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JANUARY 31, 2013 9:49PM

Bob Ezrin visits Nimbus Studios' open house

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Yeah I'm, late with this.  But better I post it late than not at all.

 The world famous record producer Bob Ezrin visited Nimbus Studios for their open house on November 17, 2012.  Bob owns part of Nimbus and stated he comes to Vancouver at least four times a years.  He is finishing or has just finisheda comeback album for Deep Purple and is also working with more contemporary artists like will.i.am, Jay-Z, and Taylor Swift.

The open house was a chance to tour a recording studio that also trains recording engineers. I have taken some sound engineering courses in the past and was the engineer for a once a week radio program on Co-op Radio during the eighties - so I was interested to see what a modern recording studio looked like.

Unfortunately I've lost my notes so I'll just post these photos - with some limited information in some of the captions.

Our tour guide.  All staff are either employed or are students at Nimbus.

Our tour guide.

 

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This and the preceding picture are of a small studio we visited first.

This and the preceding picture are of a small studio we visited first.

 

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  This is the Studio A control room.  The main studio in a recording studio, radio or TV station. etc. is always studio A.

This is the Studio A control room.  The main studio in a recording studio, radio or TV station, etc., is always studio A.

 

The Studio A main board.

The Studio A main board.

 

Another angle of the Studio A main board.  Musicians were in the studio recording while the tour was occurring.

Another angle of the Studio A main board.  Musicians were in the studio recording while the tour was occurring.

 

Another angle of the Studio A main board.  The bass player behing the glass is recording a track.

Another angle of the Studio A main board.The bass player behind the glass is recording a track.

 

  Another angle of the Studio A main board.  The tangle of wires on the right are patch cables - used to wire the sound board a certain way.

Another angle of the Studio A main board.  The tangle of wires on the right are patch cables - used to wire the sound board a certain way.

 

A blurry pic of the world famous record producer Bob Ezrin. 

A blurry pic of the world famous record producer Bob Ezrin.

 

Bob Ezrin.

Bob Ezrin.

Bob Ezrin.

 

  A recording area.  Note the organ in the corner.

A recording area.  Note the organ in the corner.

 

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  They keep the organ around because they use it from time to time.

They keep the organ around because they use it from time to time.

 

A different studio control room.  The monitor is displaying sound waves on tracks of a recording.

A different studio control room.  The monitor is displaying sound waves on tracks of a recording.

 

  Another view of the board. The patch panel with patch cords hanging from it are to the right of the board.

Another view of the board. The patch panel with patch cords hanging from it is to the right of the board.

 

Same control room - more of its equipment.  Note the two inch tape machine on the right.  Most recording is done straight to a computer's hard drive now but tape is still used when a 'warmer' sound is wanted.

 Same control room - more of its equipment.  Note the two inch tape machine on the right.  Most recording is done straight to a computer's hard drive now but tape is still used when a 'warmer' sound is wanted.  Very few companies manufacture tape these days and it's very expensive - something like $200 a roll. 

 

Another shot of that control room.

A different studio control room.  Sorry about the redeye.

A different studio control room.  Sorry about the redeye.

 

The studio control room mixing board.

The studio control room mixing board.

 

The same studio control room showing electronic keyboards on the right.  This studio is used for modern music recording and electronic instruments don't need to be isolated in a sound proof room.


The same studio control room showing electronic keyboards on the right.  This studio is used for modern music recording and electronic instruments don't need to be isolated in a sound proof room.
 

 Finally - the last studio control room:

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Good shot of the mixing board in this control room - it looks like a 24 track board.

Good shot of the mixing board in this control room - looks like a 24 track board. 

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So that's what Bob Ezrin looks like. After decades of listening to album's he's produced, such as Lou Reed's "Berlin," it's nice to be able to put a face to a name. And thanks for the shots of Nimbus studios.