Waterford, CT, December 2017 – Power Station New England, founded in 1995 and located in picturesque Waterford, Connecticut, celebrated the 2017 rebirth of the recording studio with a party for over 100 guests. The party included a performance by the popular folk-rock band Ballroom Thieves, which is filmed for release by the end of the year.
The studio installed an immaculately restored historic Neve 8068 MkII and SSL 4064G+ consoles as part of the massive expansion and grand reopening. At the center of the 2017 rebirth is the main recording space with signature 35-foot dome, plus four isolation spaces and the historic control room A, which now features the vintage Neve. The entirely new Studio B mix room features the SSL.
Power Station NE recreates the exact design and acoustics of the original Power Station in New York City, which was designed and built in 1976. It was acquired by The Berklee College of Music this year and renamed as Power Station BerkleeNYC. The Manhattan studio is one of the most awarded recording studios in history, thanks to an acoustical design that contributed to hundreds of Gold and Platinum records.
Console legend Ed Evans was on hand for the PSNE celebration and official commissioning of the Neve 8068, which was originally installed at Electric Lady Studio in NYC in 1979, and most recently at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota. The console played a role in historic recordings by such artists as John Lennon, AC/DC, Van Halen, and Nirvana.
"I was quite careful to not change the character of the original 8068, since it is one of my favorite designs by Neve,” says Evans. “My goal was to add some needed functionality to make it more compatible with the way people work today.”
PSNE’s new Studio B, known as the Mix Room, features the SSL 4064 G+, which previously resided at Royaltone Studios in Los Angeles, later renamed Kung Fu Gardens by owner Linda Perry. Grammy and TEC Award-winning mix engineer Bob Clearmountain commented, “I believe the 4000 G+ series of SSL consoles to be the best mixing desk the company ever produced -- or any other company, for that matter.”
Additional equipment incorporated into the 2017 reopening of Power Station New England is a prized collection of gear supplied through Vintage King Audio. Highlights include Pro Tools 56-channel HD-X; 56 Channels of AVID HD i/o; API 3124, Mercury m72, Chandler TG-2, and Shadow Hills mic pre’s; two EL-8x Distressors; Retro STA Level; SPL Transient Designer; and microphones: Bock 251, two Coles 4038s, two Flea m49s, Neumann m269c, and two Royer 121 Ribbons.
ABOUT POWER STATION NEW ENGLAND
Power Station New England is located within the Sonalysts, Inc. media complex, which houses five full production stages suitable for large scale concert rehearsal and multi-camera video production. Full crews, HD cameras and post-production are available onsite. The largest of five shooting stages is 15,000 sq. ft. with a 42’ ceiling. Waterford is located in scenic Southeastern Connecticut, surrounded by water on three sides and intersected by two major interstate highways. Situated two hours from New York City and Boston, Waterford features a variety of accommodations and numerous fine restaurants.