Cheltenham, UK (August 9, 2005)–Ritchie Blackmore has completed a new CD project featuring Rainbow’s classic live performances remixed and mastered by Mike Brown in full 5.1 surround format at Yellow Shark Studios in Cheltenham. Owner Jeremy Drew reports that winning the contract with Red Steel Records gave him the final incentive to install the 5.1 surround sound using ATC monitor loudspeakers.
ATC and Yellow Shark Studios are near neighbors in southwest England, and, since the studios’ beginnings in 2003, the ATC team has been involved in its development. “ATC has been incredibly helpful to us,” said Drew, “so, when we started developing more work in surround sound formats, it was an entirely logical step to install a large-format ATC monitoring system. The results are just superb. It really sounds fantastic.”
Yellow Shark was pre-wired for 5.1 when the studio was built so installation was accomplished easily and quickly. Drew also took the opportunity to refit completely the acoustic absorption materials in the control room to handle the monitoring upgrade.
The studio’s main reference monitors are soffit-mounted ATC SCM200ASL Pro three-way actives. SCM20ASL portable active monitors are used for nearfield and 5.1 surround, together with an ATC C4 sub bass monitor. For the Rainbow project, original material was received in 24-track two-inch formats, transferred onto the studio’s iZ Radar, and mixed on the 48-channel Soundtracs Jade console. The versatility of this package is underlined by the identity of another recent client at the studio, the Royal Shakespeare Company, recording many hours of voiceovers.
Drew outlines another compelling reason for his investment in 5.1–the launch of Yellow Shark Studios into the orchestral recording business. “We’ve just signed a deal giving us access to the magnificent Pittville Pump Room here in Cheltenham, which offers the space necessary for large-scale orchestral recording projects such as TV and film score work. And we’ve got Paul Golding, one of the UK’s top orchestral engineers, managing this aspect of Yellow Shark’s business. Our new ATC system will be a persuasive factor in bringing the studio many of the multi-channel recording projects that will result from this diversification.”
Situated in Aston Down in rural Gloucestershire, England, ATC was established in London in 1974 by acoustics engineer and musician Bill Woodman. TransAudio Group, founded by Brad Lunde, has quickly become a premier U.S. importer/distributor for high-end audio. TransAudio Recording’s product lines include AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner (Germany), Drawmer (UK), Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA), George Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Soundelux (USA), SoundField (UK), and Z-Systems (USA).
ATC is distributed in the U.S. by the TransAudio Group