RAK Studios has recently invested in Quested’s new Q212FS large format monitors.
Founded in 1976 by record producer Mickie Most, RAK Studios has hosted the likes of Al Green, David Bowie and Pink Floyd, Sam Smith, Mark Ronson, Two Door Cinema Club, Plan B, Arctic Monkeys and Shakira, and it won MPG studio of the year in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The Studios is located in a converted Victorian schoolhouse in London’s leafy St John’s Wood. It has four studios, accommodation, a team of professional engineers on hand to work with the artists, and an array of high-quality equipment.
The Questeds now reside in Studio 3, its second largest studio, which has seen the Stone Roses, the Pet Shop Boys, Simply Red and The Last Shadow Puppets record hit albums there.
“We needed speakers that would be able to deliver for a diverse range of clients, from people who listen very quietly, to those that prefer things somewhat louder,” explained RAK’s technical manager, Kevin Seal. “We had a pair on demo on two separate occasions, and also managed to compare them side-by-side with another manufacturer’s monitors. Taking into consideration all the opinions of our engineers and assistants, the Questeds completely fulfilled our requirements.”
Seal noted that the Quested team modified the height of the monitors, allowing them to stand behind the mixing desk to be in the best possible position.
“It’s not so easy to add large monitors to a control room after it has been built,” Seal added. “It’s more usual to design the room around a set of monitors. The service from Roger [Quested], Stuart [Down] and Ollie [Shortland] from Quested, and Les [Mommsen] from Sound Network, their UK distributor, has been perfect. Even our last minute changes of delivery dates for the demo, and then for installing, weren’t a problem to them.”
Quested’s Stuart Down commented: “When we received the initial call from the guys at RAK to say they were looking for something a bit bigger than the Quested V3110s they already owned, the timing couldn’t have been better.
"The team at RAK builds strong relationships with their clients and works hard to make sure they have all the tools they need. They have a diverse range of artists, producers and performers constantly working in the studio and need a system that, on one day, can accurately reproduce a delicate string or orchestral section and the next, provide impact and SPL for some of their more lively clients. We were just starting the introduction of the Q212FS (Free Standing) large format system, and felt this would be the perfect solution for the studio.”
Down concluded: “We know the process and diligence that was put into the decision-making process, and we feel very proud that the UK’s first installation of a Q212FS system can now be found at RAK Studios in London.”
PSNEurope recently interviewed RAK's studio managers, Trisha Wegg and Andy Leese, about its thriving business and a busy 2018. You can find the interview here.