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Sneap and Studio Design

Discussion in 'Andy Sneap' started by lolzgreg, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. lolzgreg

    lolzgreg Cereal Shipping Sneapster

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    As most of you Sneapsters know, Backstage Productions has one hell of a facility :worship:

    I figure I would make a little thread here (that will hopefully turn into a big one :loco:) about Andy's studio design.

    Andy, who designed your studio?

    Was your intent to create a room with a flat response, or one that sounded "right" to you?

    I ask this question, as a very well known mastering engineer I know has neither worked nor wanted to work in a "treated" room in his life. He has done award winning work for platinum artists with household names from the seventies such as Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson on to recent acts like Saves the Day, Norma Jean, Evanescence, and more.

    Would you be so kind to share with us some focal points regarding treatment or gear placement that has helped your mixing and workflow?

    To keep this rolling, let's try to maybe link to pictures of Andy's studio and analyze what's going on in terms of treatment and gear placement.
     
  2. Skaldir

    Skaldir formerly known as Unicorn

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    What I always liked by looking at Andys studio is the big rock walls that surely are great diffusors naturally. Besides it looks awesome.
     
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    i like the view outside the windows :)
     
  4. JeffTD

    JeffTD Senhor Testiculo

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    There were some other fucking HUGE pictures of the entire studio pre-SSL, incl live room and amp room, that were posted before. Wish I could still find them, think they disappeared with the website renovation.

    Maybe Brett can chime in?
     
  5. Lasse Lammert

    Lasse Lammert HCAF Blitzkrieg

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    The place looks impressive, I can tell you that...
    It's easily the second most awesome thing in Belper...


    The most awesome thing in Belper (and probably the world) is that indian place Andy took us to. Been trying to find an indian place that rivals it ever since
     
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    greyskull Member

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    Is it bad that one of the first things that I notice in the second picture is not how awesome and beeeeeeaautiful the studio is but that there are messy cables under the desk?
     
  7. Brett - K A L I S I A

    Brett - K A L I S I A Dreaded Moderator

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    Awesome place, but when I went there the surrounding fields had that terrible smell of manure, and there was no water from the tap (had to brush teeth with beer and pee outside). :)
     
  8. Lasse Lammert

    Lasse Lammert HCAF Blitzkrieg

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    wow, that must have been long ago....
     
  9. Brett - K A L I S I A

    Brett - K A L I S I A Dreaded Moderator

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    2006 I think. But the water issue was because it was such a dry year than the well was empty.
     
  10. Mago

    Mago Austrian Blech Machine

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    I surely read that last bit pretty wrong the first time
    "(had to brush teeth with beer and pee, outside)"
    :lol:

    It doesn't look like LEDE...can't imagine that the rocks diffuse an aweful lot too, and I guess the windows (which make an über-awesome view) are set in angled? it's hard to see from those pics

    Also I guess that the one one the pics is only for mxing/mastering, and tracking/editing is done in the other studioroom?
     
  11. Lasse Lammert

    Lasse Lammert HCAF Blitzkrieg

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    don't confuse "diffuse" with "absorb"!
    those hugeass rocks poking through the walls like semi-spheres are like the best diffusors ever!
     
  12. Brett - K A L I S I A

    Brett - K A L I S I A Dreaded Moderator

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    Yeah the room in the pictures is the control room. There's a room for tracking and one small with all the amps for guitar recording. No the glass are not angled. He had some bass traps and clouds in there too.
     
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    Andy your control room is the most inspiring control room I ever saw.
    For me, this is the perfect room! I love the combination of high-end stuff, and the rustic look. It looks like a place were you can really relax and get shit done:headbang:

    about the rocks:
    My college prof. in audio engineering is planning the new studio for the facility and told the architects to build the stone walls the same way, because these style is a hell of a great diffusor
     
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    Great idea for a thread! Would be awesome to see some more pic's of the place.
     
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    dan weapon Planet Smasher

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    I think I went there with Andy, Scott Atkins, Nick Barker and a few others at new year.

    Nick revolutionised eating curry by turning it into a massive Indian burrito; Take naan bread, pour on rice and curry, pick up with hands, eat.

    Incredible stuff.
     
  16. Lasse Lammert

    Lasse Lammert HCAF Blitzkrieg

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    is that place awesome or what?
     
  17. Andy Sneap

    Andy Sneap Metal Guru

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    nah that wasn't the one Dan, both good places tho.
     
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    decoy205 STUCK IN HELL

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    The first time I saw pics of this studio I was really blown away. I think it was about when Killswitch was working with Mr. Sneap there. It's gotta be a dream come true having a place like that!
    -John
     
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    Andy i t would be awesome to get a tour in your studio. A Video would be the most awesome but some pics how the place looks like now would be super :)
     

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