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Music Production

80-Fader Lawo Desk Lands at Manhattan Center

Console is part of studio renovation at site of first film score recording.

New York, NY (September 13, 2018)—Manhattan Center has renovated its Studio-7 recording facility, equipping the control room with new sound, mixing and production systems, expanding workplaces for producers, and installing a new 80-fader IP-based mc²56 production console from Lawo. The improvements were supervised by architectural acoustic designer Francis Manzella, FM Design LTD.

The facility reportedly was the site where, in 1926, the first-ever film score was recorded, backing the John Barrymore and Mary Astor film, Don Juan. Today the facility is still used for recording major motion pictures and TV programs, such as the current hit, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, produced by Stewart Lerman and arranged by Bill Elliott for Amazon Prime.

Joshua Coleman, chief engineer, Audio Video Production, Manhattan Center said: “When it came time to upgrade Studio-7, we opted for the Lawo mc²56 audio console. With this installation, a new dimension of networking allowed us to use DANTE for connectivity with networking elements that distinguishes Manhattan Center in the marketplace.”

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The Lawo desk replaced an analog console that could no longer meet the demands of projects hosted by Manhattan Center productions. Additionally, the new console has introduced modern, efficient and flexible workflows to add to the overall quality of film score recordings, and cleared the studio of bulky cabling systems.

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