From left: Mike Crehore, Jason Marcucci and Al Houghton at Dubway Studios NYC.
Dubway Studios in New York City has installed a Dangerous Monitor ST/SR surround setup in its newly built fourth studio, the Red Room. According to studio manager Steven Alvarado, Nickelodeon's The Backyardigans “keeps the studio so busy right now that we needed a new room to mix other projects.” Dubway's new Red Room also features a Dangerous 2-Bus analog stereo stem summing unit.
The Monitor ST is a remote-control based programmable input source and speaker switcher with integrated cue and talkback systems, including an onboard headphone power amplifier, while the Monitor SR expansion module provides comprehensive 5.1 surround monitoring.
"We talked about what we'd need for a 5.1 studio and how to achieve that in a small studio environment," says producer and Dubway Studios’ co-owner, Mike Crehore. "We just didn't have room for a full size console, and the Monitor ST integrates really well with the Dangerous 2-Bus."
"I'm so busy mixing projects for MTV and VH1 that we needed a new room for me to mix in,” stated chief engineer Jason Marcucci. “When we were designing the room, we knew we had to make it ready for surround for future DVD, HDTV and film-oriented projects. We checked out other monitor controllers, but after using and listening to the Dangerous Monitor ST/SR we definitely liked it best." Marcucci's first mix in the new room was a live recording of rock band New Found Glory for MTV2's Discover and Download.
"Another thing I like about the Dangerous 2-Bus is access to the analog signal for inserting analog outboard gear," adds producer and co-owner, Al Houghton. "Since I insert it at an analog level, the alignment of the audio is always there. For example, I like to combine a compressed mix of the drums, using an analog compressor, with the Pro Tools mix. It's very hard to do that without a tool like the Dangerous 2-Bus, which makes it easy and it sounds great.
"We do a lot of TV and rock recording and mixing,” Houghton adds. “We're all musicians and mix engineers, so we're pretty into the sound of the music itself. I use Pro Tools for all its editing and instant recall for TV, and by combining that with the Dangerous 2-Bus, and now the Monitor ST/SR, I don't have to sacrifice the audio quality. And not just for us, but for the clients, too, who recognize the quality of our mixes. It makes a difference in terms of the business."