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New Detroit Studio Launches

Mike (left) and Robin Kinnie of Audio Engineers of Detroit.
Mike (left) and Robin Kinnie of Audio Engineers of Detroit.

Detroit, MI (June 2, 2021)—Audio Engineers of Detroit has opened a new recording studio offering commercial voiceover, podcast, music recording, stereo, surround and immersive mixing, audio restoration, location sound and audio-visual services, with a 32 channel Neve Genesys Black console as its centerpiece.

“Some years ago, I had the pleasure of mixing on a vintage Neve console and fell in love with the sound,” says Mike Kinnie, founder and vice president of Audio Engineers of Detroit. “We wanted that Neve sound for the new studio and we also wanted a console that had DAW control, so it made sense to us, after researching different consoles, to choose the AMS Neve Genesys Black console.

“It does make life easier, and it makes a difference knowing that you have options in terms of the way you want to work — traditional or in the box. Most of our clients prefer ‘in the box’, but it is great that we can give them a choice. Having this console will also help our students develop their engineering skills — I know it has already helped develop mine.”

Kinnie, who began his career in live sound before moving into studio recording, runs Audio Engineers of Detroit with his wife and company president, Robin Kinnie. The company also offers an education program that teaches students the skills and techniques needed to follow a career in professional audio.

Robin Kinnie regularly speaks on amplifying diverse voices and serves as the Detroit Chapter head of Soundgirls.org. Motor City Woman Studios, of which Robin is also President, aims to amplify the voices of women and tackle themes of diversity and inclusion.

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The couple opened their first studio in 2016 after realizing the need for a quality internet broadcasting voiceover facility that was both affordable and accessible. “The studio started as a digital radio station and has now expanded to producing podcasts, audiobooks and voiceovers,” Robin explains. “We also offer digital courses, workshops and partner with the community.”

Audio Engineers of Detroit is a separate venture that has taken six years to bring to fruition. Choosing equipment for the new studio required careful thought because it had to fulfil two functions – commercial and educational. The Kinnies were guided by Dave Malekpour of Pro Audio Design, who advised them throughout the project.

“Working with Dave and his team has been a pleasure,” Mike says. “They have achieved and exceeded our goals by helping us to purchasing the right equipment for our needs. I first came across Dave in 2003 when I read an article, he wrote on how to set up a recording studio. We didn’t actually meet until 2018 and it was only when we began putting this studio together that I ran across that article and realized the Dave that I was working with was the same man who wrote the article that was so inspirational to me.”

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Original Resource is ProSoundNetwork.com

SugarHill Upgrades Desk with GenesysControl

The long-running SugarHill Studios in Houston have upgraded the facility’s Neve Genesys Black console for total integration with DAWs.
The long-running SugarHill Studios in Houston have upgraded the facility’s Neve Genesys Black console for total integration with DAWs.

Houston, TX (May 22, 2020)—SugarHill Recording Studios in Houston, TX, has upgraded its Neve Genesys Black console, installing the GenesysControl plug-in to enable total integration with DAWs.

The Genesys Black console is installed in SugarHill’s Goldstar room, originally built in 1964 and designed by Jack Clement, who also designed the Sun Recording Studios in Nashville, TN. SugarHill has completed many sessions on the console for artists such as Chance the Rapper, George Thorogood, Kevin Gates, 21 Savage, Maxo Kream and North Mississippi Allstars. Most recently, Finley has been mixing an album for The Killer Hearts, which will be released soon on Spaghetty Town Records.

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SugarHill studio engineer Stephen Finley says, “In 2018, we installed our Genesys Black G32 console with 16 analog channels. It is a fantastic console and we all really love the preamps and EQs. We have 16 Neve 1084s, which make everything sound better — just a little always helps. We also have one eight-channel bank of dynamics that I like to use while tracking drums as its helps to tame some hits. I use very little gain reduction.”

Finley says investing in the GenesysControl plug-in has brought an entirely new dimension to the studio’s workflow. “I enjoy being able to automate my drum busses on the 8T [8 track] section during choruses for extra excitement. Also, being able to have the automation plug-in on all my tracks, put all the tracks in Pro Tools into the Neve at a touch and finalize any volume automation on the fly is very helpful. With the new GenesysControl plug-in and the console’s recall software, recalling a mix and making an adjustment is now a fairly easy task — depending on your patching, of course.”

Founded by Bill Quinn as Quinn Recording Studio in 1941, the facility was renamed Gold Star Studio in 1950 and eventually became SugarHill in 1972 when it was acquired and renamed by notorious producer Huey P. Meaux. The studio is now owned by Stephen Finley, Fred “Bubba” Hightower and Ryan Youngblood, collectively known as The Hightower Group.

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