Houston, TX (September 7, 2006)–Sunrise Sound, which started out as a simple 8-track studio over 25 years ago, has grown into a four-room facility that hosts the Mediatech Institute audio engineering school. Sunrise Gold RoomThe facility has an SSL-equipped Grey Room, Pro Tools HD/Control 24-equipped Green Room, a pre-production and beat-making Purple Room, and now, the new Digidesign ICON-based Gold Room.
Chief engineer Skip Burrows designed the Gold Room around a 32-fader Digidesign D-Control console, with a “perfect blend” of absorption, bass trapping, and diffusion. “I spoke with every manufacture in the world regarding diffusion and isolation,” said Burrows, “and came up with a unique blend of products from RPG, Auralex, Pac International and Acoustic Systems that provides a room that is both acoustically accurate and comfortable to work in.”
Sunrise Gold RoomThe Gold Room features two isolation booths for recording. The stone room reportedly has “a wonderfully warm natural reverb perfect for acoustic and electric guitars.” Motorized curtains are used to dampen the reverb time and vary the acoustics in the stone room. The second booth was designed to be acoustically neutral. Great care was taken when designing this booth to make sure that sound was reproduced without room coloration. The “Gold Room” features outboard equipment by Manley, Empirical Labs, Groove Tubes, TC Electronics and others. Genelec 1031’s provide surround sound monitoring with alternate references coming from Yamaha Ns-10s and Auratones.
Sunrise Grey RoomMeanwhile, Sunrise’s Grey Room features a 72-channel SSL G+ console with 48 tracks of analog recording and a 64 input/output Pro Tools HD3 Accel system all wired in and ready to record. Tons of outboard gear round out this control room with equipment from Manley, TC electronic, Neve, Drawmer, and Empirical labs just to name a few. This studio includes a large performance room with a Yamaha Grand piano and a Hammond B3, as well as many drum sets.
The “Green Room” was designed for overdubs and mixing and features a Control 24 and a Pro Tools HD4 Accel system. This room provides clients with an intimate space for overdubs, edits and mixing. Surround Sound monitoring is provided by Genelecs. Auratone sound cubes give a “TV” reference for sound for picture clients. An extensive array of software tools are included featuring a TC System 6000 with full mastering package and Pro Tools plug-ins by Waves, Sony, Digidesign, Universal Audio, and many more.
The “Purple Room” was designed mainly for music and sound effect creation. This room contains sound modules from Roland, Korg, Yamaha, Waldorf, Moog, EMU and Akai. In addition to the sound modules, the Purple room has “Virtual” synths from Spectronics, Native Instruments, FX Expansion and others. A Tascam M600 console keeps everything at the engineer’s fingertips.
Over the years, Sunrise Sound has played host for artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Al Jarreau, La Mafia, Fama, Selena, Kings X, Scarface, The Geto Boys, Too Short, Chris Walker, Clint Black, John Waite, Kirk Wallum, Dwight Sills, Bob James, Yolanda Adams, Dave Stewart Caedmon’s Call and others.