SoundChief Mixing Studios

Producer & engineer Drue Armstrong’s Sound Chief Studios are located in Alpharetta, Georgia, just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta.

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Drue’s hybrid production style is achieved through the combination of modern & vintage analog hardware, including an SSL 4K 48 channel summing desk feed by a Pro Tools HD Native system. Color on the way in and clarity on the way out by Burl Audio ensures the best possible AD/DA integration of analog and digital sources.

Services:

  • Mixing
  • Production
  • Re-amping

Visit SoundChief Mixing Studios online at: http://soundchiefstudio.com

The studio features an ARGOSY G-Series for SSL Nucleus and an ARGOSY Spire 9143 rack enclosure with Spire dolly.

Find the ARGOSY technical furniture solutions you need to build your Dream Studio online at: http://www.ArgosyConsole.com

 

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Producer/Arranger/Musician Neil Giraldo Adds Argosy to his Malibu Home Studio

ARGOSY Holds His Collection of Vintage Gear

 

 

Malibu, CA (Nov 6, 2013)
Producer, arranger, songwriter and musician Neil Giraldo is most comfortable in his private production studio in the hills of Malibu, CA. The writing, recording and mixing facililty is located in a two-story barn on the ground s of the estate Giraldo shares with his wife, Pat Benatar, and family.

Giraldo, who has lived in various homes in Malibu over the past couple of decades, has always maintained a home studio. “I’ve had a studio at the house probably for the last 33 years. The new one’s kind of cool because it’s in a barn, and is about 25 by 25 feet. It’s got two stories to it; I use the upper part for administration and songwriting—and I’m working on a couple of books—and then downstairs is where all the gear is and where songs become recordings.”

“When we started to get successful and I finally had the money to be able to buy guitars, instead of buying more guitars I bought studio gear,” Neil recalls. “So in the early days I was buying Pultecs and Fairchilds and EMT 250′s. I was buying all this studio gear, because I felt like the studio was my home, and I felt really comfortable in it, and I wanted to have really good analog gear.” Although Giraldo began his professional career in 1978 playing guitar and piano with Rick Derringer, arranged and played all of the guitars on Rick Springfield’s 1981 #1 hit, “Jessie’s Girl,” and has performed on multiple instruments on every one of Benatar’s records, he considers himself a producer and arranger first and foremost.

“Now I have loaded my ARGOSY Dual 15 Workstation with a collection of contemporary and vintage recording equipment. I have a Manley Mic/EQ 500, a couple Pultecs, an SSL stereo compressor, a Neve stereo compressor and a Dangerous Audio 2-Bus. I’ve got an 1176 floating around in there, and I’ve got a patchbay,” Giraldo says. “I’ve also got a couple of the Argosy rolling rack units, which I’ve filled up with GML EQ and a bunch of other stuff,” he adds. I have a Neve sidecar and all this vintage gear too.”

Producer/Arranger/Musician Neil Giraldo's Malibu Home Studio

All of his essential studio equipment was previously on a large wooden table, he reports. “But it took up so much room in the studio, and every time I’d have people come in they’d say, ‘Why don’t you just get studio furniture and make it easier?’ I liked having a table but it didn’t feel like a studio. I engineer and I play these instruments, and I like to have everything around me like a cockpit, a really good environment. I saw the Argosy stuff and thought I’d better try it—and it worked out!”

Barry Rudolph, a producer, engineer and industry trade publication journalist, recommended the Argosy furniture, Giraldo recalls. “Barry, who’s a really good friend of mine, I’ve known him forever, mentioned it first. I thought, yeah, I probably should have that, because it gets a little difficult when you don’t have everything where it should be.”

Giraldo is currently working on an album with songwriting partner Scott Kempner of the Del Lords and The Dictators. “I’ve wanted to do a Christmas record forever. It’s more about what happens in people’s lives towards the end of the year, where things are going to end, and things are going to start new, a fresh new year,” he reveals. “Then, Patricia and I are working on some stuff together. It’ll be pretty adventurous, taking a lot of risks, and I think it’s going to be fun.”

Since the 1979 debut album, “In the Heat of the Night,” Benatar, with Giraldo as producer, arranger, guitarist, keyboardist and even drummer, has racked up 14 Top 40 singles, two Multi-Platinum, five Platinum and three Gold RIAA-certified albums, together with four Grammy Awards. Together they tour more than 100 days a year, with more shows to come in November. But the new record project looks forward, not back, says Giraldo. “I’m not about that nostalgia thing. I love the fact that people still want to hear the songs, and I’m proud of what I did in the past, but I look forward. I looked forward back then—I was never in that moment of time. I always want to be somewhere else.”

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.

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Sing Mastering

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.

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Sounds Devine!

Devine Sound Studios 2013

Specialties: Music composition, sonic mnemonics, UI interface sounds, sample library content, audio/SFX content for film, television, gaming, audio hardware/software (iOS/Android/Nook), and interactive web-based environments.
Richard Devine, artist and sound designer based from Atlanta, Georgia has done film score work for Touchstone Pictures (with John Hues & Kyle Cooper). He has also collaborated with BT (Brian Transeau on movie “Surveillance” Directed by Adam Rifkin, Wieden & Kennedy, AKQA Inc., and has done sound mangling/programming for Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, composed and designed commercials for the Nike Shoe Company and worked with various companies doing sound design for Apple Computers, Audi, BMW, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Scion, Coke, LandRover, Lexus, Peugeot, Dodge, HBO, Nestle, Nike Japan, McDonald’s, Sprite, Sony, Spike Television network and XBOX (Halo2 and 3 for Microsoft International Websites. He has also worked with Konami gaming division for the Dance-Dance Revolution game.

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“The ARGOSY is the center piece of the studio.  Everything runs into the desk and is situated so that all the most essential controls are always at my fingertips.  I wanted a clean, organized mixing space for clients to review and edit work.  Argosy’s furniture designs are not only beautiful but extremely ergonomic and functional.  This is my second desk I have purchased from them and I will be buying many more in the future!”

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Richard Devine Music and Sound Design:
https://vimeo.com/channels/richarddevinesounddesign

 

 

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Argosy Honored With Tec Award Nomination for Outstanding Technical Achievement

AURA Sit-Stand Workstation Line Recognized for Innovation


Eldon, MO (Sept 20, 2012)–Argosy Console, Inc. is proud to announce that it has received a 2013 TEC Award nomination for outstanding technical achievement in product design innovation and production for its AURA Sit-Stand Workstation Line.
Nominated in the TEC Award category of Ancillary Equipment, the AURA Sit-Stand Workstation Line offers engineers the ability with a push of a button to instantly and seamlessly raise or lower their workstation from 27” to 42” height in matter of seconds – allowing them to alternatively sit and stand without disrupting their workflow. The AURA’s electric lifting columns ensure complete stability of the workstation at any height, and offer nearly noiseless operation.

“The AURA Sit-Stand workstation line represents our commitment to continually providing innovations in aesthetic design and performance standards,” says David Atkins, Argosy Console CEO and Design Director. “Argosy is honored to be recognized this year and congratulates all of this year’s TEC award nominees.”

 

ARGOSY Aura SIt-Stand Workstation

The AURA Sit-Stand line is available in a larger studio-size (520) as well as personal-size (260), both available in multiple configurations, offering flexible and personal options for the way that individual engineers work. All models feature under-mount racks on the left and right. For your upper work area, choose from a spacious wrap-around desk surface, or add upward facing racks on the left and/or right wing of the desk. All the AURA Sit-Stand models provide internal cabling accommodations and pass-through for computers and multi-screen monitoring needs and feature attention to detail including a padded armrest, sliding accessory drawers, and perforated steel cover panels.  By incorporating other optional accessories, such as articulating monitor arms for multi-display functionality, speaker platforms, and blank panels Argosy’s AURA offers engineers the ability to simply and easily transform the most common workspace into a Dream Studio®.

The TEC Award nominations, based on entries by manufacturers, were made by a select panel of over 160 professionals from a wide variety of audio specialties. Voting for the TEC Awards will take place among members of various industry professional organizations, including the Producers & Engineers® Wing of The Recording Academy®, Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS), Motion Picture Sound Editors, Music Producers Guild, NAMM, Game Audio Network Guild, as well as the professional subscribers to a number of leading audio industry publications.

About the TEC Awards/TEC Foundation
The 28th Annual TEC Awards will be held during the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Co-presented by the TEC Foundation and NAMM, the TEC Awards is the award show for the professional audio industry which honors achievement in product design innovation and sound production The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. For more information visit www.tecfoundation.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.

Build your own dream studio by visiting www.argosyconsole.com

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

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Welcome to NewMastering – Milano, Italy

Studio

ARGOSY G-Series @ NewMastering

Since 1990, Newmastering Studio is specialized in CD and VINYL Audio Mastering working with Independent Musicians, Producers, Labels and Music magazines. Our Mission is the respect of music, getting the best results using top analog and digital technologies in a pleasant environment.

ARGOSY G-Series at NewMastering

Find out more about NewMastering Studio by clicking here: http://www.newmastering.com

NEWMASTERING High-End Audio Mastering
Via Dei Benedettini, 16 – 20146 Milano, Italy
Tel. (+39)022871392
Fax: (+39)022871392
Mobile: (+39)3339182089
Skype: newmastering
Mastering Engineer: Maurizio Giannotti

Argosy G-Series

 

 

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.

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

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

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Roy Hendrickson

Roy, at his NYC based studio, has mixed and recorded with many artists over the last 25 years including; Paul McCartney, James McCartney, Wilco / Feist, Ingrid Michaelson, The Rubens, Sean Lennon, Jupiter One, Mary J Blige, Frank Sinatra, Push Play, Blondie, Roberta Flack, POD, Carly Simon, Kirk Whalum, Jennifer Knapp, Nicole C. Mullen, Cheap Trick, Teddy Thompson, Renee Fleming, La India, Prince Royce, Ben E.King and many more.

Roy Hendrickson

Roy Hendrickson at his studio

Creatively working in the digital and analog domains; Argosy brings it all together acting as the centerpiece for both rooms of his Dream Studio.

Find out more about Roy Hendrickson by visiting his website here: http://royhendrickson.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.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dallas Audio Post adds ARGOSY to the Mix

Established in 1994, Dallas Audio Post is a 10,000 square-foot facility located on the North side of Dallas near 635 and the Tollway.

The team brings decades of experience in field recording, music scoring, voice recording, editing, sound design, and film mixing.

With an extensive network of voice actors, talent agents and musicians available to work on your projects, the longstanding relationships with top quality professionals are always an asset to clients and their projects.

ARGOSY Mirage at Dallas Audio Post | Photo Courtesy of Dallas Audio Post (www.dallasaudiopost.com)

 

Dallas Audio Post has made a heavy investment in technology that facilitates collaboration both internally and with other facilities. A world-class facility, fiber channel network, and enterprise class data management allows them to live up to the scope and pace of your project.  All of this adds up to exceptional flexibility, quality and data security.

For more information about Dallas Audio Post, please visit their website here: http://www.DallasAudioPost.com.

About ARGOSY:

Argosy engages in the research, design, manufacture, and sales of technical furniture products in the U.S. and internationally.  The company provides a service of fulfilling customers’ needs for application specific design.  Argosy offers its products through two primary channels, including independent Value Added Resellers / System Designers, and Factory Direct to end-users and governmental units.   Argosy was founded in 1994.  The company is headquartered in Eldon, Missouri. Find out more about ARGOSY by visiting http://www.ArgosyConsole.com.

 

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Meet MIG…

MIG stands for Multi Image Group – and they are multi-talented indeed.

The company provides corporate clients with all the talents and resources necessary to create ‘the ultimate’ communications event and strategy for it’s brand.  Pictured is the ARGOSY Aura.520 Workstation for their in-house production studio.

ARGOSY Aura.520 Workstation @ MIG

To learn more about M.I.G. please visit their website by clicking here.

Argosy Console specializes in the design and manufacture of technical furniture solutions for a variety of industries.  To learn more about ARGOSY and the Aura.520 workstation, please visit ARGOSY website by clicking here.

 

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Featured Audio Designer: Rob Bridgett

ARGOSY 90 V-Series @ Radical Entertainment

Rob Bridgett is senior audio director at Radical Entertainment in Vancouver, BC (shown in the pictures). In 1993 he attended Derby University to study cinema and media, after which he was one of the first to graduate from the ‘Sound Design for the Moving Image’ Master’s degree programme at Bournemouth University in 1999.

Radical Entertainment chose ARGOSY as the centerpiece for the only dedicated internal developer 7.1 THX PM3 Mix stage in North America.

Throughout his career, Bridgett has become a committed writer, speaker and evangelist for the promotion of sound in video games, with publications in a wide variety of journals, books and magazines. A strong advocate of cinematic production techniques, in 2006 he worked closely with Randy Thom pioneering the post-production sound design and mix for Vivendi’s Scarface video game at Skywalker Ranch. He has just finished audio direction & mix work on the highly anticipated Prototype 2 video game for Activision.  Rob is an advisory board member for the Game Audio Network Guild and co-chair of the IESD.

For more information about Rob Bridgett and Radical Entertainment please click to visit their website.

To receive details about the ARGOSY 90 V-Series and other models of technical / studio furniture solutions, please visit the ARGOSY website here.

 

 

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