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Old 16th November 2009
Lives for gear
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Originally Posted by Sk106 View Post
I recorded once at a place where the engineer was sitting in sort of a screened off area at one end of the control room, with the console and all tech gear there, and the console butt end facing out to the room. He had sort of his corner, where nobody naturally gravitated towards. The room had a 5 foot high big window looking into the recording room, and facing the window was the (huge) couch and table, and leisure conveniences - a TV, phone and stuff.

I loved it. It completely took all the gear- and tech thinking out of things and all people - except the engineer - automatically listened with their ears, to the music, expressions, notes, and not the sound of things (which is the engineer's domain and responsibility anyway). The tech stuff happened "over there" *waves towards the engineer lair* and everybody in the room were focusing on the music. We sat in that big couch, at the window and the mood was just great. Not seeing parameters, lights, knobs, console .. just made you focus on what it sounded like and not what things looked like. You didn't even see the engineer or his lair, because he was .. like eight o'clock behind you.

IF I had my way, I would do it like that .. but customers tends to judge things by however it looks and works like whatever they expect to see - whether that is better or not: Them in the back, crowded in a couple of softchairs or smaller sofa (never enough space for all to sit at the same time) not seeing anything but the backs of the engineering guys and their own reflections in the narrow control room window, just sitting there like passengers, not mentioning too much because you feel like a backseat driver if you do .. hoping their work turns out well, by the guys sitting in the cockpit, which is the center of the room with all the gear put at the center of attention.

So I'm not sure my idea would work commercially .. not right away ... but practically it really works wonders ... at least for my way of seeing things, and the engineer said he designed that room to bring out what I felt about it. Also the engineer could cram all his stuff in around him, with everything in very comfortable reach.

I loved that style.
Sounds like a cool idea, the only thing im wondering is how does the engineer hear the stereo image from the back corner of the room? Does he have his own monitors back there? How does that work when the band is listening to the mains?