Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (February 3, 2021)—Audio electronics and loudspeaker manufacturer Bryston has been acquired by VP James Tanner in partnership with Colquhoun Audio, a manufacturer of premium audio products based in Canada. With the acquisition, Tanner has become the company’s CEO.
Tanner, who joined the company in 1976, noted that his first priority going forward is to strengthen relationships with the dealer community by adding new services, including an online portal for order processing; web-to-dealer referral service; expanded sales team; customer service hotline to provide real time support to dealers and consumers; expanded and modernized R&D and manufacturing at Bryston; and keeping the company based in Canada. Former CEO Chris Russell is retiring, but will remain active as a consultant with the company founded by his family decades ago.
“There are very few high-performance audio brands that offer the 40-plus year legacy of best-in-class products and award-winning services that Bryston does—and we are committed to providing our worldwide network of dealers with the tools they need to be even more successful,” Tanner said. “I am very excited about the next generation of products, beginning with the new BR-20 preamplifier scheduled to start shipping this month, as well as several stellar designs currently in development.”
North Hollywood, CA (November 3, 2020—Fever Recording owner Eric Milos recently swapped out the aging Solid State Logic 4048G console for an SSL Duality Delta Pro-Station desk in the facility’s main control room. “It sounds great, it looks great and the functionality, with Pro Tools control on the surface and the marriage of the console automation with the Pro Tools automation system, really gives you the best of both worlds,” he says.
Milos acquired Fever Recording, formerly owned and operated by multi-Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Warryn Campbell, at the tail end of 2016. The main studio, with its own tracking room, lounge and kitchen, is separate from the rest of the building, the other half of which houses three production rooms, rented to long-term clients, with shared amenities.
“There’s a gated back parking lot where you can pull in and walk straight into the studio. We’ve had a number of artists in who appreciate that privacy,” he says.
Milos, originally from Ohio, graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2010 and cut his engineering teeth at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. He subsequently hired on as an engineer at Clear Lake Recording, which chief audio engineer Brian Levi established in 1987. In 2012, Milos purchased the Clear Lake facility and much of the equipment in it.
Clear Lake’s Studio A was designed by George Augspurger. “It’s got a really great Trident 80B console. It has been a great tracking room for all of its life, with a wonderful sounding drum room and a great grand piano. We do everything—every style, every type of session,” says Milos, from large ensembles to solo vocals.
Pro Tools Ultimate and a Studer A827 tape machine are both available. Outboard, there is a Neve sidecar and various pieces of vintage Pultec, Eventide and Lexicon gear alongside some of the newer studio standard gear, plus classic Neumann, Sony and other tube mics. “There’s also a nice smattering of modern mics. We’ve never not had enough microphones for a session,” he says.
“When I took over, probably half the cool vintage equipment there. I could never dream of spending the money you would have to pay for it now.”
Milos built a B room in 2016 to handle overdubs, vocals, tracking and mixing. “It’s got an Avid D-Command and a basic set of outboard. We do a lot of vocal overdubs in there, for all genres of music, and we do a little bit of 5.1 mixing and some ADR.”
Two small production rooms, designated C and D, are leased out on a monthly basis. “In one room, we have a composer who has been with us for three or four years,” he says.
Fever Recording, located a couple of miles west along Burbank Blvd., underwent a bit of a remodel along with the Duality desk upgrade, says Milos, to give it more of a boutique hotel vibe. “We also got a few pieces of outboard gear, like the SSL Fusion, which everybody has been loving. The price-to-fun ratio has been excellent.”
The control room door barely cleared the old short-loaded 64-frame 4000G desk. “It was too big for the room. This Duality fits, and it looks like a spaceship,” says Milos, who bought the console, formerly at a N. Hollywood recording school, through Vintage King.
“I’ve done a couple of mixes on it; it’s so much fun and clients have been loving the Duality. I couldn’t be happier.”
The Duality behaves more like an SSL 9000 series desk, he says. “We can push it a little bit harder than a 4k. There have been occasions where we were getting a little bit of distortion on the master buss of the 4k, because we didn’t have the headroom for a massive 808.”
On the subject of headroom and 808 kick drums, Milos has also bolstered the Bryston-powered Augspurger main monitor system at Fever. “I added some dual-18 Meyer Sound subwoofers that I saw on Craigslist. It’s a great full-range system when you switch up to the mains. For the most part, people are up on the mains when they’re doing production and getting a feel for the song. Then they switch to the ATC25A nearfields for tracking and mixing, for more detail.” There is also a pair of Yamaha NS-10s.
“Anybody familiar with the 4k pretty much gets the Duality right away. In that studio, we do a lot of hip-hop and top-40 stuff, so there’s a lot of production—keyboards and that kind of stuff—and not a lot of full tracking. The Duality is nice for the situation where there are 20 people in the control room, and everything is interfaced, and being able to control Pro Tools.”
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO (PTA) — Every definition of the word honor is at play here. Brian Russell was the President of Bryston, and a well known figure in hi-fi for several decades. His work at the helm of Bryston placed the company and subsequently himself into a position of high esteem among competitors and peers. Russell passed away last month, and with his passing comes mourning throughout the industry. The Bryston team chose to honor Russell in a fitting way with the renaming of a recently scheduled-to-release product. If you’re a fan or follower of the Bryston product story, you’ll be familiar with Bryston preamplifiers having he prefix BP in the model number. For the new preamplifier, it was a fitting tribute to break with tradition and bestow the new analog preamplifier with a BR in observance of their fallen leader. Press Release Below Bryston Introduces the BR-20 Preamplifier The BR-20 breaks new ground, merging Bryston’s brand new, best-ever analog preamplifier with our award-winning DAC and bit-perfect high-resolution streaming capability all into a single chassis Music enthusiasts can connect up to 14 analog and digital source components plus enjoy built-in high-resolution streaming from Qobuz, Tidal, and access to their own music [...]
“Are you busy right now?” said the text from Von Schweikert Audio’s Leif Swanson. “Come back to the room when you can. We made a change.” This was back at the 2019 Capital Audiofest where Von Schweikert Audio and VAC were once again showing off what I call The System, approximately $1.5 million worth of high-end audio gear that usually snags Best Sound at Show Awards by an almost unfair margin. The loudspeakers that are used in The System most of the time are Von Schweikert’s own Ultra 11s, massive beasts that cost $325,000/pair. When I returned to the exhibit room, I discovered that Leif and VSA’s Damon Von Schweikert had replaced the Ultra 11s with the $25,000/pair ESEs (Endeavor Special Edition). Leif knew I would want to hear these much smaller speakers in The System because I had a pair of them at home for review. I’m not going to tell you that the ESEs were in the same ballpark as the Ultra 11s, because that would probably kill sales of the 11s overnight. No, that wasn’t the case at all. BUT. The Von Schweikert Audio ESEs were so good in The System that the show pair had sold [...]
This is the final entry borne from that magical In Living Stereo room at last year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. I started with the precious, jewel-like Mactone MH-120 power amplifier and XX-7000 preamplifier, continued with the mighty yet affordable Hana ML phono cartridge and now I’m finishing up with the very product that lured me into that room in the first place—the Trenner and Friedl Osiris loudspeakers. As I’ve mentioned in those other reviews, I chose to cover the In Living Stereo room because my friend Bob Clarke, who heads Profundo Audio in Texas, brought a pair of the Osiris to the show and asked me to stop by. I was eager to do so because the Osiris, the smallest model among Trenner and Friedl’s floorstanders, was perhaps the only model I hadn’t heard up to that point. (While researching this review, I was shocked to discover that two new models, the Phi and the Taleisin, have also been introduced over the last couple of years.) As many of you already know, I’ve owned the first generation of the Trenner and Friedl ART monitors for almost a decade now, and I last year I reviewed the new generation of the [...]