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WSDG Designs NH-Based Studio.MetronomeFull-service music production facility focuses on mixing and tracking (June 16, 2004)
High atop a secluded New Hampshire hill, surrounded by 100 acres of hardwood forests sits Bennett Chandlers new Studio.Metronome. A full-service music production facility with a focus on mixing and tracking, Studio.Metronome combines state-of-the-art digital technology with vintage analog gear in one of the industrys most creatively invigorating destination environments.
When Chandler decided to realize his goal of building a world-class studio, its location was a given. ?My family has owned this beautiful property for many years, he says. ?I built the house up here in 1995 and included a small Pro Tools studio for my own work. I found the secluded atmosphere extremely conducive to creativity, as did visiting artists. When I was ready to build a full-service studio, the Walters-Storyk Design Groups (www.wsdg.com) John Storyk was the only architect I considered.
?Metronome is a completely-realized dream studio, John Storyk remarked. ?Bennett has had an extremely interesting career both in pro audio and in the business world, and hes done everything right with this studio. My partner and senior designer Scott Yates and I were immediately impressed by the location, and its acoustic potential. Bens idea to create a fully equipped analogue/digital mixing room within this stunning rural setting was brilliant. The combination of location, equipment and overall room acoustic quality make this a very special place for recording and mixing music.
The studio features a pristine SSL 4048 G+ console coupled to a large Pro Tools HD system a Studer A827 24-track with Dolby SR. Main monitors are the stunningly accurate Boxer T5 Monitors. Added to this is a prized Yamaha C7 grand piano and an expansive collection of vintage tube mics, esoteric preamps and outboard gear. The mastering/mix-down system is based on an industry-standard Ampex ATR 102 and a 24-bit 96 kHz AIFF hard-disk recorder with Apogee PSX100 converters.
Attention to detail is a Metronome priority - from the meticulous use of various woods, glass, stone and fabrics to the exclusive use of Mogami oxygen-free cabling and Neutrik gold-plated connectors to ensure the cleanest, highest definition audio path. Studio.Metronome has a full-time maintenance staff and a superbly outfitted in-house tech support division, Metrotech (www.metrotechrepair.com). Run by Technical Director Leo Monea, it is also available to other studios and pro audio users in the region.
Personal amenities for visiting artists, producers and engineers are equally impressive. In addition to a sizable art collection, dramatic views, hiking and cross-country skiing trails, hot tub and gourmet meals prepared by the in-house chef. Studio.Metronome also maintains an outdoor performance pavilion.
?Weve tried to think of every possible contingency, and are prepared to meet virtually any need. We know of no other mixing rooms in New England that meet this level of perfection. Artists, engineers and producers seeking the best technology, acoustic environment and vibe need look no further.
Bennett Chandler, who is also a percussionist, migrated to the technology side of the industry some twenty years ago, designing and building the Real Time Productions remote truck which recorded and produced live performances for such clients as the BBC Rock Hour and countless live broadcasts featuring such artists as B.B. King, UB40, Greg Allman, The Fixx and many, many others
For an in-depth look at Studio.Metronome please visit www.studiometronome.com or call studio manager Wendy Girouard at (603) 672 9380.
About The Walters-Storyk Design Group
The Walters-Storyk Design Group (www.wsdg.com) has designed over 1400 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and South America. Their credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studios (New York) to Synchrosound in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Argentinas Circo Beat Studios. Recent projects include: film composer Carter Burwells Tribeca NY studio, a facility for recording artist Paul Winter, the cutting-edge Interlochen, MI, Public Radio complex, Thirteen/WNET NYs new 5.1 audio suite, Allaire Studios in Woodstock, NYand Tim Mosleys new Timbaland Studios. John Storyk is course director of studio design and acoustics for The Expression Center For New Media (SF). He and WSDG principals Beth Walters, Scott Yates and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a five-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in New York and Switzerland, and has representatives in Miami, San Francisco; Argentina; South Africa and Brazil.
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