SPARS member Ardent Studios Debuts Revived Studio C

Ardent Studio C

In the the new Studio C control room are (L-R) chief technical engineer Chris Jackson, founder John Fry, and studio manager/Big Star drummer Jody Stephens. Photo by Don Perry.

Memphis, TN (October 3, 2011)—Ardent Studios has completely remodelled the control room of Studio C and installed a Duality console from Solid State Logic.

“It was time to bring Ardent into the 21st Century world of recording, yet keep the legacy intact,” stated Ardent founder and the studio’s first engineer, John Fry. “Studio C has a star-studded history that includes landmark work by Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down, R.E.M. and B.B. King, among so many other great artists, and we are keeping that traditional acoustic tracking space alongside our new control room with SSL’s flagship console.”

The studio’s workhorse Neve V 40 x 40 console has been decommissioned and resides as a classic sidecar to accompany the Duality. Adjacent to a 32′ x 26′ tracking room with three isolation booths, Studio C’s control room houses the SSL Duality SE 48-channel console with in-board patchbay (RHS). Also, the SSL I/O package consists of one Delta Link HD-MADI unit and two Alpha Link converter units for a total of 48 analog I/Os. Duality’s hybrid approach combines a traditional analog path and signal processing along with DAW control, all within a single hardware surface. (read more…)

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