Kent, UK. JUNE 2017: New purpose-built facility, DeeVu Studios, has put the Neve Genesys Black G16 at the heart of its operations. Established in September 2016, DeeVu Studios was formed out of a desire to create music, and ‘strives to be the perfect rural location for un-interrupted creativity’, combining high-quality production values with gold-standard gear.
The studio’s resident producer and founder, Kevin Energy, began his career working with legendary Dance/Rave producer Austin Reynolds in the mid-90’s. Energy has continued to work closely with hundreds of producers & artists around the world and his presence in studios, enabled him access to a multitude of high end recording equipment including Neve outboard, most memorably the 33609.
“It was so impressive,” recalls Energy. “Having been a lifetime music anorak, I had always read up about the qualities of Neve consoles but had never had the chance to use one.”
Both Kevin and his business partner, DeeVu co-founder Lee Rose, visited AMS Neve to discuss their options. According to Rose, the choice of console for their vision was an obvious one.
“The studio needed a DAW controller, quality mic pres, as well as an analogue summing solution and high end conversion. The Genesys Black has all of this and more,” states Lee.
The studio, which is primarily designed for tracking vocals, was custom-built around following the purchase of the Genesys Black console, and designed by renowned acoustical engineer Howard Turner. “The room sounds amazing!” said Kevin. “No frequency is hyped or lacking so it’s the perfect place to sit and create a dream mix.”
Speed and ease of use was of paramount importance to the team, as was longevity and the ability to grow with the desk.
“We really like the Recall functions of the desk. It’s great to know that every session is backed up and saved so that we can open a mix at any point and make small adjustments after road testing different material in different environments and gaining feedback from different ears,” explained Lee.
“We also love the fact we can quickly reference a mix straight out the convertors to the speakers at the touch of a button which makes AB’ing reference tracks seamless. The routing functions of the desk are off the scale for what we need at the moment, but we know that the desk can handle whatever we extend to in the future.”
Kevin added, “Mix wise, I can safely say the Genesys Black has made an instant impact on the quality of our mixes. Something inside that desk enables me to mix with clarity, precision and form a final sheen to my mixes which I have been unable to achieve elsewhere. The tracking and quality of the vocal recordings we are getting is second to none. All the detail and air is coming through perfectly which makes big vocal productions a dream to orchestrate through the Genesys.”
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