Odds On Records & Studios’ 96-input SSL Duality console
Odds On Records & Studios announces the grand opening of its $2 million multi-faceted recording facility in Henderson, Nev., just a few miles from the famous Las Vegas strip. Offering a parallel world where vintage gear and state-of-the-art recording equipment co-exist, Odds On Records & Studios is home to a 96-input SSL Duality console.
Bobby Ferrari, head of audio production as well as the development and installation of the new facility, is excited about what Odds On will have to offer its clientele. “Here at Odds On, we’re all about putting customer service back into the record making process,” he says. “We have great lounges and private areas, lots of vintage outboard gear and classic microphones combined with state-of-the-art large format analog consoles and the latest in Pro Tools technology. We also have numerous acoustic environments and a highly skilled staff. In the end, you have artists who are artistically satisfied with superior product. What more could you ask for in a recording facility?”
In addition to the newly built main tracking room where the Duality is situated, the new 12,000-square-foot building comprises a new mixing studio that furnishes an 80-input SSL 9000 K console, as well as a writing, editing and production suite that features an SSL Matrix. Each of the rooms, built by acoustician Carl Yanchar of Yanchar Design & Consulting Group, also has its own client lounge.
The studio is outfitted with an array of high-tech equipment including Allen Sides’ Ocean Way monitors, 40×80 Pro Tools inputs and outputs in each room, as well as outboard gear and Universal Audio A/D converters. Paying homage to the classic days of the record industry, Odds On Records & Studios is equipped with a collection of restored vintage tube microphones (restoration by David Bock of Bock Audio), including models from AKG, Gefell and Neumann. It also houses original LA-2A compressors, Focusrite/Neve era outboard gear, classic API audio products, Blackface UREI compressors and several vintage delays and reverbs.
Anyone recording at the facility receives first-hand guidance from two of the world’s leading industry experts, three-time Grammy award-winning James “Bonzai” Caruso, who is chief audio engineer and in-house producer, and multi-Platinum engineer Sean O’Dwyer. Caruso is best known for his work with Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliot. O’Dwyer has engineered everyone from Pink Floyd and Randy Newman to Blink 182 and Scott Grimes.
Odds On Records & Studios control room
“Besides having great gear and great rooms, you have to have great quality people who can offer the best in customer service,” explains Ferrari. “At Odds On Records & Studios, you don’t get some level-one Pro Tools guy to try and make your record. You get someone who has not only made albums, but someone who has done so with much success, whether it be Platinum or Grammy winning. You end up walking out of here with an even better product than you were expecting.”
Odds On Records & Studios took nine months to build. It is currently in the final phase of construction for its mastering suite, which is expected to open by summer 2009.
Already gaining momentum in the Las Vegas area, Odds On Records & Studios has hosted several A-list artists including Alicia Keys, Akon, T.I., Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell and Huey Lewis, as well as Motown legend Mary Wilson, The Band, Ultravoilet Sound, and up and coming Australian group, Blue King Brown.