Originally opened in 2015 by engineer Neeraj Khajanchi, NK SOUND TOKYO has recently made a large update to its main studio with the addition of an 80-input Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console, which is the largest 5088 sold to date. The console was provided by Rupert Neve’s long-time distributor in Japan, Hook-Up Inc., and is loaded with 48 channels of Shelford 5052 mic preamp/inductor EQ modules.
NK SOUND TOKYO is divided into four rooms: AQQA, a mastering room; RUBY and SILVER, two dubbing/mixing rooms; and GOLD, the tracking room that houses the new 5088. “Originally, we had a 48-channel SSL E Series explains Khajanchi. “When we revamped the studio in 2019, I had been trying Rupert Neve Designs’ Portico 5024 4-channel preamps, then purchased two Shelford Channels.”
The studio also has a large-scale XLR patchbay for its collection of outboard gear, with Khajanchi noting that keeping all of the studio’s connections XLR to XLR is a priority. He works on a variety of musical projects, including J-Pop, video game music, commercial music for television, rock, and high fidelity jazz recordings.
Since re-opening the studio in September of last year, Khajanchi says it’s been quite busy. “Just within the past two months we have tracked albums for over 15 artists, and are now in the process of mixing all the albums…recording and mixing on the 5088 has sparked my love for analog gear once again”