ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND â€“ APRIL 2009: Omega Recording Studios, the largest recording studio complex in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, has invested in Prodigy Engineering’s eight-channel remote controllable pre-amplification system – Anima.
For over 35 years, Omega Recording Studios has contributed to the rich history of popular music. The sounds of Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and many other influential artists are deeply embedded in the walls of Omega’s recording studios. While Omega certainly has no shortage of highly sought-after vintage amplifiers and signal processors, in their continuing effort to augment the studios with the best and newest in technology, they relied on Prodigy Engineering to deliver their most eagerly awaited purchase of the year.
“After hearing this piece, I knew this was the right match for Omega Recording Studios. Our mainstay is recording live musicians – orchestras, big bands, jazz greats. We need preamps that are clean and can capture the rich sound of great musicians playing fine musical instruments and using great microphones. The Anima gives us true rich sound along with cutting edge technology. This is a winner!” said owner, Edward Petersen.
Contrary to the countless numbers of vintage amplifier designs that have been copied, re-branded, and re-released by many new companies in recent years, Prodigy Engineering has produced something truly noteworthy. Anima is the result of over two years of original design work – true to form research and development. The Anima preamplifier is an original OpAmp design with precision wound input and output transformers and relay stepped gain in 1dB increments. Additionally, the Anima features the ability to save settings internally along with easy integration options for the professional recording industry standard platform, Digidesign Pro Tools HD(r) and compatible control surfaces like the ICON(r).
Dave Durr general manager adds, “I have been excited for this piece! Great sounding analog circuitry in a digitally controlled environment – what’s not to love! Open top-end, firm lows and a silky midrange make this a powerful unit in our outboard mic pre collection.”
Anima is the proof of concept that uncompromised quality and integrity can still be engineered and built in the USA.
ABOUT OMEGA RECORDING STUDIOS Omega Recording Studios is located in Rockville, Maryland. The five-studio complex houses Neve, SSL, and API studios, along with a Pro Tools mastering suite featuring a 32-channel Pro Control. The new addition – “Studio E” – features a dual operator, 48-channel ICON D-Control, configured for both music mixing and film/video post-production.
Omega is also the home of the Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording Arts & Sciences, a nationally accredited school that has trained recording engineers and technicians for the music industry since 1977. For more information, visit the website at: www.omegastudios.com.
ABOUT PRODIGY ENGINEERING Headquartered in Bowie, Maryland, Prodigy Engineering is a leading electronics design firm specializing in the development and manufacture of innovative audio signal processors. For more information, visit the Prodigy Engineering website at: www.prodigy-eng.com
PHOTO CAPTION Omega Recording Studios staff engineers (left to right): Shannon Follin, Scotty O’Toole, Larry “Priest” Ware II, and General Manager Dave Durr.