Wimberley, TX (April 6, 2016)—Esplanade Studios, located in the heart of New Orleans’ historic Treme neighborhood, has installed the world’s first 48-channel Shelford Edition 5088 console from Rupert Neve Designs.
Esplanade opened in 2013 as the largest recording studio in Louisiana. The former 1920s church has been completely restored and renovated, and turned into a 14,000-square-foot facility.
Studio owner and chief engineer Misha Kachkachishvili says, “I went to the NAMM Show a few years ago, and I met Josh [Thomas, of Rupert Neve Designs]. He showed me the new Shelford modules. I was really considering two other consoles, but he sent me a couple of modules to listen to, and the comparison wasn’t even fair—the Shelford modules had so much tone and depth, and the Silk feature is just amazing. It’s so great. Horns, for example – they’re could be harsh and big sounding. In the past I would use tube preamps or tube EQ to tone the sound down. Now, with Silk, I don’t have to do that anymore. The blue setting of Silk does add tone and harmonics resembling vintage valve equipment. I haven’t used a tube preamp since last February. I pretty much retired all my tube preamps, and I had quite a collection.”
He continues, “I also like the simpler layout. The older board used to hurt my back reaching for the controls—I need a very easily reachable EQ, preamps, and aux section. Some of the other boards were just so much more involved…I don’t need so many auxes or busses. It’s just a simpler design, and of course the sound is just incredible.”
Despite its roots in jazz and orchestral recording, Esplanade has seen a substantial pop presence in recent years, with sessions including Iconopop, Metric, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar and Rickie Lee Jones. Esplanade continues to expand with a second mixing room, and a new 3000-sq.-ft. basement room for “live, in-studio” audio and video recording sessions.
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