Barefoot Studios (Hollywood) has chosen a 60-channel Neve 88R analog console to replace its classic Neve 8128, bringing routing, recall and automation features to the facility, while maintaining the rich Neve analog sound.
“For me, the 88R is really the Holy Grail of consoles,” said owner Eric Valentine. “It has all the modern features and flexibility in terms of routing and automation, without any compromise in sound. The EQ is really great; the additional gain you have in each bandwidth is very noticeable. It’s a console that adds a particular color and excitement to the sound of any project.”
Valentine became a Neve proponent more than a decade ago, and in the past few years, he has been looking for a console that preserves the sound and offers enhanced routing flexibility and mix recall, as well as a large input frame. The 88R fulfils that wish list on all counts, Valentine said. As he occasionally does film mixing, especially when one of his clients has a song on a movie soundtrack, Valentine plans to configure the 88R desk so that he can do 5.1 surround when needed.
While the new console is being installed by Valentine, studio manager Trevor Atkinson and technicians from Neve, Barefoot will shut down for a few weeks. “And then I’m going to spend about a month doing developmental projects so I can sort of get up to speed and comfortable on the new console,” Valentine said. “One thing I’ve learned in the past 10 years is that no matter how much time you spend or how much you put into it, you’re never done improving your studio. And the 88R is going to be a major improvement.”
Among Valentine's roster of engineering/recording clients are Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, Queens of the Stone Age and The Dwarves. He has also served as engineer, drummer, percussionist and bass player on several songs by the legendary guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.
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