Brookline, NH (August 18, 2004)–High atop a secluded New Hampshire hill, surrounded by 100 acres of hardwood forests sits Bennett Chandler’s new Studio.Metronome. A full-service music production facility with a focus on mixing and tracking, Studio.Metronome combines state-of-the-art digital technology with vintage analog gear in one of the industry’s most creatively invigorating destination environments.
When Chandler decided to realize his goal of building a world-class studio, its location was a given. “My family has owned this beautiful property for many years,” he said. “I built the house up here in 1995 and included a small Pro Tools studio for my own work. I found the secluded atmosphere extremely conducive to creativity, as did visiting artists. When I was ready to build a full-service studio, the Walters-Storyk Design Group’s John Storyk was the only architect I considered.”
“Metronome is a completely-realized dream studio,” John Storyk remarked. “Bennett has had an extremely interesting career both in pro audio and in the business world, and he’s done everything right with this studio. My partner and senior designer Scott Yates and I were immediately impressed by the location, and its acoustic potential. Ben’s idea to create a fully-equipped analog/digital mixing room within this stunning rural setting was brilliant. The combination of location, equipment and overall room acoustic quality make this a very special place for recording and mixing music.”
The studio features a pristine SSL 4048 G+ console coupled to a large Pro Tools HD system a Studer A827 24-track with Dolby SR. Main monitors are the accurate Boxer T5 Monitors. Added to this is a Yamaha C7 grand piano and an expansive collection of vintage tube mics, esoteric preamps and outboard gear. The mastering/mix-down system is based on an Ampex ATR 102 and a 24-bit 96 kHz AIFF hard-disk recorder with Apogee PSX100 converters.
Attention to detail is a Metronome priority–from the meticulous use of various woods, glass, stone and fabrics to the exclusive use of Mogami oxygen-free cabling and Neutrik gold-plated connectors to ensure the cleanest, highest definition audio path. Studio.Metronome has a full-time maintenance staff and a superbly outfitted in-house tech support division, Metrotech (www.metrotechrepair.com). Run by technical director Leo Monea, it is also available to other studios and pro audio users in the region.
Personal amenities for visiting artists, producers and engineers are equally impressive. In addition to a sizable art collection, dramatic views, hiking and cross-country skiing trails, the facility also boasts a hot tub and gourmet meals prepared by the in-house chef. Studio.Metronome also maintains an outdoor performance pavilion.
“We’ve tried to think of every possible contingency, and are prepared to meet virtually any need,” Chandler described. “We know of no other mixing rooms in New England that meet this level of perfection. Artists, engineers and producers seeking the best technology, acoustic environment and vibe need look no further.”
Walters-Storyk Design Group