Schier, co-owner of Sonikwire in Studio A control room with
vintage Neve 8028 (owner: Josh Gordon)
Open since 2001, Sonikwire Studios was created to meet the growing
demand for world class recording facilities in Orange County, California,
about 45 minutes south of Los Angeles.
One would drive
right by Sonikwire in its quiet business park and never know of
the studio's existence. But one step inside reveals a beautiful,
warm, and creative recording studio environment filled to the brim
with the most in-demand recording gear available.
Josh Gordon and Justin Schier spent nearly two years building the
studio with two goals in mind. Gordon says, "Our number one
concern was building a space that has all the amenities and services
you'd find in an LA studio." About the second goal, Schier
says, "We designed it with an aesthetic that values creativity
and life, and inspires musicians and producers to do their best
Studio A features a newly refurbished 60-channel custom Neve 8028
console with Flying Faders. "The Neve adds amazing warmth and
punch to the sound of any tracking or mixing session, and is big
and flexible enough to handle both large and small projects"
says Alex Bush, Sonikwire's Head Engineer.
The studio features
both analog and digital recording options. "Most clients opt
to use the 60-channel Pro Tools HD3 Accel set with Apogee Rosetta
800 and Digidesign 192 interfaces. Others choose to record on the
low-hours Studer A820 analog multitrack," says Bush.
2,600 square foot facility offers a comfortable and private environment
with several fully isolated recording rooms. The spacious 650 square
foot control room has been carefully tuned for accurate main or
nearfield monitoring and features Yamaha NS-10s with SW10 Subwoofer,
Genelec 1030a nearfields with 7070a Subwoofer and Dynaudio C4 Main
monitors. The 900 square foot main tracking room has a slate floor,
18 foot high ceiling, and a hardwood floor isolation room. It also
features adjustable sound absorption, six skylights, and enough
room for a 15 piece orchestra.
The studio comes
with a comprehensive collection of outboard gear and superb selection
of vintage microphones, including Telefunken ELA M-251, AKG C12,
C24, C12VR, 451, 414, Neumann M49, U47, U48, U67, U87, M149, M149,
M159, KM183/184, to name a few.
includes Neve 1073's, 1066's, 1075's, 1082's, 1084's, Pultec EQP-1A
and EQP-15, as well as Lexicon 480L, 960L, PCM81 and PCM91, Distressor,
LA-2A, 1176, Esoteric 660 and DBX 160vu among many others. The complete
list of equipment is available on Sonikwire's website, www.sonikwire.com.
we can support our clients with project management, graphic and
web design through our affiliate company, Sonik
says industry veteran Jane Scobie, who joined the
Sonikwire team as
a consultant in June, 2006. "When I went to see the studio
for the first time, my eyes lit up when I saw the beautifully refurbished
vintage Neve console. Together with the amazing collection of microphones
and Neve mic pre's, I knew Sonikwire was a winner," says Scobie.
about making clients feel comfortable and free to create. There's
no clock in the studio. It's really important to us that all the
equipment works, all the time. We've removed as many of the obstacles
to a smooth and productive recording session as possible."
The studio is
suitable for recording a wide variety of projects, including full
bands doing live tracking, choirs, voice-overs, drum sessions, horn
sections, midsize string ensembles, editing, and mix sessions.
Upstairs is an elevated observation loft that provides an unobstructed
view of the entire session, and includes a kitchenette, lounge,
high-speed WiFi, a web-connected computer, Sony Playstation 2 and
digital satellite TV.
Vincent Van Haaff, architect; Jane Scobie, Marketing Consultant;
Luke Allen, Studio Manager and Alex Bush (back of console), Chief
include several well known artists and producers. Skinny Puppy
mixed their last record on the Neve console with Ken "Hiwatt"Marshall.
Disney mixed their "High School Musical" which
hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and on iTunes song downloads.
Producers Adam Watts and Andy Dodd recorded drums
for Jeremy Camp's album, "Restored". Josh Freese
tracked drums for John Wackerman's Drum Duets CD. Producer
Stacy Heydon completed all the audio post production and
mixing on the "Great Wall of Hope" live concert DVD that
was staged and recorded at the Great Wall of China. Producer James
"Jimbo" Barton was in recently tracking with Avion.
Well known engineer Bryan
Carlstrom recently tracked several songs for ABC television
with Emmy-nominated artist Rie Sinclair.
the project, Sonikwire Studios brings together the best of analog
and digital sound recording in an attractive, professional, and
artist-friendly environment," says Justin
Located in Irvine,
Southern California, Sonikwire is a recording oasis just ten minutes
from the beach and within easy reach of John Wayne Airport.
17831 Skypark Circle, Suite K
Irvine, CA 92614