The Village Studios embraces the future with a black Neve Genesys console
United States – The legendary Village Studios has stayed true to its long-standing allegiance to Neve technology by installing a Genesys Black GB96 console at its premises in West Los Angeles.
This famous installation, which over its 52-year history has hosted many of the world’s most famous recording artists, recently converted one of its private production rooms into a stunning new studio for T Bone Burnett, Mike Piersante and Zach Dawes. The three will also share space for joint and solo efforts, and when occupied elsewhere, the Village will use the room for its business clients.
At the heart of this new studio is the enormous Genesys Black console, one of the largest to be installed in the world. With 64 faders and 48 analog channel strips, the console mixes 32 channels of vintage 1084 Neve EQ with 16 channels of contemporary 88R-style four-band EQ to create an exceptional console that is truly one of a kind. This gigantic console also came with Neve mastering-grade MADI AD / DA converter boards on each channel, offering internal AD / DA conversion for 48-channel direct outputs, digital channel line inputs and monitor returns. digital monitor via optical MADI connection.
Jeff Greenberg, owner of the Village since the mid-90s, describes the Genesys Black as the ideal console for today’s world.
“It’s a fantastic compromise between old and new recording methods, as it delivers Neve’s excellent analog sound, while still easily enabling modern hybrid workflows,” he says. “It’s also a perfect complement to the Neve consoles we already own, which include our much loved vintage 8048 in Studio A and two Neve 88R consoles with full mix recall in Studios B and D.”
Originally built as a Masonic temple in the 1920s, the instantly recognizable building that houses Village Studios retains many Masonic features, including original stained glass windows. During the 1960s, the building served as the west coast headquarters of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s transcendental meditation, before being transformed into a recording studio at the end of that decade. Artists who have recorded at the Village include Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Elton John, Diana Ross, Courtney Love, The Smashing Pumpkins, Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Dr Dre, Steely Dan and many more. other. .
In addition to four main commercial studios, the facility also has a large auditorium and the Moroccan Hall (formerly the former Masonic meeting room), which are used as living and concert spaces. Spread throughout the building, various production and writing rooms are occupied by an eclectic mix of artists, producers and composers who enjoy having their own space within this extraordinary complex.
The new studio of T Bone, Mike Piersante and Zach Dawes is in one of these suites, as studio director Tina Morris explains: “The suite was previously occupied by John Alagia who had it for about 16 years. years. He had it configured with Pro Control and it was fully digital except for some additional outboard equipment. The space consisted of a control room and an isolation cabin, both of which we have incorporated into this renovation.
“We gave it a new acoustic treatment recommended by George Augsberger and, of course, the new Genesys Black console. It’s a dual-use room for mixing and recording, and we’ve added links to the Moroccan room so that it can serve as a control room for this multipurpose room when available. This is ideal as it is literally right next to the Moroccan room and the analog look of the Genesys Black console, along with its integration with Pro Tools, is a great addition to the setup.
The specification of the new studio was largely a joint effort between Mike Piersante and Tina Morris, as Mike explains: “Tina and I would consult each other regularly on every little aspect of the space and all the technical aspects because, essentially, we wanted this to be a ‘Village’ room. Based on this, I thought both factions should have a say in the design and equipment.
T Bone, Mike adds, was happy to leave the technical specifications to his longtime collaborator, but he got involved in the aesthetic aspects of the piece because he has a great sensitivity in this area.
Jeff, Tina and Mike all agreed that a Neve Genesys Black console was the perfect choice as it offered a modern production style when needed.
“From the start, my thought was to have a console with vintage qualities but also one that would bring the room and the Village a step into the future,” explains Mike. “The Genesys has always been my first choice for this particular space. “
Tina adds: “Once it was presented to us as an option, we were 100% on board. The Village has always been a Neve installation with our Vintage 8048 and two 88Rs. I think the only debate was whether we should go with the Black or with the regular Genesys. “
In addition to its ability to provide a hybrid workflow, Mike says the warm, open sound of the Genesys Black was a major selling point.
“The sound of the analog path, combined with re-released vintage preamps and EQs, is a feature we all love,” he explains. “This office offers a lot of flexibility and gives us options that we did not have in the studio that we co-directed in the past.”
Mike added to the gear list by bringing a huge range of vintage and modern outboard gear such as Neve, Manley, Universal Audio, Empirical Labs, Teletronics, Alan Smart, GML, API, Retro Industries, Altec and others. The studio has also been set up to handle Dolby Atmos mixing, with a monitoring system that delivers full immersive sound.
“We’ve been working with Dolby for a few years trying to find a good room to fit into our Atmos room, but they were all too popular to be designated for this purpose,” says Tina. “When we started renovating this room, it seemed like a good fit, so we decided to proceed because we finally had enough space to install an Atmos surveillance system. “
With the office now installed and the room finally finished, the entire team behind this project is thrilled with the end result.
“We are excited to add another addition to our Neve family of consoles,” said Tina. “Personally, I grew up with Neves from the very first studio where I worked professionally. Being able to install a modern Neve console in our constantly expanding and updating studio is really special to us.