UK/RWANDA: Constructed by charity organisation Solace Ministries, the studio is equipped with two Allen & Heath ZED-R16 FireWire recording mixers, reports PSN-e. Brighton-based studio manager Dicken Marshall helped Solace Ministries to build the facility, which is intended to help improve the lives of those who survived the well-documented 1994 atrocities in Rwanda.
“Music is a fundamental part of Rwandan life, and for many people it is one of the few comforts they have left,” said Marshall.
The new recording space will be used for the charity’s music development programme, which includes a full choir. Marshall raised the funds in the UK to buy the necessary equipment, personally installed it, and trained the venue’s staff. Incorporating a 30sqm live room and adjoining control room, the facility includes two Allen & Heath ZED-R16 FireWire recording mixers, an eight-core Mac Zeon computer running Logic 8 and numerous plug-ins, KRK monitors and Shure mics. The set-up has already been deployed to record an album entitled The Songs of Solace (Rafiki Records), featuring the Solace Choir and various studio musicians.
“Generally, recording mixers are large and expensive, so I was thrilled to discover Allen & Heath’s ZED-R16,” said Marshall. “It’s compact, has a versatile and contemporary feature set, offers both an analogue and digital interface, and is remarkably affordable. It’s the heart of the studio and has given so much joy to the musicians and budding engineers who are involved with the facility.”