In the center stands the vintage Harrison console. Automation is beautiful, but what about the sound? Well, the sound is stunning. The depth and dynamic range will surprise you. To improve the sound, 6000 parts have already been replaced. These modifications for our customers took a lot of time. The album Thriller by Michael Jackson was mixed by Bruce Swedien on a modified Harrison 32. It became the best-selling album of all time. Today Bruce still has his own 32 mixing desk.
Harrison has always been modest in Public Relations, but those who found the way to Harrison experienced great results. Think about the many hits of Abba, “Bad” from Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nations”, ELO “Don’t Bring Me Down”, and Sade’s albums “Promise” and “Smooth Operator”.
Also noticeable is that all outboard gear had been installed on top of the mixing table, which you seldom see in studios. With the intention of “staying in the sweet spot” all outboard gear is situated above the mixing table. This is indispensable for mixing and mastering. Everything can be operated without turning away from the speakers, and the instruments are easily legible. Famous international makes are found in the control room. You can find them under gear. For impressive listening we have ATC speakers at our disposal. Hung up, floating on a rail system, these can be placed on the desired central point.
The control room is 41 metres square, completely build on shock absorbers, and it has also the cosiness that we strive for in the whole studio.
In 2000 DVR Recording started using Harrison consoles. This product from Nashville can be called really impressive. In 1989 there was already a Series Ten with instant total recall.
Nowadays we talk about mixing in-the-box or mixing in the computer. This means that all settings and mix movements are recorded and accurately reproduced during playback. In this way complex mixing can be built up until the desired result has been achieved. Harrison already had this in 1989, not in-the-box, but in an analogue mixing table. Nowadays when you come to us you will find an analogue Harrison Series Twelve with 96 inputs, full dynamics, flying P&G faders and instant total recall. Unlike some brands who supposedly use “total recall”. There is indeed only recall after much turning of the buttons, which is time-consuming, and time costs money in the studio. The Series Twelve is actually instant total recall and analogue. Calling back a project happens as fast as in a DAW station: 1-2 seconds.
Special to this Series Twelve … this has a custom-made flat touchscreen built in the middle of the console. As far as we know, unique in the world, and one of the few built as a music recording console.