Real World’s facility gets the big desk

February 12, 2006

Real World Studios, owned by international artist Peter Gabriel, has installed a custom-designed XL 9000 K console from Solid State Logic. The residential recording facility had targeted its main studio, The Big Room, for a major redesign nearly a year ago, and had begun negotiating the purchase of the new SSL desk when the company revealed it was up for sale. Rather than cancel the order, Gabriel and partner Dave Engleke promptly purchased the company.

The Big Room’s remodeling also included upgrading the monitoring system and room acoustics for 5.1 surround mixing and high-resolution audio to handle more complex production projects. Gabriel, whose works are primarily created in surround, is currently working on music for the 2006 World Cup, as well as a variety of movie scores.

As part of Real World’s massive facelift project, the facility is also updating a smaller second studio, The Production Room, with the installation of an SSL AWS900 workstation. The AWS900 was chosen to integrate with the studio’s existing workstation systems. Its compact dimensions also afford space for building a voice-over booth in the room.

A demo studio is also being constructed adjacent to the facility’s existing rehearsal studios. Studio manager Owen Leech points to the facility’s ability to handle a project from planning and pre-production through final release.

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