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 as follows:
-Flexibility and space efficiency , so that if required, the facility could be deconstructed and moved to a different part of the building, or a new location.
-Sufficient soundproofing , as the booth would be 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 recording engineers.
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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