Moving studio to Great Barrier

Just moved the first load of studio gear from my storage unit to our new home on the barrier. At our new place we’ve got a neat studio space above the workshop with a great view of the bay. First job is to move the existing furniture and reassemble my workstation and rack. It’ll be good to have my Sequoia-based editing and mastering system up and running again. Power could be an issue but the quality of the Outback inverter is pretty good I think. That said I’ll probably get a UPS as well for when the  generator is running.

Euphonix control surfaces now installed

Just implemented a set of Euphonix control surfaces in the studio and integrated with my Sequioa 12 audio workstation. Three MC Mix units gives me 24 channels of faders, an MC Control gives me and extra four faders; a whole range of soft keys and transport buttons; and an MC transport gives me a nice meaty jog wheel and programmable functions keys. I’ve integrated this nicely with Sequoia and this really speeds up my editing workflow.

Studio Acoustics Upgrade

Some major changes to the studio planned for March. Broadband absorption based on Asona’s Fabwall 100 planned for the studio walls; and bass traps using floor to ceiling 2.4m high 100mm fibreglass panels straddling each of the room corners. This should tame the remaining bass and mid-frequency anomolies in the room – flattening out the room’s frequency response. It was a toss up between fibre glass and Autex’s excellent Acoustic Blanket AAB 100-48 (a 100mm polyester panel with a density of 48kg/m3) — both products available from Potters here in Auckland. In the end I chose the fibre glass as it was slightly more rigid and easier to work with (cut). All room measurements performed with REW V5 (Room Eq Wizard) – an excellent (and free) real time audio analyser.