HKX Productions, the creative content studio for Havas UK based in the HKX building in Kings Cross contacted Kazbar for advice about a high quality recording and production facility for their new office space situated in Kings Cross, London.
Key requirements for the booth itself were:
Flexibility and space efficiency
They needed a flexible solution, so if required, the facility could be
deconstructed and moved to a different part of the building or a new location.
The booth would be situated on a busy floor, surrounded by noise
from both within and outside the building.
Noise-free air circulation within the booth
For freshness and focus.
Additional requirements were; lights, an LCD Display to be used as text and sync reference
for recording artists, and a complete recording system.
The Isolation Booth
HAVAS chose the StudioBricks double walled vocal booth to provide an acoustically accurate and isolated space for recording voiceovers and narrations.The booth required a number of modifications
in order to perform to the required standard.
Kazbar Systems designed and constructed a custom floating floor solution onto which the booth was installed to eliminate
structural borne vibration from footfall traffic compromising recordings.
Kazbar Systems also supplied a custom attenuator solution to allow integration of the existing HVAC system into the
booth providing noise free air circulation allowing extended periods of recording to take place.
The Recording System
HAVAS required a compact, stable and versatile recording system that could be operated by both in house and external
Kazbar specified Pro Tools 2018 software combined with a Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII Quad, Neumann U87 microphone and
a high specification Mac Book Pro. Like all DAW systems purchased from Kazbar; the system was delivered pre installed, configured and tested, enabling
recordings to take place immediately.
Cabling & Monitoring
Kazbar also provided bespoke audio, video and data cabling, headphone amplifiers, a Kaotica Eyeball to further reduce
acoustic reflections within the booth, and two pairs of Focal Listen Pro Headphones.
With over 20 years experience in the field, Dave Eccleston, Kazbar System’s Technical Manager, provided onsite training to
HAVAS staff. The training included an introduction to recording techniques, editing and signal processing, the Universal Audio console software and a range
of additional software processors.
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