Studio B went through a complete redesign and transformation in 2001 by leading Canadian designers Pilchner-Schoulstal. The room was enlarged and entirely re-built into a beautiful and highly functional recording and mix room with improved acoustics and a more pleasing environment.
A 64 channel API Legacy console resides front and centre in the control room and ProTools HD10, along with a Studer 827 2" analog tape recorder and an Ampex 100 1/2" tape machine combine to meet all recording & mix requirements. The custom built mains sport two 18" woofers each, allowing for very loud and deep monitoring when required.
Outboard gear is extensive and reverb systems include an EMT plate and a Lexicon 480L and 960L. There is seating for ten in the control room, including a four seat reclining sofa and three stools at the producers desk. The recording booth is a comfortable size suitable for vocalists, overdubs and smaller ensembles. The mic collection is extensive and when combined with various outboard mic pres or those in the API console, wide tonal variations of world class quality are attainable.
There is a comfy private lounge just off the control room which features a 42" plasma tv, wired and wireless internet, a Mac computer, leather sofa, control room tie lines wired to the lounge hi-fi and a nifty coffee table that doubles as an eating table once you pull up the hinges.
Artists such as Bono, Jann Arden, Anne Murray, Nelly Furtado, Ludacris, Akon, Stars, Kardinal Offishall and Bruce Cockburn have all worked out of Studio B. And of course many Toronto musicians have spent long hours working on their projects. It's a popular room at Phase One, and it always
turns out great results.
Studio B is perfect for recording overdubs, mixing, and working on any type of music that requires loud and deep bass.
64 input API Legacy (1998) with moving fader automation, 3 API compressors, 8 mic pre-amps, 1 instrument direct input, & 2 filters.
Studer A827 2" analog 24 track, 24 channel Dolby SR (floater), Alesis ML9600 Masterlink CD recorder, Universal Audio 2192 converter, Ampex ATR102 1/2" 2 track recorder, Dolby SR two channel (modified).
ProTools 10 HD | 3 Accel System with 48
outputs + Apogee A/D 8000, SYNC I/O, Mac Pro 8-Core computer,
two LCD 19" monitors. Plug-ins include Maxim, Antares
Auto-tune, Focusrite D2 & D3, McDSP Emerald Bundle, Amp
farm, D-FI, Joe Meek, Bomb Factory, Maxim, Sans- Amp, Virus,
Waves Platinum Bundle, etc.
Spendor SA-300, Genelec 1031, Yamaha
NS10, Kranis Custom main monitors.
(3) Bryston 3B ST pro, Crown Macro-Reference,
AC Power Conditioning:
Equi=tech 10 balanced power system.
(3) Mytek Private Q systems.
(2) Pultec 1A3
(4) Geoff Daking 91579 compressors
(4) Daking 52270 mic pre/eq's
(2) Empirical Lab EL8 Distressors
(2) Urei 1176LN
Summit DCL200 dual compressor
Drawmer DL251 Spectral compressor
(2) Aphex 661 Expressors
(4) DBX 903 compressors
Urei LA-22 Dual compressor
Alan Smart stereo compressor
Crane Song STC-8 stereo compressor
GML 8200 stereo eq
(2) Shep four band two channel stereo mic-pre/eq
Drawmer DS404 quad gate
Drawmer MX50 dual de-esser
(2) Dolby A model 361
SPL Transient Designer 4
EMT 140 Plate
Klark Technique DN780
Sony WEGA XBR 32"
Control room 26'x18'
Recording floor 15'x11'