Colorado Sound puts new Studer Compact Remote to the test

US facility becomes world's first studio to utilise company's mobile mixing device.
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The new Studer Compact Remote Bay and Virtual Vista software was used for the first time ever during a recording session at Colorado Sound studios in the US.

The Compact Remote Bay allows access to a Studer Vista digital mixing console’s settings from anywhere in a venue. A little larger than a laptop, the unit features 12 P&G faders, 40 rotary controls and a 19-inch touchscreen running Studer’s Virtual Vista software. In addition to remote operation, the bay can be used to extend the main console’s control surface for a second operator, for monitor mixing or for other functions.

“We used the Compact Remote Bay to record a studio session band to allow Colorado Sound and HD NET and the Mobile TV Group who were also at the session to put the Compact Remote Bay through its paces,” said Rob Lewis, director of US sales for Studer. “We put the Compact Remote Bay in the recording studio’s tracking room and interfaced it with the Vista 9 console in the truck to record the piano, bass and drums session band.”

Three stereo headphone mixes, a 5.1 surround and a stereo control room mix were created, all going to the Vista 9 and the Compact Remote Bay, with a Studer Stagebox connecting the studio feed to the truck via fibre cable.

“As we were getting recording and headphone levels, we tweaked the musicians’ headphone levels with the Compact Remote Bay," Lewis continued. "Of course, everything was really being adjusted via the Vista 9 on the truck, but the Compact Remote Bay made things a lot easier since we could get immediate comments from the musicians and tweak everything right in the room without the need for talkback from the control room in the truck.

“After we tracked the band we just moved the Compact Remote Bay from the tracking room into Colorado Sound’s main control room and patched in the stereo mix. This allowed the engineers to use the bay and have a feel for the setup’s overall sound quality, dynamics, EQ and so on from the comfort of their control room using their main studio monitors. They were astounded by how we were able to do this without effort, and how easy it was to make patch changes and snapshots without missing a beat.”

Considered by many to be one of the finest facilities in the State, Colorado Sound and its remote truck have recorded artists such as Norah Jones, Eminem, Steve Miller, Dave Matthews and many more in the past.

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