How do you fit everything in to such a confined space?
We have a sky track system so you can attach lights, cameras, mics, and speakers, and it’s really cool. The need for this was based on our frustration in the States where everything was on stands and you’re constantly bumping in to stuff.
We wanted to create a system so that we could have separation and have a session going on up front and in the back, and besides the sound reduction we wanted visual reduction as well.
The brain of both studios is built around Mac pros. We also have a Newtek TriCaster, which provides all our ability for live streaming, but also for any kind of switching that we want to do. It’s pretty much the industry standard, a lot of TV productions are using them for sporting events and other productions, so they’ve become a significant partner.
What instruments do you have on board?
Obviously we have a full compliment of traditional musical instruments as well, built around a digital piano and V-Drums from Roland. We have more instruments in a trailer we pull round as well. When we have the space and the weather is appropriate, we have tents that we set up outside.
We have additional instruments in the trailer so we can get more people hands on, so we have a drum set, keyboards, guitars and all that – what I call the petting zoo experience. Lots of the time we’ll have people jamming in the tents.
We use the back room more for audio and the back for video, but you can do either in either. We have sets of switchable doors, and the crew sleeps in bunks at the back. The thing that’s really cool about that room is that it becomes an isolation booth, so we can use it for acoustic guitars or vocals. We can also close the doors for guitar isolation.
Then the final thing, the reason I’m really into this back room, is this material – it’s made by a company called Reflec Media, and in five seconds we can surround the whole room in this fabric. It has millions of reflective glass beads in it, and this becomes our green screen room.