When you think
of wonderful studios, it's usually the vibe, the gear and the people
behind it. WonderWolrd is brainchild of Grammy and Emmy-nominated
recording engineer/mixer/producer Clark
Germain (U2, Herbie Hancock, Dave Koz, Counting Crows, David
Benoit). Having been spoiled by working in top-notch facilities
throughout the world, Germain wanted a place of his own where he
could serve his clients with more moderate budgets.
Most agee as
more and more albums are mixed in Pro Tools from people's bedrooms
and other untreated spaces, the accepted level of quality has decreased
significantly. "I wanted to create an environment where I could
turn out mixes of the quality I was accustomed and not be so governed
by budgetary constraints," says Germain.
the proper space, Clark shared his ideas with some of the people
he trusted with facilities where he enjoyed working in. "Walter
Sear of Sear Sound in New York, is one of the best sounding rooms
in the world in my opinion, who was particularly helpful,"
says Germain who sought out George Augsperger to do the acoustical
design. "As I was in the beginning phases of the control room
construction a neighbor stopped by my home to speak to me about
a classic Mini Cooper I had parked outside my house.
turned out to be none other than renowned studio designer Vincent
Van Haaff of Waterland Design. After a bit of neighborly coaxing
he agreed to take a look at my plans. He gave me some wonderful
ideas which I have implemented into the final design," adds
David Benoit (seated) and Dave
Koz with Clark Germain at WonderWorld
a large format analogue console (48 input AMEK 2500a) for summing
and the powerful editing and automation of Pro Tools HD with Apogee
DA and AD 16x converters, gives WonderWorld a system that encompasses
the best of both worlds.
Add to that a complement of classic tube and solid state out-board-gear,
reverbs, and microphones and, and Germain's original idea has been
For gear connoisseur's, the room comes with NEVE and Neuman eq's,
compressors, and mic pre's; Pultec tube pre/eq, Gates tube, DBX
Audio Design and Altec tube compressors. Add to this the studio
standard effects like
Emt 250 Reverb, Sony V77 Reverb, Quantec QRS XL Reverb, Studio technologies
AN2 and PCM 42s and you've got yourself a Wonderworld!