Meet Studio I

The new Studio i at The Blackbird Academy is a hybrid, desktop recording, mixing, and mastering environment featuring Pro Tools HDX and 32 channels of analog summing from Dangerous Music. The second-floor studio ties in with Blackbird's Studio A live room which offers tunable acoustics and a Hidley-designed chamber with adjustable ceiling to customize the reverb time. Preamps in Studio I include units from GML, Shadow Hills, John Hardy, Millennia Media, Grace Design, Chandler Ltd., and Radial Engineering. The patchbay, wired by Mike Rhodes at SkinnyFish Audio includes enough guest panel IO to handle the many outboard processors that will visit the room on tracking and mixing days. For starters, the outboard racks include something old and something new including an AMS RMX16 reverb, NTI EQ3, Bettermaker EQ502P, and gates from Keepex.

The room keeps its noisy neighbors in an IsoBox from Sound Construction Supply. This is where the Apple Mac Pro computer with a UAD-2 Quad card, Pro Tools HDX card, and 32 channels of Avid HD IO reside. DAW control is via an Avid Artist Series MC Control and monitoring from a Dangerous Music Monitor ST. Other gear includes ADAM S3-A monitors, Aviom A16-D Pro headphone system, Dangerous BAX EQ, and the Dangerous Liaison digital switcher for tight A/B comparisons of all the visiting analog gear that will come across the studio’s threshold.
For more info on Blackbird’s control rooms and studios be sure to visit the links for Studio A and Studio B and or request more info about our programs here.

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Kevin Becka

Written by Kevin Becka

Kevin Becka is an Instructor and Co-Director for The Blackbird Academy. He has been a musician and recording engineer for over 30 years. Kevin has taught audio recording at the high school and post-secondary levels including teaching surround recording at the Danish Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark; advanced recording at Belmont University; and served as a Director of Education, instructor and lecturer for over 10 years. Kevin is also a seasoned journalist, serving as editor of both Audio Media and Pro Audio Review magazines, and has been technical editor of Mix Magazine since 2003 where he writes the TechTalk column, product reviews, and features. Kevin is a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), a board member of The Society of Professional Recording Services (SPARS) and a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES).