Starstruck Entertainment recently completed a new Dolby Atmos for Music mix room featuring a Solid State Logic System T S500-32 channel digital audio mixing console at the company’s management office and production studio complex on Nashville’s historic Music Row. An all-SSL facility, Starstruck Studios opened in the mid-1990s with two identical control rooms — each housing a 72-input SL9000J analogue mixing console with Total Recall and Ultimation — and soon became one of Nashville’s busiest music studios.
Starstruck Entertainment, founded in 1988 and owned and operated by Narvel Blackstock, develops and manages artists including Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Maggie Rose, Emily Ann Roberts, as well as a roster of producers and recording engineers. Starstruck Studios was launched with two music recording studios, The Gallery — famed for its unique balcony recording area — and The Pond, which have hosted productions by a who’s who of top international artists over the past 25 years.
Meeting the most stringent technical demands
Noted Nashville-based acoustician Michael Cronin of Michael Cronin Acoustic Construction designed and built Starstruck’s new Dolby Atmos mix room, which was previously a lounge and listening room. Cronin also expanded the room’s floor area to better meet the Dolby Atmos guidelines, moving the rear wall into an adjacent former technical area. Currently, the remaining area of that tech shop is being used for the preparation of projects scheduled for mixing in the Atmos room, such as stemming out older catalog material from the original multitrack recordings.
Daugherty oversaw the technical installation and integration in the new immersive mix room, which also features a 7.1.4 loudspeaker system from ATC. “The System T is Dante-based, and we’re using SSL’s conversion, which is also Dante. We also have an Avid MTRX to handle Pro Tools, so everything is Dante,” says Daugherty.
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