Hollywood, CA-based CSS Studios recently outfitted the voice-over recording studio at its new Soundelux Design Music Group (DMG) facility on L.A.’s Westside with technical furnishings from Argosy Console.
The new workstations, which include an Argosy Mirage model NC24 console for an Avid C|24 Pro Tools control surface together with a Mirage C240 Producer’s Desk, are the latest in a long line of Argosy installs by CSS Studios, who have previously custom-configured Mirage consoles at its Todd-AO studios in Burbank and Hollywood.
“The Mirage is our go-to workstation when it comes to any of the Avid controllers,” says Bill Johnston, senior vice president of engineering for CSS Studios. “We bought these particular desks’ stock as we needed them super-fast. They are a good price and a good value, easy to assemble – and they look great.”
CSS Studios provides creative post production sound services through its Todd-AO, Sound One, POP Sound, Modern Music, DMG and The Hollywood Edge facilities. DMG, which recently celebrated 20 years in business, creates sound for games, commercials and location-based entertainment.
“For many of our other facilities, we customize our technical furniture,” says Johnston. “We have Argosy consoles on three television stages that are configured for two Avid ICON D-Command surfaces, and we have two ADR stages that are configured for one D-Command, and every single one of those Argosy consoles is custom.”
“Working with Argosy on customizing them has been easy and they are great to work with,” he adds, “I send Argosy drawings, and they send me drawings back, and these guys always get it right the first time.”
Such custom work typically involves tailoring the overall ergonomics and equipment positioning to suit the changing daily roster of engineers working at the consoles.
“We’ve done things like change the width of the consoles and where the control surfaces are placed within them, and we have modified the height of the console to make it slightly lower to suit our needs,” Johnson explains. “With Pro Tools, when you’ve got a keyboard and trackball in front of you, it’s important to get them as low as possible because of where the faders sit and you need to be able to move over your keyboards to reach the controls.”
Argosy also offers an optional on-site visit to assist with assembly, particularly for custom consoles. “They installed the first one for us, but we actually found the desk is very easy to assemble,” he adds. “It’s literally no more difficult than an Ikea assembly, and their instructions are clear so we’ve had no problems—even with custom desks—putting them together.”