Santa Barbara, CA — December 1, 2010 — Santa Barbara Sound Design, a music
recording and post production studio that was established in the mid-1970s,
has replaced a digital worksurface in Studio A with a 32-input Rupert Neve
Designs 5088 analog mixing console. The console, which has recently been
fitted with Martinsound Flying Faders automation, is used in combination
with the studio’s very large collection of custom rack-mounted vintage Neve
preamp and EQ modules.
Studio owner Dominic Camardella, noting that the facility has housed a
vintage Neve console for a majority of its years of operation, says of the
5088 desk, "The board is wonderful. It’s modern sounding and yet looks back
to the vintage past without any of the flaws that the vintage consoles had.
The vintage consoles tended to be noisier; the noise floor on the new Neve
is just impeccable. The vintage consoles, although they had enormous
headroom, would dull over on the top end and you’d lose low-level signals.
They would get puffy and thick around the waist. None of those issues are
present in this Neve 5088 console."
During a studio renovation in 2004 Camardella was unable to find a suitable
contemporary replacement for an aging classic Neve console that had become
very costly to maintain, and instead opted for a digital worksurface. Five
years later, when it came time to renovate again, he was pleased to discover
the 5088 and arranged for an in-studio evaluation. "It was immediately an
eye opener, sonically. We just moved two cables over to the center section
of the 5088 and monitored Pro Tools and, with a number of people that I
trust in the room, everybody’s jaws dropped," he reports.
Having since had a chance to use the 5088 on a wide variety of projects,
Camardella, who is also an adjunct professor in the Music Department at
Santa Barbara City College, says, "What’s really refreshing is how sonically
diverse it can present. It’s a little SSL-like at times, and a little
vintage Neve-like at times, and never to the detriment of the sound."
One of the first projects to use the studio’s new 5088 was Robert Cray’s
Grammy-nominated album, "This Time," which was recorded by the late Don
Smith, a renowned engineer who worked with the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, U2
and Bob Dylan, among many others. "He used it for much of his drum and
guitar grouping," recalls Camardella.
Subsequent projects using the 5088 have included tracking sessions for eight
new Rascal Flatts songs; blues guitarist Stu Heydon’s "3rd Degree" album;
Lawson Rollins’ "Espirito" album; mix sessions for MTV darlings Loomis and
the Lust; and overdubs with the Jackson family for an A&E special that aired
earlier this year.
"Being in Santa Barbara I’m blessed with a number of actors and authors
living nearby. So a significant portion of our business is audio books and
dialog replacement for film and television. Nature film documentary work is
one of my specialties," says Camardella, who performed all of the sound
design and mixing for "Superfish," an award-winning documentary that aired
as part of the "Nature" series on PBS and on television around the world.
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About Rupert Neve Designs:
Founded by Rupert and Evelyn Neve, Rupert Neve Designs is built on passion,
experience and a desire to create products embodying the highest musical
quality. In continuing his legacy as a pioneer in audio circuit design, Mr.
Rupert Neve is currently focusing his talents on creating innovative
solutions to the issues facing the modern recording engineer. For further
information on Rupert Neve Designs please visit: www.rupertneve.com