May 19, 2006

Hard-Core Gear Porn Friday!!!

by Chris Randall
 



Another studio one this week. I've been obsessing over outboard the last two weeks, as my posts here no doubt show. One of the objects of my fancy is the Purple MC77, the excellent modern clone of the 1176. Purple Audio is actually an offshoot of Coral Sound. Another offshoot of Coral Sound is Exile, a strictly-analog studio in LIC. (Strong Island, represent! Or, maybe not, actually. Whack the "Exile" link on their c. 1997 frame-a-thon.) This studio is really nice. I could see myself tracking there. (But not mixing, I don't think. I'm more of a K2/Brittania Row kind of guy when it comes to mixing in Real Studios.) Their gear list reads like a Who's Who of good vintage shit. Check the rack pictures, then get back to me.


Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the synths in the studio, but their collection is impressive, including an OCTave Cat, a Voyetra 8, two EML 101s and a 400/401, and a 12 (!!!) panel Serge. They also have a Hohner clav, a B3, and two (!!!!) Wurli 200s. I'm glad there aren't any pictures, because the outboard alone made me a little crazy, what with the Eventide Collection, an EMT 140 and 250 (now, that's just ostentatious.) Never you mind that
Neve A4345 just sitting there looking pretty.


In short, Exile is the bomb-diggity, as far as analog recording goes. Perhaps someone from there will read this, and send us some pics of the synth and guitar amp collections? That'd be just peachy.

 
 
 

3 comments:

 
 

 
May.19.2006 @ 12:05 PM
edanderson
for the record, purple audio (gear manufacturer) and coral sound (studio install) are two seperate companies, owned by andrew roberts and matt marinelli, respectively. they co-exist in the same building in LIC queens, sometimes called "exile" after the sign put up on the outside by a nightclub back in the eighties. the studio, sometimes called "the poop room," belongs to matt. andrew has helped matt out with studio construction and maintenance over the years, and acts as the de facto landlord for the building.

the studio is a private facility, where matt can work with artists that he enjoys. matt is definitely of the "one of everything" school of gear. while analog is fully respected and available, the studio also does have a substantial protools HD system. matt is going through the synths he's aquired over the years and putting them back into service. with a sizeable tech shop in the next room, and a number of techs flowing through the building, everything set up in the studio actually works, which can be a rarity for studios of this size. the neve is an unusual hybrid of 1095 preamp/eqs (like a 1081) with all 1272 lineamps (class A rather than the usual 3405 class AB lineamps).

matt and andrew know that their sites need updating. i've been making incremental updates to the purple pages, and matt has been working on updates for his site. hopefully pics of the wall o' amps and a few of the synths will show up someday.

ed

 
 

 
May.19.2006 @ 12:16 PM
Chris Randall
For those that may be confused, the "Eddie" comment in the post in no way refers to the "Ed" who's comment appears above. It refers to "eddie," the indie rock hipster crybaby from the previous thread.

In any case, thanks for illuminating me on that. All these years I thought Exile, Coral Sound, and Purple were all the same thing. It is a bit confusing, as they all sort of share the same webspace.

-CR

 
 

 
May.19.2006 @ 1:23 PM
meeglosh
What this studio is seriously lacking is a good, utilitarian Mackie. Better yet, perhaps a Behringer???
 
 

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