Burbank, CA (April 30, 2021)—Five-time Grammy-nominated record producer, songwriter and movie producer, Harvey Mason Jr., has unveiled the new home of Harvey Mason Media, which includes the former Evergreen and Enterprise music recording facilities.
The Evergreen Stages building started life as a movie theater in the late 1940s before being repurposed as a multi-room music recording complex in 1979. The main live room measures over 3,000 square feet and includes four isolation booths. The studios, which have hosted sessions by some of the biggest names in the business during 40-plus years as a premier music studio, will also serve as the new home of Harvey Mason Media, which offers a wide range of services for record, film and television projects.
Mason, who has also served as the chair of the board of trustees and interim president/CEO of The Recording Academy since the start of 2020, says both facilities will feature Solid State Logic Duality Fuse 72-channel SuperAnalogue mixing consoles. The Duality Fuse console installed at Evergreen is the first to be installed anywhere in the world and will soon be joined by a second at its sister facility, the original Enterprise recording studios, just across the street. Duality Fuse is the latest model of Duality, featuring a fully integrated Fusion analog processor in the center section.
“The goal in rebuilding this historic building was to make it the most elevated, high-end, large format room in the city,” says Mason. “The live room sounds amazing and is one of the largest in L.A.; we can record an 80-piece orchestra here. Couple that with the sound of the Duality Fuse console and the flexibility it gives us, and we’re in a unique position in L.A.,” he says. “It gives us the opportunity to do great things here.”
The refurbishment of Evergreen Stages included an acoustic redesign of the control room, which is configured for 5.1 mixing and now features an ATC speaker system. “We worked with George Augspurger…who has designed three or four rooms for me over the years,” says Mason. “We reconfigured the front wall, built an entirely new back wall, added new ceiling treatment, repositioned the console and built a new credenza. The control room sounds much, much better and is more ergonomic.”
Additionally, the team led by Paul Cox of technical design and integration firm Paul J. Cox Studio Systems replaced the facility’s wiring infrastructure, says Mason. Cox and his team will also integrate the second, identical Duality Fuse across the street. The former Enterprise Studios was founded in the 1980s by Craig Huxley, who also owned the Evergreen Stages building for a period, operating it as Enterprise 2.
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