North Hollywood, CA (April 26, 2007)–Nearly two years after installing one of the first Digidesign ICON integrated consoles–a 32-fader D-Control–into its facility, the Village Recorder’s Studio F is in high demand, according to Village management. Demand for the ICON has reportedly grown at a steady pace, with the studio playing host to a diverse list of music projects that includes Walter Becker, the Dixie Chicks, Ben Harper, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Nelly, Bonnie Raitt, Jessica Simpson, and Lucinda Williams.
Jeff Greenberg in Studio F at The VillageStudio F also uses the ICON to mix TV projects, including Gilmore Girls, Entourage, and Lucky Louie, as well as a wide range of DVD commentaries and other projects that keep the room humming.
“Village Recorder’s relationship with Digidesign dates back to the very early days of digital recording, and we’ve long relied on Pro Tools as an intrinsic part of our work,” said The Village CEO Jeff Greenberg. He also points out that The Village was one of the first studios to set up a FiberShare network to share files across multiple rooms-and being one of the first to embrace the ICON console.
“The ICON was an obvious choice for us,” he continued. “It offers seamless integration with the room’s Pro Tools HD3 system. Even prior to our officially announcing it, we began hearing from engineers interested in working on the ICON. And since installing it, the room has been booked solid. Feedback from clients has been overwhelmingly positive. It sounds great, and it’s really had a profound impact on the mixing environment.”
“Working with the ICON gives me a depth of control with Pro Tools that far surpasses working with a traditional console,” remarks independent engineer Brian Scheuble (Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Elton John, Dave Matthews, John Mayer). “The ICON can adapt to whatever way I choose to work, allowing me to organize a mix so it’s both convenient and intuitive. The desk has a real quality feel to it, the faders are smooth and responsive, and I love having instant access to the whole range of Pro Tools plug-ins.”
As one of the first major studios to integrate the ICON into its mixing environment, The Village’s steady stream of experienced engineers has also become an indispensable resource for Digidesign’s ICON development team, providing valuable feedback and communication. “Digidesign has always been an exceptionally supportive group to work with,” said Greenberg. “Their people take a very proactive stance and work hard to understand our needs and our working environment. The ICON is a perfect example of a product that goes beyond simply filling a need. It represents a whole new way of working.”