Grammy nominated and Juno Award-winning producer and engineer Garth “GGGarth" Richardson recently gave the setup at his Farm Studios a complete overhaul, courtesy of Focusrite’s RedNet range of Dante-networked audio converters and interfaces. Headliner caught up with Richardson to learn how they’ve provided him with the freedom to record literally anywhere on his property...
When the Coronavirus pandemic became all too apparent in March last year, Richardson decided it was the perfect time to completely rebuild the control room and live room in his studio, a beautifully unique facility on a sprawling, wooded estate just north of Vancouver which he has called home since 2002.
“This is actually what I call my version 8.0 of the studio,” begins Richardson with a smile. “I didn’t want that typical bunker studio where you go in the front door and then the room gets locked up and you never see the light of day. Here I have tonnes of windows, lots of scenery and some amazing views where you can watch the day come and go.”
After spending a lot of time trying out different recording consoles in his control room, Richardson eventually settled on SSL’s AWS Delta Analogue console, and upon discovering an entirely new workflow at his fingertips, he set about fully modernising the space.
In addition to the cosmetic and acoustical upgrades that he’s made to his control room, Richardson has installed a Dante-networked system comprising three RedNet A16R 16-channel analogue I/O interfaces, two RedNet HD32R 32-channel HD Dante network bridges, a RedNet MP8R eight-channel mic pre and A/D converter, a RedNet X2P 2x2 Dante audio interface and two compact RedNet AM2 stereo audio monitoring units.