Sweetwater Studios Announces Updates – Mixonline

Sweetwater Studios recently completed upgrades to its flagship Studio A product, including a custom Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console.

Posted: 03/23/2022

(L-R) Sweetwater Studios assistant engineers Jason Peets and Rachel Leonard, producer/engineer Shawn Dealey

Fort Wayne, IN (March 23, 2022) – Sweetwater Studios recently completed upgrades to its flagship Studio A, including the addition of a custom Rupert Neve Designs 5088 analog mixing console as its centerpiece.

“We wanted to find ways to continue doing what we’ve always done, only better,” said Sweetwater Studios producer/engineer Shawn Dealey. “What this means for us, in practice, is making improvements that will improve the studio and make it an even more creative and inspiring place.”

Originally opened in 2007, Sweetwater Studios has hosted a diverse collection of artists including Bootsy Collins, Anthrax, Jared James Nichols, Will Lee, Billy Cobham, Russ Taff, Eric Johnson, Beth Hart, Vinnie Colaiuta, JD Simo and We Came As Novels. .

The new 32-input mixer is fully loaded with Rupert Neve Designs 5052 mic preamp and inductor modules and 5051 EQ and inductor compressor modules. “Having a tactile experience means we can grab a EQ or a fader and stay focused on the music and the creative process,” Dealey said. “Most people associate digital with convenience, but this analog workflow actually speeds up mixes. The pure musicality of the console makes our work much easier and more enjoyable, and the results more meaningful for the artists we work with.

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The studio staff took the opportunity to upgrade the entire studio cabling infrastructure. With the help of Jumperz Audio, all Sweetwater studios were outfitted with new wallplates and all new microphones, line speakers, and instrument cables from the Pontiac, MI-based company.

“It allowed us to create a streamlined workflow for accessing and connecting all of our spaces and equipment in studios A, B and C. Using Avid MTRX converters in all three rooms gives us unparalleled connectivity and expansion. It was a great opportunity to evolve the way we do things at Sweetwater Studios,” Dealey said. “By seamlessly integrating all of our most inspiring gear, we can focus entirely on creating music with the best possible ingredients at our fingertips.”

Additional upgrades are reportedly on the way, including a Dolby Atmos 9.1.4 system in Studio B for immersive audio production.

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