Lake Hopatcong, NJ (December 11, 2003)–A new facility, The Barber Shop Studios, has acquired a new SSL XL 9000 K Series console, and will be installing it as its centerpiece. Co-owners Scott Barber and Mark Salamone plan to offer a cutting edge, high-power recording facility located in an historic early 1900’s church for a perfect creative environment.
“The XL 9000 K Series, outfitted for surround sound mixing, will provide the studio with the superior sonic performance and powerful automation necessary to attract top shelf talent,” says Salamone. “The XL 9000 K insures industry interest because of its tremendous popularity with top end talent.”
The Barber Shop Studios occupies a beautiful stone church located on the shore of Lake Hopatcong in Northern New Jersey. Built in the early 1900s, the West Side Church is an important part of local history and is registered with the Lake Hopatcong Historical Society. In the early 1970s, the church was converted into a live music venue called the Lighthouse and hosted a number of prominent performing artists. The NYC accessible 6,000-square-foot facility, with an additional marina, and restaurant, provides a relaxing creative environment with an incredible view. Now, The Barber Shop is preparing to offer so much more.
“We have assembled a group of professionals including executives, producers, engineers, designers and consultants with over 150 years of combined experience in the music industry to work with us,” says Barber. “The goal of this amazing team is to create one of the most impressive and unique recording facilities in the world and the XL is critical to this goal. SSL has established itself as the maker of the world’s premiere recording consoles. We feel the XL series console is the best choice for our clients. We were particularly impressed with the Ultipan function in the 5.1 section of the console.”
Fran Manzella is supervising the acoustic design of the studio, and the electronic design brings together the best of old and new recording technologies. The studio, due to open this spring, will offer an extensive collection of vintage microphones, outboard gear and instruments, along with the most up-to-date digital equipment and tools. The studio will feature full service analog and digital recording and post-production, including 5.1 and 7.1 digital recording, editing, mixing and mastering services. The anchor for all this gear is the XL 9000 K Series console.
The Barber Shop Studios