Acoustical reflections in audioEngine’s control room and vocal booth were handled by covering the windows with 7-foot-tall, clear Plexiglas diffusers. Seated: Rex Recker
Audio post-production company audioEngine (www.audioengine.net) unveiled its fourth room, Studio D, a 5.1 mixing and recording studio that is home to mixer/co-owner Rex Recker. The room was designed by Jim Maher of Soundhouse Design, who created a “mixer-in-the-round” environment: a specially designed console placing the mixer in the center of the space with seats on all sides. Mixing, recording and editing are centered on a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD3 system.
Studio D's construction marks one of the first times Dolby has worked with a commercial audio company to create a Dolby-approved 5.1 studio. Placing the vocal booth in the front of the room made correctly implementing the Dolby surround system a major issue for the design team. When the booth is in voice-over mode, the 5×7-foot glass is in view. When the surround session begins, the center speaker raises into position on a motorized platform that includes a false wall with all of the acoustical absorption to equal the right and left speaker environment.
Audio is monitored through a 5.1 main system comprising JBL cinema speakers powered by Crown and Hafler amplifiers, KRK V4s for near-field stereo and the built-in speakers of Sony's KV-32HS510 for consumer television reference.
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