Facility Tour

 Having an accurate representation of the sound being recorded is critical to so many stages of the process.  For choosing the right mic.  The right mic position.  EQ’ing and compressing the signal correctly on it’s way into the computer.  And of course for mixing and mastering.

The Light House control room is outfitted with high end MSR ZSound™ 3D diffusors and an MSR Dimension 4™ absorbers and Abfusors™.  Mineral wood absorbers capture frequencies much lower in the spectrum than Auralex foam, which is fine for say a vocal booth but can mislead an engineer to believe a mix is muddy in the control room because Auralex absorbs lots of high frequencies but does little to absorb reflections of lower mids and bass frequencies.

Your drum performance will come to life in this carefully engineered tracking space.  Your kit (or the house kit) will be nestled in a pocket of acoustic absorbers, with the opposite side of the r

oom generously treated with wooden diffusors and an oak hardwood floor.  In this acoustically live space your drums will resonate to the acoustic energy that is reflected back to them.  The room has been “tuned” to allow just enough of this energy to interact with the drum heads without dominating the sound in the recording itself.  Mix in a tiny dash of creamy convolution reverb  to taste on each part of the kit, and you have a recording that is radio-ready.

PMI ZSound™AMI absorber panels and ZSound™ diffusers treat the acoustics of the room across a much more broad frequency range than budget acoustic treatments.

You will feel right at home in The Light House’s spacious vocal booth, with two large windows letting in light and over ninety square feet of area.  The vocal or iso booth will give your vocals a clean, dry sound free of room reflections, an acoustic
“blank slate” that can then be precisely enhanced during the mixing process to get just the sound you are looking for.

To get just the right tone from your vocal performance, our options will include the industry standard Neuman U87ai, the slightly more exotic AKG C-12VR tube mic, the Shure SM-7 (a favorite for broadcast and for softening shrill vocals), and the AEA-R84 ribbon mic for an extremely smooth natural tone.  Each of these four mics represents a distinct engineering design, and these four primary choices alone are valued at over $8000.

Your vocals will most likely be recorded through the Pendulum Audio Quartet II tube channel strip, a unit that retails for $4600 and is literally one of the finest preamp/eq/compressor units money can buy.