The legendary Village Studios has stayed true to its long-time allegiance to Neve technology by installing a Genesys Black GB96 console at its West Los Angeles premises.
This celebrated facility, which over its 52 year history has played host to many of the world’s most famous recording artists, recently converted one of its private production suites into a new studio for T Bone Burnett, Mike Piersante and Zach Dawes. The three will equally share the space for common and solo endeavours, and when they are busy elsewhere the Village will use the room for its commercial clients.
At the heart of this new studio is the Genesys Black console – one of the largest to be installed anywhere in the world. With 64 faders and 48 analogue channel strips, the desk mixes 32 channels of vintage 1084 Neve EQ with 16 channels of contemporary 88R-style 4-band EQ to create a one of a kind console.
The console includes Neve mastering-grade AD/DA MADI conversion cards across every channel, delivering internal AD/DA conversion for 48 channel direct outputs, channel digital line inputs, and digital monitor returns over optical MADI connection.
Jeff Greenberg, who has owned the Village since the mid-1990s, describes the Genesys Black as the ideal console for today’s world.
“It is a fantastic compromise between old and new ways of recording because it delivers the great analogue sound of Neve, while easily enabling modern hybrid workflows,” he says. “It is also a perfect complement to the Neve consoles we already own, which include our much loved vintage 8048 in Studio A and two Neve 88R consoles with full Mix Recall in Studios B and D.”