1. ACOUSTICALLY DESIGNED " FOLEY " TRACKING ROOM
20' L X 13 1/2' W with an angled ceiling that grades from 13' to 16'
there are 5 different sections to the floor to combat vibration transfer as well as six built in 5' wide floor to ceiling round surfaced pillar like diffusers. These are a HUGE part of the room's overall sonics. They make it easy for an electric live band to track with an amazing degree of separation all while being right up close to each other.
( that means if someone makes a mistake, it typically sonically doesn't blow it for everyone else )
2. THE LOUNGE )
16' W x 12' L with 9' ceiling
several years back when I was changing out the carpet I came across the old original tile underneath the padding. It took about 2 seconds to realize what I had. Keep in mind that the room wasn't constructed to be a lounge, I just use it for that. The ceiling is all OG acoustical dotted hole material that you see in all the old time studios. The space also has some cool features, such as it drifts into the area where the stairs lead up to the raised control room and then on up to the second floor. That corridor has a ceiling height of 16' as well which provides for some cool opportunities for adventurers.
When tracking LIVE I primarily use this room for anything that requires separation from the drums. Such as uprights, strings, acoustic guitar, acoustic piano, vocals etc...
3. THE HALL ( yes the hall )
10' L X 3 1/2' W with 9' ceiling
this hall also has the same OG acoustical dotted hole ceiling tile as well as some additional acoustical treatments.
In my quest to find a way to be able to track live vocals with the band while maintaining sonic separation as well as visual contact my journey led to this. I looked in to getting a vocal booth but an obstacle like that would throw off the acoustic precision in the tracking room. So, lucky me when a glass company moved in on the block. They came in, took out my hall door, cut out a nice big center piece, added some heavy grade glass / air trap / more glass / air trap / even more glass / & now magically I have a vocal booth or another space for additional separation.
4. CONTROL ROOM
11' L X 10 1/2' W with 7' ceiling
It is the original control room with 4 1/2' X 3' ( viewable - it's actually bigger ) window looking out to the tracking room. The floor is carpet and the walls and ceiling are an acoustic fiber material treatment of great mystery.
Keep it simple for sonic quality and precision.
1. Front End ( 18 - pre amps - 5 completely different flavors )
2 Brent Averill 1073's ( early ones )
11 Brent Averill 312A's ( Avedis first series )
1 Avalon VT 737 sp
2 Universal Audio LA610's
1 Shadow Hills Equinox ( 2 channel )
M-A-S Overstayer Model 8101
Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
Manley Stereo Variable MU Limiter Compressor
Mogami gold sputtered cable through out
2. Converters - analog to digital & digital back to analog
1 16 channel Apogee AD - 16X
1 16 channel Apogee DA - 16X
Mac Pro Intel Dual Core 2.66ghrtz 16gig ram
30" Apple Cinema Display
ProTools 9 HDII
many pluggins - ua , waves , mel , alti , brainworx , & on & on
Yamaha YST215SW Sub Woofer
Yamaha P2500S Power Amp
1964 Hammond C3 Organ with Leslie 122 ( straight out of an old baptist church from south central Los Angeles after 50 years of use - I am the 2nd owner & she is sweeeeeet )
1973 Mason & Hamlin spinet piano
Wurlitzer A200 electric piano ( late 60's )
Yamaha 88 weighted key controller
2 - EV RE15
2 - SENNHEISER 421
2 - COLES 4038 (ribbon)
2 - AKG C 414 B - XLII
1 - AKG C 414 B - ULS
1 - NEUMANN U87
1 - AKG D112
1 - SURE BETA 52
4 - SURE SM57'S
1 - SURE SM58