Saint Leonards-on-Sea, England (July 22, 2016)—Penn Elcom has completed the design and installation of a wiring infrastructure for a new recording studio in Hastings, England, owned by songwriter/producer Paul Godfrey, creator of the popular trip-hop trio, Morcheeba.
The installation entailed delivering all the multicores, cables, stage boxes, patch bays, wall racks plus associated metalwork, and was overseen by Penn’s Leon Whipp, who heads the company’s specialist wiring division. The building, an old Methodist church in the heart of the town, has been converted into an environment offering a large control room, main space and mezzanine floor chamber.
Cat 5 connectors have been used throughout. A 48-way line system from the control room connects the recording spaces—main room and mezzanine—via two stageboxes, with a third stagebox for the drum riser. Video monitor screens linking all three areas are also run via Cat 5 lines.
Leon completed the installation over the course of about a month, but the total time on-site was around three days. The physical proximity of Penn Elcom’s HQ and factory facilities being just up the road was a great advantage. This was where the multicores one 16-way and two 12-way multicores were pre-built and prepped, all using Syntax connectors. Neutrik connectors were also utilized throughout the installation for the other terminations. “There was an emphasis on quality throughout,” says Leon.
Penn fabricated the 19-inch patch panel and all the wall boxes to Leon’s design. The patch is located in the control room, right at the hub of all the routing. There are two wall boxes in the main room and one on the mezzanine.
Says Leon, “Paul has a mix of the latest and some classic kit, all of which is used extensively in the studio. The key here was to create a neat, low-impact design that makes the studio quick and practical to set up for any scenario.”