The Score Magazine July 2017 issue - Page 29

10 Recording studio essential according to Nisschal Zaveri 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Comfortable studio environment Clean power supply to avoid hums and buzz Efficient and friendly staff Good bathroom Good coffee or green tea/ chai. Different kinds of adaptors, EP to TRS, RCA to XLR etc etc UPS in case power goes, enough to save your session and shut down. 8. Lights for reading stands, (as some musicians require the reading light.) 9. Good headphone monitoring. 10. No threat of water leakage- especially important in Mumbai Monsoons Suggestions on Headphones, cables, studio Monitors, DAW software, Mic, and Audio interface He says “Sennheiser headphones are always reliable and studio friendly. We use them at ENZY. As a team building exercise, we had a workshop on how to solder wires and make cables. All the cables in the studio are handmade by me and the team. Everyone from the accountant to the receptionist knows how to fix and troubleshoot or make new cables if necessary” They have Dynaudio and Adams as their in house monitors, and also have reference monitors Avantone. “The choice of monitors was my personal preference and also a suggestion which was given by Westlake pro according to the room size and specifications” says Nisschal. ENZY works on ProTools as its main DAW and also have an option for Cubase and logic but the recording are all done according to ProTools I/O. Do's and Don’ts while setting up a studio • • • • • • • Must have passion/love for music Proper backups of all sessions is a must Proper acoustics room measurements are required Right team to carry out vision Proper designing team or a consultant is required Key is in the detail Air-conditioning, Proper HVAC systems so they don't interfere with recording • Machine room should also be air-conditioned • Proper inventory of equipment, microphones, should be always maintained ENZY has mix of analogue and digital equipment, using both mediums, and get the best of both worlds and ultimately the best final product. Some of the equipments are legendary vintage that are costly. But, there are many emulations and plug ins that are cheaper than the actual unit, like a 1176 emulation plug in. Nisschal strongly opposes the use of pirated softwares and plug-ins, and has made sure that each and every plug ins and softwares are 100% genuine. He says “As a part of the music industry we should join hands against piracy and do our bit even if it is buying songs”. What you need to know about ENZY Studios • Some of their clients include, A R Rahman, Pritam Chakraborty, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Visha Shekhar, Amal Malik, Anu Malik, Rochak Kohli, Jeet Ganguli, Sivamani, Ranjit Barot, Space NAtives(Los Angeles), Ricky Kej(Winds of Samsara), New York University, Coke Studio, MTV, GIMA, Farhan Akhtar Band, and many more. • Clients have access to 2 control rooms (2.1, 5.1 and 7.1), a 900q ft live recording theatre that can fit up to a 35-piece orchestra, and two additional ISO rooms (Isolation Rooms) which can collectively hold up to 65 musicians at the same time for one recording session. ENZY Studios also offers a private lounge, conference room and café-lounge • They have over 22kms worth of cabling that runs in and around ENZY Studios. • Recording facility in their bathroom to capture the natural reverb from the tiles. This also enables to actually take the microphone anywhere around the studio to record various sounds and various areas. This was a key added feature especially upon Nisschal’s request. • Houses different properties for musicians such as Live with the Legends, Behind the Sessions at ENZY Studios, Independent Fridays, and more. For more details, log on to EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE They have a wide variety of equipment in the studio and also have a big selection of microphones and in house instruments for clients to enjoy. Digital Audio Workstation and Convertors Protools 10 HDX2 Monitoring Dynaudio Program Equalizers Manley massive passive Effects Processors Eventide 7600 Lexicon PCM 90 AEA ribbon pre x2 Beta 52 x2 Tabla Ssl xlogic x1 Seinheisser 421 x2 Microphones Seinheisser 441 x2 TC Electronics Bass Amplifier Microtech Gefell x3 Akg 420 x1 Roland JC-120 Guitar Amplifier Pearlman tm1 x2 Earthworks x3 Pearl Drum-set Royer 121 x1 In-house Instruments Manoj Sardar Harmonium Motif XF-8 Keyboard A variety of Pedals and percussion instruments Adam s3v Microphone Preamplifiers Avantone John hardy M1 x4 Akg 414 x2 Dynamic processors Api 512 x2 Crown PZM x2 Distressor el8 x4 Great river x4 Sm 57 x5 1176 x1 Grace design x32 Sm 58 x5 Tubetech stereo compressor Summit audio x2 Sm 7 x1 Mojave ma300 x2 Moog Voyager Korg SP500 keyboard Korg TR keyboard Meinl Percussion Cajon The Score Magazine 27