A talk with Joe Chicarelli from the SPARS Studio Summit.
Take a listen to his three part slide show here.
We recently modified our Studio 1 custom console and its sidecar by applying That Corporation’s InGenius® differential amplifier IC to each mic/line input module, significantly improving the transient response of all 64 channels.
Collaborating with one of the original console designers Eric Benton, chief tech Mick Higgins also developed and deployed a proprietary additional new circuit for each program module that flattens the high frequency response. This renders a more transparent and airy texture to the very high end.
Both modifications also improve the transient response of the very low frequencies down to 5 Hz.
No compromises were made to the legendary noise floor or distortion characteristics of the console to achieve these results. The custom discrete board was originally installed in 1984. Client reaction to these changes has been overwhelmingly positive.
The ProTools Suites at Sunset Sound underwent a bit of a facelift in December. We added windows to each suite to let the sunshine in! The windows also allow clients to see one another across the intervening foyer/lounge to facilitate visual interaction between control room and overdub areas.
Singer/Songwriter Ryan Adams constructed a lavish two-story project studio & office in one half of our duplex structure adjacent to Studio 3. He fell in love with the space during his Glyn Johns-produced album project in 2011. His indie label PaxAm Records is also headquartered there. We welcome Ryan and his team to the Sunset family!
We also now welcome Producer/Engineer Chris Coady as a new tenant in our Sunset Sound ProTools Suite effective March 2015. Transplanting from New York, he has created quite a cozy production room in our facility. Chris’s many credits can be viewed at www.allmusic.com.
And for those of you currently unaware, Sound Factory Studio A is the studio residence of famed producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and his staff, and its Studio B is occupied by noted producers Adrian Trujillo & Ettore Grenci. We have immensely enjoyed their company for quite some time and look forward to our continuing relationship.
2014-15 Clients Include:
Records: Slipknot, Morrissey, Fourplay, Dave Weckl, Glen Campbell, John Legend, Boney James, Blues Traveler, The Wombats, Leonardo Amuedo, M83, , Death Grips, Nate Reuss, Wardell, Michael McDonald, Tiziano Ferro, Rocketboys, Josh Radin, Little Scream, Earl Sweatshirt, Jewel, The Happy Hollows, Ivan & Alyosha, Kazuya Yoshi, On An On, No Doubt, Victorian Halls, Atreyu, Hey Violet, Jeanne Newhall, Beach House, Robert Francis, Toby Randall, The Aristocrats, Brooke Candy, Grizfolk, Romi Cage, Siedah Garrett, Daniel Powter, Steve Lukather, Larry Carlton, Tom Odell, The Front Bottoms, Fuzz, and many more.
Film & TV: “Big Hero 6” (2015 Oscar® Winner for Best Animated Feature)*, “The Good Wife”, “Converse”, “Apple”, “McDonald’s”, “SpongeBob”, “Annabelle”, “Porsche”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Payback”, “Red Band Society”, “American Masters/PBS”, “Toyota”, “Parenthood”, “Persol”
* We enjoyed 2 consecutive Oscars® for Best Animated Feature: “Frozen” & “Big Hero 6”
Outside equipment repair services are available through our technical maintenance departments at both Sunset Sound and Sound Factory. Please contact Mick Higgins or Wren Rider, respectively.