Chalice Recording Studios (Los Angeles) recently opened its doorsand immediately put an 84-input Neve 88R console to work. Though ownerBen Tao sees his new 7,000-square-foot facility primarily catering toR&B artists, he welcomes all projects. The first act to use theconsole was From Zero, a nu-metal band signed to Arista Records.Producer/engineer Warren Riker spent two weeks mixing the album inStudio B, for an expected release late this year.
“The 88R was fantastic,” said Stacey Dodds, manager oftechnical operations at Chalice Recording Studios. “Nothing outthere sounds like it, and the automation system was easy to bring upand get onto without hitting a huge learning curve. It’s a superbconsole in every sense, a classic blend of that rich old Neve sound,modern features and instant recall.”
The new desk, with a 33609 compressor, is the centerpiece ofChalice’s 1,200-square-foot Studio B, an exotically appointedspace with rich fabrics and deep-stained walnut trim. Designed by GaryStarr, Studio B provides an abundance of outboard equipment.