Westlake Village, CA (July 27, 2015)—Art Kelm, vice president, general manager and chief engineer at Capitol Studios in Hollywood (pictured below), relies on Guitar Center Professional for the facility’s audio equipment needs.
“I think I’m a pragmatic guy when it comes to decision-making, so I don’t just act on my own—I meet with our talented pros and find out what they need,” says Kelm. A recent purchase included a pair of Avid S6 Pro Tools control surfaces for the writer’s rooms.
“We have engineers that run the writer’s rooms,” he notes. “I made a point to sit down with them and ask them how they’re working, and what challenges and opportunities they have with the existing gear. It’s a team effort to move forward with gear upgrades, and out of all the work surfaces that were out there, together we felt that the S6 was a good fit for what these engineers, artists and writers were doing in these spaces.
“The Avid S6 offers tactile control and easily integrates with hard drives and other devices the artists would bring in rough tracks on. So I made the decision, and called up Brian Overton at the Hollywood office of GC Pro—which is really just around the corner from our building – and got the ball rolling. Response has been overwhelming positive with the S6’s, and we couldn’t be more pleased.”
Another recent purchase involved a complement of Dante-enabled Focusrite RedNet interfaces. “We’ve been starting to do things like live streaming events and rooftop concerts. The only practical way to get 32 microphone channels from the roof to a control room was with RedNet and the Dante network, as far as I’m concerned. We’re looking to expand the infrastructure to shoot audio and video from anywhere in the building to anywhere else in the facility, just like that. RedNet offers a scalable and future-proof solution, and again all it took to get the project moving was a call to Brian at GC Pro.”