Asheville, NC (March 8, 2017)—The Green-House Studio, located just outside Asheville, NC, has installed a customized Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console as its main tracking and mixing desk.
The desk at Green-House Studio, a division of Blantone Music, is configured with 22 channels—10 mono and six stereo channel modules—and is outfitted with an assortment of Shelford and Portico modules from Rupert Neve Designs. A customized penthouse section houses both 19-inch rack mount and 500 Series equipment from a variety of manufacturers.
Owner Stephen Blanton has been in the space for over 15 years, but his studio’s needs have changed over time. “I had begun mixing more and more through a console, and I wanted to ‘up my game.’ I also wanted a smaller footprint—projects here rarely exceed 30 tracks—and I was intrigued by the transformer-based architecture and high-voltage headroom.”
Blanton says, “The sound of this console is amazing. Tracks seem to sit better in a mix by virtue of simply passing through the circuitry.” He adds that his mix times are now more efficient, “because it takes less time to get to that ‘sounds like a finished record’ point.
“The transformer isolation also creates an enhanced sense of space between mix elements. On properly recorded tracks where nothing plays, the background is black…dead quiet. I also love the ‘heft’ the transformers give recorded sounds.”
Looking forward, in addition to expanding his mixing work for others, Blanton says he’d like to get more recording done for himself this year. “It’s often like the cobbler’s kids around here—the last ones to get shoes!”