Colorado Sound Recording Studios, located in Westminster, and noted for it’s work with artists such as Norah Jones, Eminem, Steve Miller, and Dave Matthews, recently hosted the Soundcraft Studer truck with the new Studer Compact Remote Bay and its latest Virtual Vista software for its first-ever use at a recording session.
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 has 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 may 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,” says 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 recording studio feed to the truck via fiber cable.
“As we were getting recording and headphone levels, we tweaked the musicians’ headphone levels with the Compact Remote Bay. 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,” Lewis notes. “It worked flawlessly.
“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,” Lewis continues. “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.”