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The R+S studios
Old 10th June 2016
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The R+S studios

At the time, R+S records were my bench mark for everything. They had a few duds of course, but the clarity of production seamed second to none for certain styles - though of course for those that liked it a bit more 'urban' it might have been to clinical.

Did you ever work in Belgium at the main studio? If so what was the set up?

I saw an old C.J Bolland video that showed just what you would expect - a bigger desk than I had (!) - and racks of live run samplers and synths.
Old 10th June 2016
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I did a lot of engineering in the R&S studio from 88-93 or so. I was working there everyday more or less.
Actually, I set up the studio with Renaat. I met Renaat when he released a song I did with friends. He then asked me if I knew how to setup a studio. I said yes and we started working from then on.
In the early days it was based around an Emulator III, TX802, Juno 106, 909, 808, R8 etc..we added with things like a Roland 100m, Oberheim 4 voice then an Xpander, and various other modules..it was fairly fluid but certainly the EIII and Juno/106 and roland drum boxes were central.
There was an Allen & Heath Sabre desk that replaced a Soundcraft very early on and a Revox PR99 for mixdown. We never multitracked then.
Outboard included a Lexicon 300, Yamaha Rev5 and a Valley 610 comp. Westlake BSM, NS10 (yick !) and NS40m monitors.
There were various other things, but it wasn't a massive studio. All run from Atari with Cubase or from the EIII sequencer.
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David
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Thanks that's interesting. I'm from the U.K and actually back in the 90's it was quite difficult to hear most of the stuff I liked being played out.
If you sought out a few specialist clubs in London, or touring DJ's you might hear a set of R+S, Harthouse, records etc, but it was mainly hardcore ravey stuff which was OK, but I loved the synth based 'euro' sound more - some Italian stuff like UMM and Dutch releases were pretty cool. I used to dream of living near cool continental clubs ! - though of course they had there own 'problems' as well - gabba - ha ha !

Anyhow it's interesting to think back that at the time that few people multi-tracked, and that most times every sound - EVERY sound - would have to come from an actual black box - even if it was just a shaker or extra hit.

I have mixed feelings working ITB versus OTB but sometimes I like looking at a track in a DAW and thinking what would that look like in the 90's ?

How was mixing done - just using the desk eq's - much compression etc - anything before the Revox?

Many thanks for your replies.
Old 11th June 2016
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Anyhow it's interesting to think back that at the time that few people multi-tracked, and that most times every sound - EVERY sound - would have to come from an actual black box - even if it was just a shaker or extra hit.

I have mixed feelings working ITB versus OTB but sometimes I like looking at a track in a DAW and thinking what would that look like in the 90's ?

How was mixing done - just using the desk eq's - much compression etc - anything before the Revox?

Many thanks for your replies.
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EQ was only ever from the desk. Not much compression as we only had one or two and we mainly used them for effect. I loved the Valley 610. Not subtle, but cool.
I forgot that we also went to DAT for practical reasons but it was either that or Revox.
My feeling is that straight to 2 track or DAT was best for club stuff. You could get it so direct and punchy without the kind of blurred edges that can happen with tape or digital multi tracking (certainly in less than high end worlds) but of course you had to run everything live so it was all hands on deck...and getting a track back up for a remix etc was sometimes not possible.
Even if it had vocals, they would be played from the Emulator rather than recorded unless it was a bigger project in which case we occasionally went to professional studios.
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David should deserve loads of credit for helping setup the R&S Studio for Renaat and helping create the R&S sound.
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