+ Vision Under One Roof At
Santa Monica's Threshold Sound
+ Vision moved to it's new location, the former Scotti Brothers
Records building in December 2006. Remodeling Studio A, the kitchen,
and 2nd floor video department was recently completed. "The
basic construction of the studio was very good as it was john Edwards
design and Continental Studio Builders construction," says
producer and director of engineering, Peter Barker.
Barker was previously
Director of Engineering at Sony Music Studios Santa Monica, from
1993 until 2002. Barker also held staff positions at The Village
Recorder, Artisan Sound Recorders and Kendun Recorders before his
long run at Sony. "I started Threshold Sound + Vision with
my partner Marc Schrobilgen in 02 and we haven't looked back."
is a place where you can get many things done under one roof --
video editing, video finishing, music tracking, overdubs, mixing,
music mastering in stereo or 5.1, and even vinyl cutting and tape
restoration. "Our services are more diverse than most studio
but the underlying theme is that are services are primarily geared
to music content creators whether that content be audio, video,
or a marriage of both," says Barker. The studio offers lead
engineers, assistants, editors, or color correction experts as needed.
Recent gear additions include: SADIE on line in the mastering room,
vinyl cutting services with a Neumann VMS66 Lathe, and installation
of the classic Sony Music Neve 8078 in Studio A.
Session with Dustin Hoffman engineered by Peter Barker. Voice over
work for an upcoming documentary about photographer Juluis Shulman.
L-R: Assistant engineer Scott Coslett, Peter A. Barker, Dustin Hoffman,
and producer Eric Bricker.
The studio has
hosted many artists and film projects just in the last six months,
to include: Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell live from Radio City
Music Hall: Video Editing, overdubs, pro tools editing, conform
and sweetening, and video finishing. Heart, "Dreamboat Annie"
classic albums live: 5.1 and stereo mixing. BB King Live: 5.1 and
stereo mixing in studio A and mastering for DVD and CD. Country
Concert special for Direct TV (Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson, Neal
McCoy, Sawyer Brown): Mixing and conform/sweetening. Barry White
Live from the Anaheim Pond: Video editing, pro tools editing, 5.1
mixing, conform/sweetening, video finishing. Chicas Project for
NBC Universal Telemundo: Production, editing, sweetening, video
finishing. Pearl Jam and REM: 5.1 mastering with engineer Joe Gastwirt.
Bare Naked Ladies: 5.1 mastering
According to the producer studio business is driven more by managers
and artist doing projects themselves and then monetizing the content
they fully own. "Their is a lot more in house stuff going on
at various companies and we are capitalizing on that by developing
one artist Amy Kuney, and looking at the possibility of doing more,"
Barker has learned to educate the up and coming clients. "We
will get artists bringing us projects to master and sometimes they
are just not up to a standard that's master ready. We might suggest
to them they try our production or mixing services to bring the
project more up to a pro level. It's often a case of people don't
know what they don't know. They spend a few hours here, you work
up a mix for them and then run out to the car and put it in the
stereo and then they get it," he adds
the pro level, the producers we work with love it becasue they can
get everything done right here. Instead of fighting traffic to go
from the on line session to the mix session they just go down the
hall. It's also great for our engineers because the communication
about problems is immediate," says Barker.
Peter Barker ,
Producer/Director of Engineering or Michele Blankenship
Threshold Sound + Vision
Santa Monica, CA 90405