Total Integration of Manhattan SSL Studio with Combo SC-Mistral Cable
Precision Sound has reopened after an extensive three-year renovation in the heart of New York City’s Upper West Side. The studio offers a fully equipped and spacious control room, live room with isolation booth, and a critical listening lounge.
“I’ve been providing high-end engineering and mixing services here in Manhattan for several years,” says founder and chief engineer Alex Sterling, “and now we have reopened after an extensive renovation and reconstruction of our entire studio complex. Precision Sound is a brand new facility at the top level of any recording space available in Manhattan.”
A 48-channel SSL Duality Delta console is the centerpiece of the control room, along with ATC SCM110 main monitors, and outboard equipment from Rupert Neve Designs, Manley, Maselec, Retro, UA, Chandler, Bricasti, Eventide, and others.
“I run a studio that provides many different engineering services and with the renovation I wanted to offer a variety of new resources to my clients,” Sterling explains. “To accomplish the extensive new wiring work I wanted to use a leading cable brand. Based on my experience with Sommer Cable in the past, I felt like it was the right choice to wire the new space with Sommer.”
Sterling had one particular type of Sommer Cable in mind. “We chose the SC-Mistral cable that is compatible with analog signals as well as AES/EBU digital signals. The higher signal bandwidth of AES cable has sonic benefits for analog signals as well.”
The entire studio was rebuilt from scratch, with full isolation, floating floors and completely silent central air conditioning. “Our noise performance criteria was very strict and the result is one of the quietest recording spaces in New York City.”
The critical listening environment at Precision Sound was a top priority. “Our monitoring is very special,” Sterling adds. “It’s very accurate, low distortion, and offers incredibly high headroom. The speaker system from ATC was integrated in a very unique way through my collaboration with designer/integrator Horacio Malvicino who helped me create a fully decoupled and flush-mounted in-wall speaker system.”
Alex Sterling, Founder and chief engineer at Precision Sound in NYC.
“Alex has a lot of gear that requires both analog and digital wiring,” explains Horacio Malvicino. “In the past we used separate cables for analog audio and AES/EBU digital gear, but Sommer’s Mistral cable serves both purposes. The tech install team wired the whole studio with just this cable, which made the job much easier.”
Sterling outlines the progression of his work in Manhattan. “In the beginning of my career I did a lot of work with jazz, classical, and world music. I’ve continued to expand my work across the industry and now I’m doing more pop, electronic, and bands. I also am moving towards making mixing and mastering a specialty service at Precision. With the studio in its current form, we have a space that can provide very high level mixing and mastering capabilities for producers and artists who want to work in a uniquely capable environment and benefit from our exceptional monitoring, console, and gear.”
Precision Sound was developed by an extensive team of designers under the direction of Alex Sterling. Acoustics design, speaker decoupling system, and patchbay fabrication was by Horacio Malvicino of Malvicino Design Group. Architecture and interior design was by Steve Marchetti and Angelo Caranese of Studio Marchetti. Technical systems design and installation was by Crossley Acoustics, led by Matthew Schaefer. Technical furniture design and acoustic fabric installation by Crossley Acoustics, led by Timothy Crossley.
Learn more about Precision Sound: http://precisionsoundstudios.com
Learn more about the Malvicino Design Group: http://www.malvicinodg.com
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