From left: Ed Evans (VV Systems Designer/Chief Technical Engineer), Steve Strassberg (President, Strassberg Associates), Bobby Ferrari, Carl Yanchar, James Casas (IADT Technology Chair), Ron Herbes (IADT Community Relations Manager), Jason Cropper, and Jason Smith (President, IADT Vegas).
At this week's NAB Show, Vintage King Audio and the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT) teamed up for the unveiling of Vegas View Recording, a new 2,500-square-foot recording and mixing studio within its campus, overlooking the Las Vegas Valley and the Las Vegas Strip. Vintage King Sales Rep Jason Cropper worked closely with Robert "Bobby" Ferrari, designer and IADT Vegas Studio Manager, to help build out the studio.
"Vegas View is an ultra-modern, multipurpose creative center and the perfect showcase for Vintage King's integration of legacy and state-of-the-art products," says Vintage King's Cropper. "Of special note is the fine work that Bobby Ferrari and Ed Evans did on-site, recommissioning the previously owned SSL."
Ferrari served as designer of Vegas View, alongside systems designer Ed Evans and Carl Yanchar (Yanchar Design & Consulting Group), acoustics and architecture. "I've worked with Jason Cropper and Vintage King for years," Ferrari says. "VK is the go-source when you need just about any gear. They're fast, accurate, and always there when you need them."
"It is very fortuitous that we were able to stage this event during NAB," says Chris Bolitho, VK's post-production director. "This is one of the year's biggest gatherings of leaders in the video, audio, film and broadcast industries."
IADT offers associate's and bachelor's degrees in a variety of design and technology disciplines. Its industry-standard recording studio is first and foremost a teaching studio for IADT students. Vegas View Recording at IADT is also available for hourly and daily lease by professionals and others seeking use of a high quality studio operated by seasoned professionals.
The studio includes a vocal booth, a 1,200-square-foot live recording room and industry current control room. The control room is equipped with a refurbished SSL 9080J console for mixing and recording on a large format analog desk. The studio features a 48 I/O Pro Tools HD system with a Waves Mercury Bundle, along with a complement of outboard gear ranging from Neve 1073 mic pre's; Summit Audio mic pre's, EQs, and compressors; Bricasti Reverb; JCF Audio Latte converters; and Dynaudio M3 main monitors with Lab.gruppen amplifiers.
The acoustical design of the new facility is a modern take on the classic designs created by legendary designer Bill Putnam. Traditional acoustic treatments, such as hard tile flooring, acoustical ceiling materials on the walls and acoustic absorbers near the floor for a deep low-end transmission, combine with modern technology in the control room to create a "new" version of a classic sound environment.
"We're thrilled to offer everyone—from the famous to the independent artist or group—these new professional quality services and recording facilities," Ferrari says. "Vegas View Recording has been designed as a top quality studio to record and experience working with professionals and students in a comfortable environment. We are confident it will be a hit with recording artists, engineers, students and everyone who loves recording music.
"This will be a good place in Nevada to learn the true art of modern recording techniques," Ferrari adds. "IADT students will experience what real sessions are like in a truly professional environment, learning the minutiae involved in operating and managing a facility of industry standards."