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Music Production

Lennon, Swift Engineer Brings Treatments to Steve’s Music House

The Franklin, TN-based production facility is decked out in Auralex.

Indianapolis, IN (November 26, 2018)—After four decades engineering and mixing hits for artists from John Lennon to Taylor Swift, Steve Marcantonio set up Steve’s Music House, a personal Pro Tools-based production studio in Franklin, TN, where he’s outfitted his control room with acoustical treatments from Auralex Acoustics.

Marcantonio’s career spans projects with the likes of John Lennon, Aerosmith, Kiss and Heart in New York’s Record Plant Studios to Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton and others in the legendary studios of Nashville. At his new facility, Marcantonio has already done sessions for country music legend Ronnie Dunn and Grammy Award-nominated producer Dann Huff’s work with Brantley Gilbert and the band Midland.

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The control room’s acoustics are kept in check by Auralex ProPanels that line the vertical surfaces of the space, ProPanel ProClouds panels suspended from the ceiling, aiming to eliminate flutter echoes and other ambient artifacts.

In the corners of the control room and the spacious vocal booth that overlooks a nearby lake, Auralex DST-LENRD Bass Traps keep low-frequency energy under control. The vocal booth also utilizes SonoFlat Studiofoam panels. Meanwhile, Auralex ProPAD and ProPAD-XL Monitor Isolation Pads sit underneath the control room’s KRK V8 and V6 monitor speakers, and the Auralex SubDude-HT Acoustic Isolation Pads under the KRK subwoofer.

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Marcantonio noted he applied all the treatments with the aim to hear the truth, to hear what’s really in there. And not just for me in the control room—we have Auralex products in the vocal booth, which also has a window that looks out on the area and a lake. It’s very peaceful and inspiring for vocalists, and the Auralex treatments in the booth make sure that there are no [ambient] distractions when they’re singing. They’re hearing exactly what they’re singing, and so am I in the control room.”

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