Back in Black


Artis is working on windows today, building the frames, beads and hessian linings inside the glazed sections. The control room and live room will both be quadruple-glazed – the outer panes are vertically angled, and the inner two are parallel – this combination stops low frequencies from leaking (because it prevents sympathetic resonance in the glass).

We’re nearly at the stage where we need to start thinking about kit. The studio will centre around a Mac Pro running Pro Tools and Logic Pro through a Digi002. Monitors are Genelec 8040s although I may upgrade these to a system that provides proper sub-bass.

I work digitally in the Mac environment, but now that I have a proper, decent acoustically treated space for the first time, I’m going to go the extra mile and get the best possible quality of input signal – which will mean a valve desk. With Howard’s advice, and having spent a lot of time with the TL Audio VTC in the MusicLab at the University, I’m going for a small version of the same thing – the TL Audio M1F. We’re still working out the signal path – the Digi002 has a rather odd collection of inputs – but I’m basing the planning on the principle that I can have up to 12 simultaneuous valve input channels.

And today, the Latvian ‘cellists are playing… A-ha’s Take On Me.

All signals will pass through the TL Audio M1-F

Live room window frame under construction, with a sample of the black 'spongey stuff' that goes in the void between panes.

Live room window frame under construction, with a sample of the black 'spongey stuff' that goes in the void between panes.

And here's the spongey stuff fitted into the frame - it will eventually run all the way around.

And here's the spongey stuff fitted into the frame - it will eventually run all the way around. The glue has to be completely dry because the unit will eventually be air-sealed.

The control room window will be quadruple-glazed, with 2 x 10mm panes in the interior and 2 x (angled) 6mm panes on each side - that's 32mm of glass.

The control room window will be quadruple-glazed, with 2 x 10mm panes in the interior and 2 x (angled) 6mm panes on each side - that's 32mm of glass.

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