Boogie Hotel Studios Bearsville Studios Electric Lady Studios Sterling Sound NYC Metropolis DVD Studio Consultants, Inc. Swamp Raga Studios

AUDIO SYSTEMS DESIGN
INTEGRATION, TRAINING & SUPPORT SERVICES

The advancement of any facility requires a focused and single-minded vision; competently carried from concept, through the design process, and culminating in effective and reliable integration.
  • Providing leading edge technical solutions to the professional audio industry since 1972.
  • Specialization in providing a creative, and stimulating environment with efficient return on investment.
  • Below is a summary of the facilites where I have had the pleasure to provide design, integration and technical support.


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    With a long established reputation for their deep knowledge and generous customer support, many discerning industry professionals have come to rely on Studio Consultants on a daily basis.

    Customers include all the major broadcast networks, music recording studios, editing, mixing, mastering and film sound-for-picture facilities, independent engineers and others.

    From all discrete analog signal processing, to the 24-bit, 192kHz digital audio workstations, Studio Consultants specializes in a selection of the finest equipment available.

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    Swamp Raga Studios
    Jacksonville, FL
    2007


    Swamp Raga Control Room

    In the broadest sense, a raga is a set of rules or constraints that binds the performance of a singer or a musician in such a way that it induces a certain emotion or mood in the minds of the listeners. Although the raga is governed by certain rules, not every set of notes that follows those rules becomes a raga. Swamp Raga Window ViewThis is because the raga has to ‘induce an emotion’ and that is what makes this concept abstract and intriguing. The raga is not a scale or a tune or a mode. It is more like a framework that binds all these things together. Each raga has a name, and generally an associated time of day when it is best performed, depending on the mood it projects.
    That is the experience of Swamp Raga.


    I designed this control room in 2007, as a freelance project, for a private studio in Jacksonville, Florida. The primary desire was a room in the spirit of a vintage analog recording environment.

    The playing room is 19' x 38' with vaulted ceilings and an incredible view. The console is a Neve 8048, which came out of a studio in the UK, and was spectacularly refurbished by Fred Hill. The desk is integrated with a Studer A-80VU-24 MkIII and a 32 I/O ProTools HD system for storage and editing. The Neve provides spectacular analog front end and monitoring facilities. The main montors are plenum mounted Genelec 1037C's with new Barefoot nearfields. Construction management was handled by David Trucks, and the audio hardware integration was done by Bobby Tis. The first album recorded here, Already Free by The Derek Trucks Band, won the 2009 Grammy for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year.

    Construction Photos


    Metropolis DVD ad from surroundprofessional magazine

    Metropolis DVD, from a feature article in
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    Metropolis DVD
    Technical Director 1998-2000

    Metropolis DVD, was created as an extension of Sterling Sound, and became one of the premier DVD authoring and production environments in New York City.


    As an early adopter of the Sonic Solutions DVD Workgroup™ environment, Sony™ Video Encoding technologies and Pioneer™ DVD Media technologies, the facility was among the first successful independent DVD pre-mastering studios in the United States.

    Metropolis DVD - The original starup team with Murat Aktar of Sterling Sound

    Metropolis DVD - The original starup team
    with Murat Aktar of Sterling Sound
    Standing L-R: Justin Guip, Bob Tis, David Anthony, David Pattillo; Seated: James Moore


    Sterling Sound Studio 2 Sterling Sound Studio 2


    Sterling Engineers
    L to R: Ted Jensen, JosÈ Rodriguez, Lee Hulko,
    Bob Tis, George Marino & Tom Coyne
    The Sterling Engineering Staff


    Stuido 1 - George Marino's Mastering SuiteStuido 1 - George Marino's Mastering Suite

    Sterling Sound, NYC
    1790 Broadway
    Technical Director
    1990-1999
    Sterling Sound


    Several views of the original mastering suites combining analog disc cutting and digital CD mastering facilities at Sterling Sound, NYC circa 1997. Each studio represented a complete dual domain environment utilizing a networked Sonic Solutions™ digital audio workstation, Studer tape machines with Cello playback electronics and vintage 70-Series & 80-Series Neumann lathes.

    I had the opportunity to participate in the transformation of Sterling Sound from the premier analog mastering facility to the premier digital CD mastering facility utilizing the Sonic Solutions digital audio workstations.


    ELS B Playing RoomElectric Lady Studios ELS B Control

    Electric Lady Studios
    52 West 8th Street
    New York, NY
    Chief Technical Engineer
    1986-1989

    Electric Lady Studio A Bob Tis = Chief Engineer Electric Lady Studio B

    Electric Lady Studios, situated in New York's Greenwich Village is one of the most historical music recording facilities in the United States. I had the opportunity to be involved in the upgrade of Studio C and a complete rebuild of Studio A in 1987. With George Augspurger as the acoustic consultant and Rupert Neve as console designer, we installed the first Focusrite Recording console in the US. At various points I had the pleasure of working with Dennis Alichwer, J. Mark Tindle, Jeff McBride, Ron Meersand, Bruce Buchalter, Jamie Chaleff, Brigid Daly, Ken Steiger and Craig 'Hutch' Hutchinson.



    Bearsville Studios - St. A Playing Room

    Bearsville Studio A Playing Room - A view looking at the control room with the loft above.

    Bearsville Studios
    Bearsville Studios Business Card

    Chief Engineer
    1984-1986

    Bearsville Studios - St. B Control Room

    Two views of Bearsville Studio B. I designed, and installed the interfaces and managed this upgrade done in 1985, at the behest of Bob Clearmountain, that included an acoustical upgrade and the addition of 48-track facilities including 2 Studer A-800 24-track machines and an SSL 6000 console.

    Albert Grossman

    Bearsville Studios was built by Albert Grossman, a wise and kind man, who I consider to be one of my greatest mentors. He passed suddenly from our midst on Jan. 25th, 1986.

    Albert helped organize the first Newport Folk Festival, in 1959, and he managed the careers of many folk and rock luminaries of the 60s, including Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan. He was regarded by some as cryptic and opaque, but even his adversaries acknowleged that he was implacable in protecting his artists' integrity. Those who knew him well were those who understood his deeply intellectual sense of humor.

    Bearsville Studios - St. A Control Room


    Boogie Hotel Studios
    Port Jefferson, NY
    Chief of Maintenance
    1977-1984


    Originally conceived as a private recording studio for the band Foghat and dubbed 'The Boogie Motel' (taken from one of their album titles), the studio grew to be a live-in commercial studio in 1980, under the name Boogie Hotel.

    It was at Boogie Hotel, that my career transitioned from touring to studio maintenance. I have to give great thanks to the wisdom of Tony Outeda who saw my aptitude for the machines and allowed me to learn the skills that would contribute to my entire career.

    Located in a Victorian mansion originally built in 1751, with a large theater later added, the control room was originally equipped with a Neve 8058 console and a 3M Model 79 24-track machine. The playing room was 28 x 40 with 22 foot ceilings offering the optimum live and natural performance space. A vintage Neumann Stereo Plate Reverb and two live echo chambers were installed, and a wide selection of tube and classic recording mics and processing gear was assembled to complete the studio.

    Upstairs, the five bedrooms provided a unique and creative living space, while on the main floor, a living room, café and full catering kitchen facilities completed the turnkey production environment.

    In 1981, all the tape machines were upgraded to Studer A80s and the control room got a refit with a new speaker plenum and UREI 813 monitors.


    Neve 8058>- The Neve 8058 -
    This desk provided Foghat the foundation for state-of-the-art recording in a private studio, an unheard of concept in 1977.
    This desk is one of the world renowned models designed by Rupert Neve. Amazingly, it still survives today. It spent many years in the offices of GRP Records and now is in a private recording studio.



    Dave Peverett 1943-2000

    "Lonesome" Dave Peverett
    1943 - 2000
    Songwriter, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitarist




    Rod Price 1947-2005

    Rod Price
    1947 - 2005
    Songwriter, Slide Guitarist



    Craig MacGregor 1949-2018

    Craig MacGregor
    1949-2018
    Bass Player



    Boogie Hotel Recording Studios

    Boogie Hotel ExteriorThis unassuming Victorian, with a wrap-around porch and large theater attached to the hidden Northeast corner. It was set on Main Street in Port Jefferson, NY. and was originally The Slavic Cultural Center. it became Foghat's home, and dubbed The Boogie Motel in 1976 and was upgraded to a commercial live-in recording studio called The Boogie Hotel in 1980.



    Boogie Hotel LoungeThe Café and Dining area was a great gathering place between takes and at all hours. At the far end was the bar, a model of an old English Pub, and then there was a full catering kitchen and all the amenities beyond the swinging stained glass doors.



    Boogie Hotel Studio

    The playing room at Boogie Hotel was created by removinge entire audience area of the original theater space.

    It's 28' x 48' playing area with multi-tiered balconies on both sides offering innumerable acoustic possibilities and the stage itself was converted into two concrete and subway tile echo chambers which became a solid favorite with mix engineers.

    The popularity of live performance recording brought many producers and engineers to the studio for the amazing flexibility, state of the art gear and the opportunity to capture a single take, and pristine performance with the unique character of that room.


    Foghat Band Photo 1975-80

    Dave Peverett, Craig MacGregor, Rod Price, Roger Earl


    Foghat Logo


    Boogie Motel

    The Boogie Motel Album Cover

    The studio was informally dubbed the Boogie Motel by the band and crew early on as it was the launch and landing point for the tours. Some crew members lived in the parapet for a number of years. The second floor was a collection of rooms for each band member's gear, and what a collection it became! As the studio became more popular and commercial, the rooms were converted back to living spaces and Boogie Hotel Studios was born..



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