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ESPI 10.29 Studios


Mexican guitarist and composer Espinoza Paz recently completed a world-class private recording facility in the Marina neighbourhood of Mazatlán in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.

Calling on the expertise of Horacio Malvicino from the New York-based Malvicino Design Group for the design and commissioning, and Guitar Center Pro for equipment supply, ESPI 10.29 Studios now provides private offices and a lounge kitchen and dining room on its ground floor; two control rooms and a large tracking space with three isolation rooms on its second; and guest accommodation on the top floor. The studios are based around SSL and AMS Neve mixing, Pro Tools recording and Ocean Way monitoring.

Singapore’s Leo Studio


Leo Studio is Singapore’s newest recording venue. Behind it are Asian pop producer/studio consultant Eric Ng (黃韻仁) and veteran recording/mixing engineer, Frank Lee. Although it has only been operating for a few months, the facility is already highly-regarded, with established artists using it even before the doors officially opened – attracted by its high-end gear and instruments and inspiring environment.

‘A recording studio should not only have great equipment, but should also be a comfortable, creative space.’ says Ng ‘We wanted the live room to be a stimulating environment that would excite the artists and make them welcome.’

Inaugural European Games


The inaugural European Games was staged in the new, 68,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku. Organised by the European Olympic Committee, its opening and closing ceremonies were on a similar scale to established sports spectaculars and required an experienced team to handle the sound.

In charge of audio design and delivery for both live and broadcast was Scott Willsallen: ‘These events are primarily about the television pictures,’ he says. ‘However, as they take place in the round, the audience is in the background of most camera shots, so the more engaged and enthusiastic they are, the more interesting it is for the viewers at home.’

Symetrix takes a seat at the Chill Skybar


The growth of Vietnam’s business and industrial sectors has been paced by that of its entertainment sector, with new venues regularly opening their doors Among them is the Chill Skybar overlooking Ho Chi Minh City.

Opened in 2011, the bar has established itself as one of the most popular but persistent noise spill meant that its audio was fundamentally inadequate – enter local A/V firm DesignLive Technologies to undertake an upgrade. ‘The venue was highly regarded, but there was problems with the sound quality and noise bleed resulted in complaints from neighbours,’ explains DesignLive Technologies owner, Phu Tran Pham.

Pistoia Blues Festival


Having hosted BB King, Muddy Waters, Fats Domino and John Lee Hooker at its inaugural 1980 event, Tuscany’s Pistoia Blues festival counted Mumford & Sons, Counting Crows, Hozier, Passenger, The Darkness, Dream Theater, Santana and Sting among its 2015 headliners.

The event took its regular spot in the city’s Piazza Duomo and ran for nine evenings. Its technical infrastructure was provided by the long-standing Electra Service, headed by Roberto Buttarelli, with the main PA system provided by All Access – which was set up in 2011 to purchase the Martin Audio MLA multicellular system used for the festival, and for other national and international productions.

Case Study: The Journey

The HiveSound designer Mike Bedford from Hoare Lea called on Out Board’s Robin Whittaker and TiMax SoundHub to provide immersive live audio playback and 3D spatialisation in the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan World Expo.

With the expo focused on sustainability, technology and food – themed Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life – the UK pavilion resembles a giant beehive in a wildflower meadow, designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress and engineer Tristan Simmonds.

 

Interview: Cenzo Townshend/Decoy Studios

Decoy StudiosWith two MPG Mixer of the Year awards under his belt, music producer/mixer/engineer Cenzo Townshend opened the doors on his Decoy Studios in late 2014. The move follows time at London’s Trident in the 1980s, work with Ian Broudie and then Stephen Street at The Bunker in Olympic Studios.

In the Suffolk countryside, Decoy studio complex is kitted out with choice equipment, centred on Audient ASP8024 and SSL SL4000G mixing consoles.

 

Music Video: Dead Cert?

BBFC

Two days ago, Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music formally agreed to submit music videos to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) before posting them on YouTube and Vevo.

While presently only applicable to videos that are produced in the UK, the move sends a strong signal regarding the content of some of our music and the fears that surround the internet.

 

Recording: The Time Before Mics

Recording on WaxYour last recording session may have used virtual mics and outboard. The guitar amps, as well as mic positioning, may have been similarly virtual. Alternatively, you may have been placing real mics around a live band before settling down in the control room.

Duncan Miller’s most recent sessions, however, returned him to a time when there were no microphones…

 

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