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Music Production

London’s Hospital Club Renovates Studios

The Hospital Club Studios recently updated its facilities with surgical precision.

London, UK (July 31, 2018)—The Hospital Club Studios, a multipurpose creative production facility and private members’ club in London’s Covent Garden conceived by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, has installed SSL’s System T broadcast audio production environment.

The Hospital Club is a unique space comprising a TV and music studio, private members’ club, bar, restaurant, hotel, gallery, event space, live music venue and more. It was conceived by Allen and Stewart in 2004 as a progressive media hub that could bring people from all corners of the creative content multiverse together in one environment.

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Simon Wall, sound supervisor at The Hospital Club for 14 years, says, “The whole facility was designed to be a complete vessel for creative ideas that start in the club and get realized in the studios, but in reality, the studio generates most of its interest from external clients. We still do have some creative throughput from the members’ club, but the majority of our work is television programming for commercial production companies and broadcasters.”

The sound control room is not a typical broadcast space and feels more like a high-end music studio, populated by racks of classic outboard gear, furniture by AKA Design and a plush rear seating area. The System T installation was carried out by systems integrator ES Broadcast.

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The System T consists of a 3-bay, 48-fader S500 control surface and a 16-fader remote fader tile in the sound control room, though the separate fader tile can be moved anywhere on the network and be coupled with the T-SOLSA PC control application and touch screen.

In the machine room, there is an SSL Tempest T80 800-path audio engine and a range of SSL Network I/O, including 10 A16.D16 units (combination of mic, line, and digital I/O), alongside MADI, SDI and AES interfaces. There are also several movable, flight-cased stage racks populated with SSL Network I/O SB 8.8 and SB.32.24 Dante stageboxes.

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Wall is making the most of the Dante network and AES67 compatibility, by upgrading The Hospital Club’s comms system to the new Riedel Bolero wireless system and using a Dante-equipped Yamaha QL-1 console for simple PA control and stage foldback.

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