BB4 Studios has chosen PMC IB2 speakers for their new, meticulously planned facility in New York.
Officially opened last November, BB4 aims to provide producers, engineers, artists and labels with an innovative audio resource for audio mixing and mastering. Built from the ground up on Williamsburg’s famed Bedford Avenue, BB4 offers a custom mastering-style console and a plethora of dynamics, EQs, plugins and effects, all housed in a neutral room that has been acoustically designed to give the largest, flat sweet spot possible.
Christos Tsantilis, BB4's in-house engineer who designed the studio in conjunction with its owner, Rafael 'Raf' Planten, says: "Once upon a time, mix rooms and mastering suites were built to the same specs, but at some point mix rooms had to get bigger, to accommodate the larger tracking consoles that were being brought in. The BB4 approach gets mixers back into a room that’s optimized for accuracy – this is a mastering-grade environment where they can mix. Having this purpose-built environment provides an extreme upgrade in your ability to hear the music, and make much more informed decisions."
As a multi-platinum engineer and producer, as well as an accomplished studio designer, Tsantilis was keen to ensure that the new studio's monitoring system offered both accuracy and clarity.
"I had worked on PMC speakers before," he says, "and I could hear that they were extremely pristine. Their three dimensional value and clarity are phenomenal. We had tried other speakers, and they couldn’t compare. The PMCs are just very, very true and very accurate – matched up with the right amplifier, they make all the difference in the world."
Tsantilis adds that the PMC IB2 passive speakers play a large part in helping BB4 to deliver a truthful sound.
"We depend on them to know we’re placing the instruments correctly in the mix, and that we’re hearing it right," he says. "We can make better decisions, more quickly – the PMCs really sing."
In recent months BB4 has been working on Ian Lloyd's album titles BTB, which features band members from Foreigner, Yes and Stories. BB4 has also been working internally on multiple projects with players such as Zev Katz and Jon Ihle who will be under BB4's publishing company.
For more information on BB4 Studios, visit http://www.bb4studios.com/.
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