Westlake Village, CA (November 14, 2014)—Engineer/producer Mark Lienhart, owner of Cincinnati’s One Louder Studio, has moved into a new location, outfitting the facility with assistance from Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro).
“I always wondered how the major-label engineers got that last 10 percent or so of sound quality,” says Lienhart. “I worked and worked, studying the science and art of recording, but I just couldn’t quite get there. As much as people say that the gear doesn’t matter, they’re wrong—the gear is that last 10 percent. Nothing I did would make the sound perfect until I found the gear that complemented what I was doing.”
Lienhart’s tenure as a studio owner has humble beginnings—a few mics and an interface, purchased at the grand re-opening of Cincinnati’s Guitar Center in 2007, recording in his band’s rehearsal space. After moving to a space near the University of Cincinnati, he made a significant upgrade to his setup, working with GC Pro Sales rep Jim Kinney. But the biggest shift has been outfitting his new studio location.
The centerpiece of the new facility, in operation since June 2014, is the Slate Pro Audio Raven MTX console. Kinney and Lienhart interfaced the Raven MTX, running Pro Tools HDX, with a custom analog board that they designed themselves with all of Lienhart’s favorite outboard gear—preamps, EQs, compressors and the like. The setup is complemented by Genelec 8050 active monitors, also sourced through GC Pro, and classic Yamaha NS10s.
A final touch was acoustical treatment. Lienhart recalls, “Jim arranged for Jay Porter from Radial and Primacoustic to do a 3D rendering of the room, based on the architect’s drawings and our specs, and he recommended several pieces of Primacoustic treatment, strategically placed in just the right spots. It was the perfect solution for controlling the sound in the control room and the tracking room.”