Nashville-based audio mastering facility Final Stage Mastering has purchased a new SADiE DSD8 multichannel digital audio workstation. The system, delivered in December 2003, will share space with an existing SADiE 24/96 at the facility before it becomes the centerpiece of a new mastering suite, designed by Chris Huston, planned for later this year.
“The acquisition of the SADiE DSD8 system opens up an entirely new client base for the studio,” said Randy LeRoy, chief engineer at Final Stage Mastering. “We can now handle the increasingly popular SACD format and the DSD technology that it’s based on. Since the DSD8 can also work with PCM audio, it expands our capabilities in that format, as well.”
LeRoy, a fan of SACD’s sonic quality (“I was hooked ever since I worked on the Jerry Douglas album Lookout For Hope,” he recalls), is equally enthused about SADiE systems. “Our past experience with SADiE has shown us that they have a level of customer support that’s unsurpassed in the industry. They have treated us like no other company ever has. By choosing the DSD8 system, we cannot only move directly into the SACD domain, but can do so very smoothly since we’ll be integrating the DSD8 with the SADiE 24/96 system initially. The first project we completed with the SADiE DSD8 was the new Sam Bush album, King of My World on Sugar Hill Records. When our new mastering suite opens later in the year, we’ll have one of the first dedicated SACD mastering rooms in the world.”