Studio A - built in the sanctuary of a 100-year-old church - houses a 38ft x 50ft main room with 30ft ceilings, four large iso rooms and beautiful stained glass windows dating from 1856.
The 25ft x 32ft x 16ft control room features a custom 80-input and 64-monitor all discrete Neve 8078, the largest of its type in the world. The Ocean Way technical staff have recently replaced every switch and pot on the 80-input side of the desk. Other modifications make it truly one-of-a-kind.
The control room features Allen Sides-designed Ocean Way Monitors, offering full range monitoring delivered in part by the four sub woofers on each side as well as the additional three-way system.
Behind the console is a large four-person producer's desk which houses the extensive collection of new and vintage outboard gear on the front side, and offers plenty of surface space for large scores or extra outboard gear.
The large live room has ideal acoustic tuning, and dimensions that help one get that big rock drum sound or record an 80-piece orchestra without low-end blooming or high-end flutter. There are five iso booths: one housing a Yamaha C7 grand piano, two beside the control room and two at the opposite end of the live room.
The Studio A lounge is conveniently located directly below the Studio A control room. It is equipped with a full kitchen, billiards table, large couch, dining table and an entertainment centre and includes private bathrooms. It's an ideal space for band meals, catered events or just relaxing while the other musicians perfect their parts in the studio above.
This room offers tracking and scoring on a truly grand scale. It should be on the bucket list of every engineer and producer.