Nearly two years after installing one of the first Digidesign ICON integrated consoles into its facility—a 32-fader D-Control—The Village Recorder’s Studio F has become one of the busiest rooms in Southern California. The studio reports that demand for the ICON has grown at a steady pace.
Studio F has recently hosted projects involving Walter Becker, the Dixie Chicks, Matt Dusk, Ben Harper, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Jewel, Alanis Morissette, Nelly, Bonnie Raitt, Papa Roach, Jessica Simpson, Donna Summer and Lucinda Williams. Studio F also uses the ICON to mix TV projects, including Gilmore Girls, Entourage and Lucky Louie, as well as a wide range of DVD commentaries and other projects.
“Village Recorder’s relationship with Digidesign dates back to the very early days of digital recording, and we’ve long relied on Pro Tools as an intrinsic part of our work,” says The Village CEO Jeff Greenberg (pictured). He also points out that The Village was one of the first studios to set up a FiberShare network to share files across multiple rooms.
“The ICON was an obvious choice for us,” he says. “It offers seamless integration with the room’s Pro Tools HD3 system. Even prior to our officially announcing it, we began hearing from engineers interested in working on the ICON. And since installing it, the room has been booked solid. Feedback from clients has been overwhelmingly positive. It sounds great, and it’s really had a profound impact on the mixing environment.”
“Working with the ICON gives me a depth of control with Pro Tools that far surpasses working with a traditional console,” says independent engineer Brian Scheuble. “The ICON can adapt to whatever way I choose to work, allowing me to organize a mix so it’s both convenient and intuitive. The desk has a real quality feel to it, the faders are smooth and responsive, and I love having instant access to the whole range of Pro Tools plug-ins.”