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Welcome to South of Town Music & Mix

June 29th, 2017

South of Town Music & Mix is a professional project studio in suburban Nashville. The studio is designed around Pro Tools HD and blended with outboard equipment from Universal Audio, Solid State Logic, Focal and others, all organized around an Argosy desk. The studio combines the best of DAW centric software with the analogue mix bus of an SSL Sigma and SSL Nucleus2 DAW control.

 

Inspired by the acoustic principles of minimizing early reflections of near field monitoring, South of Town Music and Mix owner Robert Wood selected the Argosy Eclipse Gen2 Universal Workstation and Eclipse ER10 Rack as the centerpiece for his small format, hybrid studio design.

ARGOSY Eclipse Universal

How the Argosy Eclipse has made a difference

 I wanted to organize and optimize my studio for the best mixing environment possible within the given space. I selected the Eclipse Universal workstation because I required a low profile desk with a minimal acoustic footprint, sufficient rack mounting depth, and proper rack angles for visual and tactile workflow.   The Eclipse Rail system allows me to re-position my iMac display further back and between the near field monitors during periods of critical mixing or listening. This greatly expanded the mixing sound field and eliminated early reflections. I also found a physical workflow advantage by optimizing mixing gear in the left rack and recording gear in the right. The addition of an ER10 “side car” gave me flexibility in cabling and rack space for growth. Everything is functional, sturdy, and beautiful.  This desk met my need for a minimally acoustic footprint while providing the physical workflow and aesthetic that any professional studio should display.

South of Town Music and Mix located in suburban Nashville

Jeremy Cays Productions

June 20th, 2017

Jeremy Cays Productions offers the highest quality recording on the Peninsula at surprisingly affordable rates. With years of experience both as a recording artist and an engineer/producer, Jeremy can help you through every part of your recording project, whether you’re new to recording or a seasoned professional – you get the best of both worlds: a skilled engineer with an ear for detail, and a gifted producer/arranger to help your music reach its fullest potential. 

ARGOSY G-Series Universal Console at the heart of Jeremy Cays Production.

They record at 96KHz, using the Universal Audio Apollo and 4-710d Four-Channel Preamp…..which means every detail of your performance is captured.  Also, with perfect emulations of some of the most iconic analog hardware – such as the Teletronix LA-2A, Fairchild Tube Limiter, and the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder – your mixes will rise above the rest!

email info@ArgosyConsole.com for details on how to transform your space with specialty furniture consoles / workstations.

Yellow Hammer Nails It With Carl Tatz Design MixRoom™

August 7th, 2014

Nashville, TN: “Every once in a while we have the opportunity to bump up our game to a new level as experience and technology allows us to. This has been the case with Justin Ray Miller and his Apella Music’s new Yellow Hammer studio,” stated TEC Award-Winning studio designer Carl Tatz. “And now these new performance advantages will trickle down across the board to all our future projects.”

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Yellow Hammer is a comprehensive custom Carl Tatz Design (CTD) studio built from the ground up for film and game-scoring composer/recording engineer Justin Ray Miller on the property of his East Nashville home. Opened in 2014, the studio encompasses a CTD MixRoom™, piano booth, restroom, computer closet and entry foyer. It features the acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System™ (PFS™) driving a Dynaudio Professional M1 monitor/Bryston 4B Pro SST Squared amplification combo that showcases the new Sound Anchor PhantomFocus™ Stand and a new custom application of the Carl Tatz Design Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex – highlighted by the new Axial Mode Absorber Wall™ (AMAW)™ and the MixRoom Acoustic Lens™system. The tracking room ceiling features the new Parabolic Acoustic Room Expander (PARE)™. And the MixRoom also features a new custom Carl Tatz Edition™ Dual 15-KL800 workstation by Argosy Console.

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“I’ve been an audiophile for over a decade, but when I first heard Carl’s PhantomFocus System, I instantly knew that I never truly heard low end until that moment. Being able to hear a full frequency response accurately down to 20 Hz has allowed me to create fuller mixes and appreciate other producers work like never before,” states Miller. He goes on to explain, “The stereo imaging of the PhantomFocus System paired with the very powerful Dynaudio Professional M1 monitors and Bryston amplification is the most three-dimensional stereo playback out there. I saw a client recently trying to reach out and touch the sounds coming from the speakers as he listened to the mix we had just completed!”

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Poorly-placed video screens can be problematic for optimum audio imaging and that’s why we spec large wall-mounted LCD screens for computer displays. However, in Justin’s case, being a film composer and needing multiple screens, we had to come up with a solution to allow for a total of three screens and not compromise the PFS performance. We were able to take Justin’s idea of how he wanted his Doepfer LMK2+ MIDI keyboard controller positioned in the desk and applied a deep-mount screen application for two video monitors with the help of Argosy Console CEO David Atkins and his design team. So successful was this collaboration that Argosy is now offering a new line of workstations inspired by it under the Carl Tatz Edition™ moniker.

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Miller adds, “From the incredible MixRoom to the unique tracking room design, to the best desk a composer could hope to work at, Carl had an eye and ear for what I wanted to accomplish and helped me achieve that within the budget we planned. He’s a great guy to direct a studio construction project.  He always thinks one step ahead and his experience will let you trust him on making the best decisions for your studio.”

For more information about Carl Tatz Design LLC and the PhantomFocus™ System, please contact Carl Tatz Design LLC, 6666 Brookmont Terrace, Suite #1109, Nashville, TN 37205 Office: 615.354.6242, Direct: 615.400.5479  Email: carl@carltatzdesign.com  Web: www.carltatzdesign.com
About ARGOSY

ARGOSY is the leading designer and manufacturer of high-end technical furniture for leading recording control rooms, post-production houses, film facilities and high tech venues worldwide. The company prides itself on responding to clients’ individual application-specific needs using a variety of custom materials and unique finishes, with careful attention to aesthetic design and ergonomic details. Since 1994, Argosy products have been installed at thousands of award-winning facilities in countries worldwide.

www.argosyconsole.com

Work… Like a Rockstar

ARGOSY® and Dream Studio® are registered trademarks of Argosy Console, Inc.

Sing Mastering

April 11th, 2013

Atlanta, GA
Colin Leonard, owner and chief mastering engineer, has outfitted his world class SING Mastering facility in downtown Atlanta with an Argosy Console, Inc. GV22 Universal Workstation configured with three 9RU 19-inch racks bays. Leonard includes Leona Lewis, Kimbra, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Justin Bieber, Wale, Cash Out, Paulina Rubio and Waka Flocka on his list of recently completed mastering projects.

Leonard, who served as Governor of the Board of Directors of NARAS—the organization behind the GRAMMY®s—between 2008 and 2010, ordered his desk with three 19-inch racks bays, allowing him to locate all of his mastering equipment conveniently within arm’s reach. “It’s got plenty of room for all my gear. And it’s great for mastering, because I could put my Dangerous Music monitor control equipment right in the middle. I also installed the optional racks in the back. It’s nice how Argosy provides metal grill covers to hide all of that—I have my power and a couple of secret pieces of equipment back there,” he says.

He adds, “I really like the Argosy desk; I just like the layout and the simplicity of it. I also think the build quality is really good in comparison to other desks that I’ve used. That’s what I like about it the most. I’ve been using it for almost six months now, and it’s really solid.”

The Argosy desk rack bays house a collection of analog mastering tools, including the Dangerous Music Bax EQ, SPL Passeq, Langevin Mini Massive and a customized Pendulum Audio OCL-2 electro-optical compressor/limiter. “I have a bunch of different converters,” he adds, including a Fred Forssell Technologies MADA-2. The desk also houses separate playback and record systems, the monitor screens for which he has custom mounted on either side of the desk.

Leonard has developed a patent-pending mastering technology: “It’s called SING technology—it’s a combination digital and analog process for making music as loud as commercial releases are now without using a digital limiter to get it that way. So it retains a lot more of the dynamic content of the mix than with a look-ahead digital limiter or analog compressor.”

He is also appreciative of the Argosy desk’s design, which works well with his monitor system, a pair of Tyler Acoustics Decade series D1 mains plus a pair of subwoofers, powered by Pass Labs amplifiers. “I like that the desk doesn’t go all the way down to the floor. I have a couple of servo drive subs up in the front and I don’t like it when the desk blocks all the airflow.”

SING Mastering is located within English Avenue Yards, a former industrial building that now houses a variety of small businesses. “The reason why I chose this building is the location—I’m right in downtown Atlanta—but also because of the ceiling height: it’s over 16 feet tall. That’s hard to find, and it really helps with the sound.” The room’s dimensions were constructed based on research by acoustician M. M. Louden in the early 1970s: “It’s the gold standard for mastering. This is an optimized version of his best sounding ratio. The room is well over 30 feet deep, and pretty flat down to 20 Hz—you can really hear everything.”

Leonard concludes, “It’s a nice comfortable place for people to come to a mastering session. I’m trying to differentiate myself from the online studios. Even though I get a lot of work from all over the world I have branded myself in a way that people realize they can come in, and they do. Probably 40 to 50 percent of clients do attend sessions. It’s really nice because then you get to sit with the client and get the vibe of the music.”

About ARGOSY

ARGOSY is the leading designer and manufacturer of high-end technical furniture for world-class recording control rooms, post-production houses, film facilities and high tech venues worldwide. The company prides itself on responding to clients’ individual application-specific needs using a variety of custom materials and unique finishes, with careful attention to aesthetic design and ergonomic details. Since 1994, Argosy products have been installed at thousands of award-winning facilities in countries worldwide.

Build your own Dream Studio by visiting www.argosyconsole.com

ARGOSY® and Dream Studio® are registered trademarks of Argosy Console, Inc.

Right @ Home . . .

July 20th, 2010

Paul McCluskey sent a great picture set of his home project studio “Meerdog”.

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Hi Nancy,

The console and rack unit are now installed and all the gear is up and

running – and with hardly a cable in sight, which is just great.

The whole set-up is simply a joy to use now – thanks again for all your help.

Best regards,
Paul McCluskey

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Featured: The ARGOSY 90 Series for Tascam DM-4800 with Argosy Rack-n-Roll.

For more about ARGOSY, please visit: http://www.ArgosyConsole.com.  Telephone: 800.315.0878 | Internationally: 573.557.3150

Come visit Soapbox Studios . . .

August 28th, 2009

Since it’s start in 1998 with three audio post suites, Soapbox has evolved into a multi-service creative company with four primary areas of expertise: Post Production, Music, Design, and Production.

Spanning over four separate facilities and two continents, housing over two dozen studios, an award winning staff, and the best gear the industry has to offer, no wonder clients from such diverse areas as: CNN, BBC, Discovery Channel, all the way to ESPN, TBS, TNT, Coca Cola, Cartoon Network, and so many others, have all counted on the services of Soapbox Studios.

Argosy Dual 15 Workstation @ Soapbox Studios

Argosy Dual 15 Workstation @ Soapbox Studios

With musical credits that read like a who’s who of the record industry, Soapbox Studios is among the country’s most sought after music recording and mix studios, providing services for top music clients Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Missy Elliott, Usher, Rihanna and Leona Lewis to name a few.  The Soapbox Music team consists of Grammy award winning producers, mixers, and engineers who can be found across our two state-of-the-art buildings in Atlanta.

Soapbox Studios’ high-end video and audio suites are equipped with the latest technology for editing, compositing, voiceover recording, and sound design. Additionally, the five music-recording studios yield spaces for live recording and writing. Clients are made to feel at home, so they always have access to runners, high-speed wireless Internet, lunch, snacks, and beverages to enjoy at their disposal.

Soapbox Studios featuring ARGOSY Mirage for Digidesign D-Command

Soapbox Studios featuring ARGOSY Mirage for Digidesign D-Command

“I just LOVE my ICON and when it came time to choose a desk for our D-Commands, the Mirage was the obvious choice with it’s more forward “active ” mix position that is critical when sweetening and mixing everything from 15-22 minute cartoons to hour long BBC documentaries.   We also bought the speaker stands that bolt to the back and it puts them at the perfect level for our 5.1 Genelec system.  When you are at a console for 9-10 hours a day, the right studio furniture makes all the difference – it has to look good for the clients and be functional for the editors.  The ARGOSY Mirage puts the D-Command in just the right position to be comfortable for those extended mixing days. The Mirage “feels” like it’s just an extension of the console since it is so integrated into the D-Command design.”

– JC Richardson, Soapbox Studios’ Senior Audio Engineer.
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To learn more about Soapbox Studios visit their website here:
http://www.SoapboxStudios.com

Noah Studios

August 25th, 2009

“I wanted to replace my old, big console by a small, modern one without losing that fantastic studio atmosphere produced by big consoles.  Argosy had the perfect solution for my new setup and my studio looks great now!”

– Jens Bernewitz; Noah Studios
Hanover, Germany.

Thank you Jens – appreciate your kind comments – So glad your studio now has the look / feel you desired, and we’re happy to be a part of it!

Soundwaves Academy

July 14th, 2009

Note from a client:

My name is Bob Vetter and I am the President of Sound Waves Academy.  We have constructed a 4800 s.f.  music academy that has a 2000 s.f. live room complete with control room where your beautiful board is sitting fully equipped and looks great.  Four large rehearsal rooms,  two lesson rooms and an outdoor yard for larger venues that can hold up to 600 to 1000 people – that should give you a good idea of what we have put together.

The purpose of the facility is to show younger kids ages 7 to 20 that there is a place for them to go and record and learn from our engineers and enjoy what we have put together for them.  They will be hands on in every aspect from on stage to the control room creating their own music. We are also equipped for music video and a variety of different programs.  Regarding your service; the delivery and the packaging was excellent and the service was top notch, everything went smooth.

Thank you,
Bob Vetter

Sound Waves Academy
1055 Commerce Ave.
Union, NJ

The Ultimate Garage Studio

July 10th, 2009

NEW YORK: Behind the garage doors of hit producer/composer Robert Clivillés’ elegant home are not the Bentley or Maserati one might expect, but an equally  impressive level of technical excellence.  Internationally acclaimed for his C+C Music Factory #1 smash “Gonna Make You Sweat,” and hits for artists ranging from Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam to Mariah Carey and New Kids on the Block, Clivillés has totally refocused his production and distribution approach.  Shifting from his original 5,000 sq. ft. Fifth Ave. NYC studio to pastoral upstate NY, he is free to record, produce, mix and distribute his music as the ultimate independent.

“The fundamental structure of the music industry changed radically in the past few years,” Clivillés says.  “Recording and acoustic technology is vastly improved. The emergence of small, self-contained studios and the move to extremely fast and lucrative iTunes distribution by independent artists, coincided with my desire to spend as much time as possible with my wife and kids.

Pictured: Custom ARGOSY Mirage for D-Command and Spire Rack 'n Roll

Pictured: Custom ARGOSY Mirage for D-Command and Spire Rack 'n Roll. (Photo by Robert Wolsch)

“I was very impressed by Integrated Studios in TriBeCa, and when I decided to build a pro studio I called the team responsible for that showplace.  Dave Malekpour of Professional Audio Design (www.proaudiodesign.com) provided invaluable advice on equipment selection and integration.  John Storyk’s Walters-Storyk Design Group (www.wsdg.com) has the best credentials in the business. Dave and John assured me that the studio could be built quickly and economically.”

The 500 sq. ft., two-car garage provided ample room for a spacious mixing desk. The studio features a DigiDesign ICON D console with 24 channels fitted to a Pro Tools HD3 Accel Core System; Apogee converters; custom Augspurger 1×15 Main Monitors and Yamaha NS-10 nearfield speakers on motorized stands, all controlled by a DOLBY Lake Contour DSP Management system.

PAD developed an effective outboard equipment package including high end preamps, channel strips and compressors wired to an API 8200 8 x 2 analog Summing Mixer. Positioned under the desk when not in use, this streamlined rack easily rolls out to provide Clivillés with a powerful collection of gear. The 75 sq. ft. vocal booth is large enough to accommodate a full-up drum kit. Storyk included two windows to provide the studio with ample streams of sunlight (or starlight).  To preserve the symmetry of the room, he split the equipment into a pair of 6 ft. racks, positioning them in individual soundproof machine rooms to the left and right of the vocal booth.

“The Paradise Garage is a textbook example of our collaborative efforts with WSDG,” PAD’s Malekpour said.  “Working within a fixed budget we were able to assemble an extensive package of gear which equips Robert with an extraordinary range of technical options and assures him of the warm analog sound that distinguishes his work. The custom speaker cabinets feature eight coats of Ferrari-red high gloss paint, and are powered by 14B SST Pro amplifiers for the mids, Crown 5000VZ for the lows and

Chord Electronics SPA 1032 for the highs.  Not exactly what you’d expect to find in the garage of a house like this!

“By working simultaneously on the studio’s technical and physical design, PAD and WSDG developed an extremely comfortable facility that represents the future of recording: Small, powerful, artist-owned and extremely flexible,” Malekpour adds.

“Paradise Garage is a showcase for innovative new acoustic treatments,” points out John Storyk.  “A pair of ultra-thin perforated membrane Clearsorber™ panels from RPG are positioned between the rear of the speakers and the rack room doors, creating an absorptive boundary to reduce SBIR (speaker boundary interference effect).   Practically invisible, they lend the room a warm, natural-sounding accuracy.  By complementing them with Topakustik™ tuned wood, fabric side wall absorbers and a mid-high frequency wooden diffusion rear wall diffuser, we’ve created a handsome and extremely tunable space.  A cut-slab floating floor in the recording room enabled us to deliver NCR 15 levels in the vocal booth and NC20 – 22 in the control room.  Fortunately the garage had a typical concrete base floor which was extremely helpful to insuring full isolation when Robert decided to add subwoofers.”

WSDG Project Sr. Manager Romina Larregina reveals that the primary design challenge was developing a spacious environment within the limited sq. footage. “Robert Clivillés works with a large creative group, and they all needed elbow room,” she explains.  “Argosy Console’s custom mill workers did a terrific job of fabricating a desk capable of accommodating the ICON Console and as many as six (or more) artists, engineers, and other team members. The fact that this room looks and feels much larger than it actually is confirms our design success. It’s also noteworthy from a time frame perspective.  From initial drawings through final construction supervised by Joe Guiseppi of My Contractor Inc., the studio was up and running in just five months.”

”The Paradise Garage Studio signals the next chapter in my personal life as well as my career,” Clivillés concludes.  “I’m able to work as late and as loud as necessary.  I don’t have to worry about the ticking clock and, thanks to WSDG’s acoustic expertise, we’re completely isolated from inside and outside sound leaks.  Neither my wife and kids or the neighbors have a clue about our dB levels when we crank up the speakers.”

More about Walters-Storyk Design Group here.

Customer comments . . .

May 21st, 2009
Hi Nancy,

Thanks for you care. The packages arrived in perfect condition,  I had everything set up in short amount of time as I already own your DXB suited console and am familiar with the assembly.

I am looking forward to make more purchases with you when I expand my studio and equipment and need additonal studio furniture. Thanks again!

– Tibor