for DAW users, the UltiStation is an ergonomically designed control center crafted of the highest quality woods. It features API microphone/line pre-amplifiers, analog processors, and other signal chain components, all mounted within diametrical wings. In the UltiStation’s center speaker mounts bookend two additional platforms–one for a DAW controller and the other for the DAW’s monitoring screens, keyboard, and mouse–which serve as the focal point of this classically-styled pro audio furniture.
“The UltiStation delivers all of the desired analog aspects of a recording workstation within an arm’s reach,” explained Pelonis enthusiastically. “This isn’t your typical ‘space age’ piece of pro audio furniture, or a desk with black laminate and maple trim, though. It feels classic and has a vintage visual characteristic to it. The first UltiStation, which will be at AES, is 100 percent cherry wood with a red mahogany stain. It looks like a high-quality piece of furniture, much like a desk you would see in an exclusive old estate.”
Nevertheless, the beauty of the UltiStation transcends its visual characteristics. In addition to its good looks, it offers the impeccable build quality and attention to detail for which Pelonis Sound has become deservedly known. Completely customizable and hand-wired, the UltiStation features loads of savory API Audio components. For example, the AES display model will offer a dozen left wing-mounted API 7600V input modules, while the right wing offers API 8200 eight-channel summing mixers and an API 7800 four buss console master. All components and I/O are configured with a right-side patchbay.
A big fan of API equipment, Pelonis designed the UltiStation with the 7600 in mind. “I really liked the idea of putting vertically-mounted 7600 units in racks of twelve,” said Pelonis. “That way, each additional piece of furniture for the left side could hold 12 channels and would be expandable to 24, 36, 48, or more channels.”
Most importantly, Pelonis means business when he says that the UltiStation is a custom desk. “We can also wire into any other equipment you would want to use: vintage reverbs, various classic gear, and so on. Basically, it’s a completely custom API console designed around the workstation of your choice,” an enthusiastic Pelonis stated. “It’s very slick.”