A new mastering facility has opened in the former Studio B at Studio Omega in the city of Suresnes, on the western outskirts of Paris.
Studio Omega president and managing director Veronique Pery explains: “The original Studio Méga Studio B, opposite Studio A, has been transformed into a mastering room for two simple reasons: its surface area and its acoustics.”
“It did not correspond to our client needs anymore,” she explains. “We also made the most of this opportunity to renew much of the audio equipment. Up to now, it is the largest mastering room to offer such equipment and such well-appointed acoustics. We wish to compete with the world best studios, service-wise.”
The mastering room is based around a Pyramix V digital audio workstation with Merging Mykerinos cards and Plextor burner.
Pery adds: “Pyramix efficiency has been tested by our former mastering engineer Rodolphe Plisson. Our present engineer Adel de Saint Denis was trained on a Pyramix digital audio workstation and he continues to use it now. It is a dedicated system that offers an excellent sound quality and high-performance tools for all sorts of mastering tasks, such as DDP [Disc Description Protocol] creation, etc...
“Our installation wants to be simple and efficient. The idea behind the new technical choices was to optimise the monitoring and the workflow so as to be more reactive to our clients’ demands.”
Monitoring is through Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus 801 with a Krell EVO 402 stereo power amplifier and Dangerous Music monitor. “The quality of B&W speakers doesn’t need to be proved anymore and a great number of mastering studios around the world are equipped with these loudspeakers. They offer an accurate and clear listening, as well as sound musical,” she adds.
The older mastering studio at Studio Omega featured an SSL Duality console and was equipped with a 5.1 monitoring system, but, says Pery, “we decided to remove it. The demand for 5.1 mastering was too small so that we could stand the costs of a 5.1 installation equivalent to our current stereo system in every respect.”
This new mastering control room is a real asset to Studio Omega , as it complements what is already offered within the complex.
Pery explains: “We can offer to our clients the possibility to produce their full project under the same roof, from pre-production to mastering, including session recording and the final mixing.”
A Dangerous Music Master unit, Dangerous Music Liaison, Dangerous Music BAX EQ, Focusrite Blue 315, GML 9500, Maselec MLA-2 and an AMS Neve 1073 DPA Preamp Stereo are just some of the outboard equipment available.
A two-channel A-D/D-A Forssell MADA-2 and Lavry Gold AD122-96 MKIII converters are also featured.
The first project to have used this high-end mastering room was from Matthieu Mendès, an artist signed with EMI. More recently major French act Christophe Maé (Warner Bros Records) has used the facility.
The history of Studio Omega traces back to 1986 when recording engineer, managing director and founder Thierry Rogen created Studio Méga in Paris. In 1996, Studio Méga moved to new premises in Suresnes. After a buy-out in February 2006 by Véronique Pery, it was renamed Studio Omega.
Pery ends: “We are one of the last state-of-the-art Parisian studios and we want to keep going for a long time still. In the present economic environment, the only way to survive in music production is through diversification.”
Story: Guillaume Schouker