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jfee

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Oct 3 16 3:01 PM

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Hey Dave,

I saw the new studio pics on facebook - it looks amazing. Congrats!

It would be sweet if you could give us a bit of a debrief on buildling the new space, and your transition to working in it.

Any suprises along the way or pretty much as expected?  I'm curious if the new room has changed any of your chain or workflow process?

Thanks!

Jay

 

Cheers, Jay Fee conductionmastering.com

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dcollins

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Oct 4 16 8:23 AM

It's fantastic! Surpassing my wildest expectations. I think the most interesting part is that it's a great tool for mastering, yet really fun to just sit back and enjoy the music - the reason we are all here in the first place.

Also, not having to second-guess anything is a bonus and there was very little readjustment needed to get used to the new presentation.

Kudos to Thomas and Northward Acoustics, and I still would say they are the _only_ people doing anything really unique (and reproducible) in room designs.

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JanP

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Oct 4 16 9:30 AM

Congrats from me too. One question that interest me the most (as I work partly for studio designer and we are designing studio furnitures too). I think you come from a standard mastering desk (Sterling A?) and now are using Northwards new desk, right? This new desk has only some rackspace in front of you and quite some additional rackspace in the sideracks. From a acoustical standpoint the idea is quite good, but ergonomical? What is your feeling of having fewer pieces of your gear in reach when sitting in the sweetspot. Is it more a disadvantage for you or even an advantage for you (not every piece of gear needs a constant amount of adjustment, sometimes a simple bypass switch is enough).
Thanks in advance.

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Oct 4 16 10:10 AM

Ergonomically it's great. I have the most-used things right in front of me. Acoustically it's as low as is practical, and I think it's the best console design out there.

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Oct 9 16 2:32 AM

Congratulations on the new room! Would love to know more about the monitoring and processing bits and pieces, especially the homemade ones. Mastering Lab-approved Triplett VU's? And what's that vintage looking thing at the bottom of the right rack? Need details!

James

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Oct 9 16 12:11 PM

jamesfei wrote:
Congratulations on the new room! Would love to know more about the monitoring and processing bits and pieces, especially the homemade ones. Mastering Lab-approved Triplett VU's? And what's that vintage looking thing at the bottom of the right rack? Need details!

James
Hi James,

The monitors are ATC-110's.  The analog(ue) signal path is as custom as I can make it.  EQ's, conversion, filters, etc., are all built to my spec.  I'm using a Maselec de-esser that is 100% stock, but most stuff has been modded in some way.  That compressor in the lower right-hand corner is a one-of-a-kind tube unit that I really like.  Full of "character" as they say on the Internets. Yes, the Triplett 350G meters are in effect for stereo, with the smaller Westons showing L+R and L-R.

I also have a new website at www.davecollinsmastering.com  I still need to update a bunch of stuff (like the discography that ends about the time wax cylinders were in vogue) but I think it looks pretty nice as these things go.  The gear list is certainly short enough.

DC

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