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One Union Rises from the Ashes

SF studio rebuilds after massive fire.

San Francisco, CA (April 3, 2019)—Following a devastating fire and a complete rebuild, Bay Area post production sound company One Union Recording has reopened with five all-new, state-of-the-art studios designed for mixing, sound design, ADR, voice recording and other sound work.

All five studios feature Avid/Euphonix System 5 digital audio consoles, Pro Tools 2018 and Avid MTRX with Dante interface systems. Studio 4 adds Dolby Atmos capability with a full Atmos Production Suite as well as Atmos RMU. Studio 5, the facility’s largest recording space, has two MTRX systems, with a total of more than 240 analog, MADI and Dante outputs (256 inputs), integrated with a 9-foot Avid/Euphonix console. It also features a 110-inch, retractable projection screen in the control room and a 61-inch playback monitor in its dedicated voice booth. Among other things, the central machine room includes 300TB LTO archiving system.

One Union Recording Bounces Back

One Union began its reconstruction in September, 2017 in the aftermath of a devastating fire that affected the entire facility. “Where needed, we took the building back to the studs,” says One Union president and owner John McGleenan. “We pulled out, removed and de-installed absolutely everything, and started fresh. We then rebuilt the studios and rewired the whole facility. Each studio now has new consoles, speakers, furniture and wiring, and all are connected to new machine rooms. Every detail has been addressed and everything is in its proper place.”

During the 18 months of reconstruction, One Union carried on operations on a limited basis, while maintaining its full staff. That included its team of engineers, Joaby Deal, Eben Carr, Andy Greenberg, Matt Wood and Isaac Olsen, who worked continuously and remain in place.

Reconstruction was managed by LA-based Yanchar Design & Consulting Group, a specialist in design and engineering for sound facilities.

One Union Recording was founded by McGleenan, a former advertising agency executive, in 1994 and originally had just one sound studio. Recent work includes commercials for Mountain Dew and car-sharing company Turo, the television series Law and Order SVU and Grand Hotel, the podcast series Root of Evil and the game The Grand Tour.

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