Westlake Village, CA (July 25, 2011)–GC Pro provided a complete design and build solution for Emile Haynie’s new Manhattan production facility.
GC Pro account manager Niyi Adelekan, based at GC Pro’s New York City office, oversaw the project, supplying and consulting on the equipment. Adelekan worked alongside GC Pro Affiliate program member Horacio Malvicino and Malvicino Design Group of Forest Hills, New York, who provided acoustical design and treatment as well as systems integration services.
“GC Pro took care of just about everything,” reports Haynie, who won a Grammy for his work on Eminem’s 2010 album release, Recovery, and also works with Kanye West and Kid Cudi, among others. “I couldn’t be happier with what Niyi and Horacio did. They made it really easy for me. When you’re a record producer and you’re about to spend a ton of money on equipment, you have to make sure it all goes together. They really understood what I do and the way that I work, and helped walk me through the process and pick out the right equipment.”
The studio design and equipment choices were driven by his production and songwriting process, explains Haynie, who relies on a large collection of vintage keyboards when building tracks. “I want to be able to lay something down on the keyboards, hit Record and not have to think about routing and patching. And if somebody gets an idea, they need to be able to cut vocals immediately. As a producer you can get caught up with having to do too much technological stuff when you just want to be creative.”
At the center of Haynie’s set-up is a Solid State Logic Matrix console, plus a pair of Genelec 1038B three-way active monitors and a Genelec 7071A dual 15-inch active subwoofer handle monitoring. Processing includes a Universal Audio LA-610 recording channel, Thermionic Culture Vulture stereo valve distortion and SoundToys plug-ins.
“You can’t imagine how many people have been in and said this is their favorite place to work in New York,” says Haynie.