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New World Class Studio Opens in Houston
by Tianna Hall Published: Jul 16 2011

Studio A is composed of a visually stunning Control Room, a 600 square-foot Live Room and two large Isolation Rooms. The Live Room has 17 foot ceilings and is viewable from the control room
and the isolation rooms via 8 foot high glass walls. Studio A can also
access another Isolation Room associated with Studio B.  The Live Room
(with its Brodmann 7 foot Grand Piano and Mapex Saturn Series 6 piece drum kit)
must be seen as well as heard to be fully appreciated for its acoustic
character.  The 5.1 surround mix-capable Control Room boasts a extensive
array of analog gear as well as the latest plugins.  Marry these assets
with the incredible Euphonix S5 Fusion console and you’ve got a
world-class mix room capable of sonically-lifting any project to a new
level.

Studio B is composed of a Control Room and an Isolation Room.
This studio is principally used for mixing and mastering, but can also
be used for voice-over work as well as vocal and instrumental overdubs. 
As you review the equipment listed under the technology section, you’ll
see that the outboard gear in Studio B is essentially identical to that
of Studio A, allowing for continuity should a tracking or mixing
session move from studio to studio. The major difference in outboard
gear is the additional mastering equipment that Studio B is supplemented
with such as a Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, Weiss Engineering Digital Compressors and a Weiss Engineering Digital Equalizer.

Studio C is a video production suite primarily used for editing and production of videos.  The studio utilizes the industry-standard Final Cut Pro platform enhanced by a Euphonix Artist Series control board consisting of a Euphonix MC Control V2, MC Mix, MC Transport and MC Color modules.

INSTRUMENTS:
Grand Piano:
Wire Road Studios’ piano is a Brodmann 212, 7-foot Grand.
This hand-picked instrument produces quality tonal characteristics with
responsive action and features German design and scaling. Wire Road selected the Brodmann for its broad tonal range and responsive touch. The Brodmann produces a sweet, singing and full-bodied sustaining tone.  

The piano is available for use at no charge to our clients. Wire Road
maintains the action, regulation and voicing through a maintenance
program and has it tuned at regular intervals. The piano is maintained
in a climate-controlled environment. Nevertheless, we suggest that
clients personally inspect the piano’s state of tune no less than
24-hours prior to their session.


Drums: Our studio drum set is composed of a 6-piece Mapex Saturn Series drum kit with Zildjian K Custom cymbals. The incredibly thin composite maple and walnut shell has made the Saturn Series a favorite among professional players. With its wide tuning range and its rich, powerful bottom end, the Saturn Series performs as well in the studio as it does in the concert hall. The Saturn kit is composed of a 22×18 bass drum, 10×8 tom, 12X9 tom, 14X14 floor tom, 16×16 floor tom and a 14X5.5 snare. The Zildjian K Custom
cymbal set includes a 20” Medium Ride, 18″ Crash, 16” Crash and 14”
Hi-hats. Fresh drum heads are important to obtaining a quality drum
sound and we highly-recommend that you have us purchase the heads of
your choice and specification prior to your session for optimum studio
quality during the recording. The daily rental fee for the drum set is
$50 and the cost to re-head, if requested.  


Ultrasound Pro-100 Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

Spider Valve MKII Amp Head and Celestion Vintage 30′s Cabinet

AMENITIES:

Kitchen & Indoor Lounge: To make your stay with Wire Road Studios
comfortable, we have incorporated a modern lounge and kitchen into the
facility. The kitchen provides easy access to coffee, soft drinks and
bottled water while the lounge accommodates your relaxation time with
comfortable seating and a 52” LCD TV, DVD player and a surround sound
system. Want to listen to some music? Pop in a CD or plug in your iPod,
both controlled by the in-room Russound music system. View a virtual tour of the Kitchen & Indoor lounge.
Outdoor Lounge: When the weather is nice and you
want to relax outside, we provide you with a 450 sq. ft. covered patio
and private fenced yard. The Russound music system
extends to the patio, allowing you enjoy your music selections while
relaxing on the comfortable over-sized seating. This area also provides a
grill and dining table, all inviting you to stay awhile.

Technology

The technology selection behind Wire Road Studios’
world-class recording facility was driven by two primary goals: the
creation of high-end acoustically-pleasing recording rooms with flexible
environments as well as the highest state of versatile and
cross-platform technology available to allow clients to work seamlessly
within the technology of their choice.  Both Studio A and Studio B
are equipped with a wide array of choices for staff,  independent
engineers and producers to embrace. Interfaces include a 112-input Euphonix DSP Fusion S5 console that offers a cross-platform environ via EUCON and MADI protocols in Studio A and an Avid C24 environ in Studio B. These flexibilies are complimented with outboard analog preamps, compressors and equalizers from Manley,
Daking, Retro Instruments, DW Fearn, Universal Audio, Purple Audio,
Solid State Logic, Brent Averill, Shadow Hills Industries
and Weiss Engineering. The microphone cabinet includes some of the world’s finest names including AEA, AKG, Audix, Beyerdynamic, Blue, Bock, Brauner, Neumann, Lawson, Schoeps, Sennheiser and Shure. Monitors by Focal and ATC in both studios provide the ability to monitor the process with the utmost precision.

Microphones




Condenser / Large Diaphragm

AKG C414 B-XLII

ADK S-7

ADK S-7B

Audix SCX25A-PS Piano Kit

Chameleon Labs TS-2 (2)

Blue Bottle with all 8 capsules

Blue Bottle Mouse

Blue Bottle Dragonfly (2)

Bock 507

Brauner VMA

Lawson L251 FET

Lawson L251 Tube

Lawson L47 FET

Lawson L47 Tube

Neumann M149 (2)

Neumann U87 (2)

Neumann BCM 104

Rode K2


Condenser/Small Diaphragm

Beyerdynamic MC930 Stereo Set

Beyerdynamic Opus 67 (2)

Beyerdynamic Opus 88 (4)

Beyerdynamic Opus 53 (2)

Chameleon TS-1 (2)

Neumann KM184 (2)

Schoeps CMC641 Set – CMC 6 w/ MK1 & amp; MK4 capsules (2)


Dynamic/Moving Coil

Audio-Technica ATM-250DE

Beyerdynamic  Opus 99

Electro Voice re20

Heil Sound Heritage

Sennheiser MD421 II (2)

Sennheiser e906

Sennheiser e902

Shure Beta 52A

Shure SM57 (2)

Granelli/Shure SM57 (2)


Ribbon

AEA R840

Blue Woodpecker

SE Electronic RNR1 Rupert Neve

Shure KSM 353 Serial #4

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WIREROADSTUDIOS.COM

for inquiries call 713-636-9772

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