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France’s Studio de l’Hacienda up for sale

test 22 April 2008

FRANCE: In view of his upcoming retirement at the end of 2008, Jean Gamet – owner and managing director of Studio de l’Hacienda – has decided to sell his residential facility. Located in Tarare in the Beaujolais area of south-eastern France, Studio de l’Hacienda is two hours from Paris by train, writes Guillaume Schouker.

Studio de l’Hacienda was created in 1984. It invested in a 48-track digital Otari Radar system in 1999, a Pro Tools HD3 in 2003, and opened a second studio with Pro Tools HD2 in 2005. Fifty per cent of its activity is based around music production (with its label Hacienda Productions) and co-production, encompassing genres such as rock, jazz, rap and instrumental music.

“It’s only because I’m thinking of retiring before the end of this year that I would love someone to take over the whole residential and recording complex,” says Gamet. “Like everyone in the trade, we feel a drop in business. Nevertheless, this structure is unique in the Rh_ne-Alpes area and we can compensate with private productions. But the future successor will have to diversify further into areas such as tourist/guesthouse activity, and training.”

When asked about whom he would like to take over the business, Gamet responds: “All can be considered. Of course, we’d rather hand the keys to producers, record companies or publishers, but it could also be music producers who are looking for a home facility, or artists and musicians searching for a home studio.”

In addition to Gamet, the team at Studio de l’Hacienda includes recording engineer St_phane Piot, assistant and second engineer Jonathan Verne and maintenance engineer Michel Stievenard.

Studio de l’Hacienda offers two recording studios: Studio A, which is equipped with a rarely seen 64-input Lafont Chroma mixing console, Optifile Tetra automation, Westlake BBSM12 5.1 surround monitoring, Digidesign Pro Tools HD3 with 192 I/0 interface; and the 60 sqm open space of Studio B (pictured), which houses an Neve 34.128 console with Pro Tools HD2 workstation, Genelec 1030 and Tannoy Super Gold audio monitors.

Gamet – who intends to concentrate on publishing and composing once the facility has been sold – describes the facility as “a real asset_ There aren’t that many residential facilities outside of Paris, in the countryside, still in business. This place is a real asset. There will always be a need for good, competitive studio structures in order to produce or mix.”

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