The curse of the ever-changing studio

Posted by Rick Burnett on December 4th, 2008 filed in General News

There comes a time … wait strike that … there comes many-a-times in a studio owners life where they must redo everything they’ve come to love hate.  I mean this in the sense of the layout of the studio.  I have honestly lost track of the number of iterations my studio has been through.  Everytime I think, this is the one Trinity.  But then again, no one makes it on the first jump.

With my constant work of learning ProTools 8 LE with the DV Toolkit 2, I’m also spending a lot of time figuring out where things are going to happen.  Meaning, if I am working on Post Production, what do I need and where do I need it.  If I am doing composition, again, what do I need and where do I need it.  Of course, this helps me understand why people have multiple studios, but that is not something I want.  I prefer to have one location that is just well thought out.  And by well thought out, well its been ten years since I started building this thing and I don’t think I have achieved well yet!

This is an interim solution as next year I am planning on building a whole new studio and theatre for Post Production work.  I’ve done the initial designs and such, but I realized, before I get there, before I commit, I can really learn a lot from the space I am in so I know where to really focus.

The last incarnation of the studio focused on composition.  I was inspired by Vince Clark and his dome of synthesizers.  I really wanted all my synths to be in front of me, like the bridge on Star Trek, and within arms reach so I could easily control anything I wanted.  While it looks awe-inspiring, functionally it’s a failure.  Most of the synths are high enough that I have to stretch too far or stand, taking me away from my prime position.  Also, since the synths are spread more horizontally in this configuration, there is a lot more spread of the wires.  If I stack them more vertically, I can fit a lot more into a tighter space.

So, given my two ultimate needs being Composition and Film Post Production, I’ve sat in my command seat and stared at all the equipment until my vision was getting blurry.  The two biggest challenges I need to address are:

(1) The surround center channel needs to be in the center.  In talking with ADAM about the A7, they told me they do not recommend it on it’s side in comparison to the two front speakers and said I should spread my monitors out further and place it in the middle.  Also, it needs to be at the same height as the front channels.

(2) I need a better way to watch the video while I am scoring.  Right now I am planning on taking the video off of the 22 inch screen I have been using and putting it on a 37″ 720p HD LCD screen.  They aren’t as pricey and I believe I can fit this in on a reticulating arm right about my LCD screens and the center channel speaker.  The real issue here is if I want to go standard DV over firewire and use a Canopus AV-110, or if I want to get a Blackmagic Decklink HD.  The later is far superior but also 4 times as expensive.

Regardless, I have my work cut out for me.  Luckily, with the script writing and time frames for production, I do have time to get all this done before the next project begins.  Also, with The Boogieman on my plate at the moment, I am using this as a good test bed for ProTools ramping up to speed.  I did some work for Corporate Assassins with ProTools already and was happy with the results.


48 Responses to “The curse of the ever-changing studio”

  1. Ron Says:

    .

    hello….

  2. shane Says:

    .

    thanks for information….

  3. cory Says:

    .

    спс!…

  4. Charles Says:

    .

    hello!!…

  5. Pedro Says:

    .

    спс!…

  6. Pedro Says:

    .

    сэнкс за инфу!…

  7. doug Says:

    .

    спс….

  8. luther Says:

    .

    thank you!!…

  9. Ronald Says:

    .

    good!…

  10. byron Says:

    .

    thanks!!…

  11. Eugene Says:

    .

    good….

  12. jesus Says:

    .

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!…

  13. jackie Says:

    .

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!…

  14. floyd Says:

    .

    áëàãîäàðþ!…

  15. edwin Says:

    .

    good info!!…

  16. Adam Says:

    .

    tnx for info!!…

  17. Mike Says:

    .

    ñïàñèáî!!…

  18. bryan Says:

    .

    tnx!!…

  19. alexander Says:

    .

    ñïñ çà èíôó!!…

  20. Dwight Says:

    .

    good!!…

  21. dave Says:

    .

    tnx for info!!…

  22. carlton Says:

    .

    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ….

  23. Kenny Says:

    .

    ñïñ!!…

  24. leslie Says:

    .

    áëàãîäàðþ!…

  25. Eric Says:

    .

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!!…

  26. Fredrick Says:

    .

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!!…

  27. Morris Says:

    .

    good!…

  28. Jeff Says:

    .

    ñïàñèáî!…

  29. roberto Says:

    .

    tnx!!…

  30. Joel Says:

    .

    ñïñ!!…

  31. Homer Says:

    .

    hello….

  32. Larry Says:

    .

    ñïàñèáî!…

  33. Julian Says:

    .

    tnx….

  34. maurice Says:

    .

    tnx….

  35. Miguel Says:

    .

    thank you!!…

  36. bernard Says:

    .

    good info!…

  37. Alejandro Says:

    .

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!…

  38. Floyd Says:

    .

    ñïñ….

  39. Jordan Says:

    .

    ñïñ!!…

  40. Gene Says:

    .

    ñïñ çà èíôó….

  41. Cecil Says:

    .

    thanks!…

  42. Christian Says:

    .

    good!…

  43. Lynn Says:

    .

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!!…

  44. Jose Says:

    .

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!!…

  45. ian Says:

    .

    ñïñ çà èíôó!!…

  46. Ben Says:

    .

    ñýíêñ çà èíôó….

  47. angel Says:

    .

    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó….

  48. Patrick Says:

    .

    áëàãîäàðþ!…

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.