Utah Recording Studio Installs Yamaha NUAGE
Poll Sound of Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah, recently incorporated a Yamaha NUAGE advanced production DAW system into their recording studio. The company, which offers audio/visual design, installation, rentals, and event production, also has the added benefit of an in-house recording studio for voiceovers, music recording, mastering, and live recording mix downs. The Poll Sound studio has one control room linked to several recording rooms with analog and network lines running to each room and utilizing Yamaha Rio input/output units for more input channels.
“We first learned about NUAGE through our Yamaha sales representative, Randy Weitzel,” states Brad Wadsworth, live/recording engineer at the Poll Sound studio. “After receiving a demo and then when simply putting my hands on the control surface, I was instantly impressed with the ease of inserting and controlling the parameters of plug-ins. And, as soon as I saw how fast I could perform editing functions, I was sold! I do a lot of live mixing, and the NUAGE surface felt as close to a live console as anything I had used.”
Wadsworth said that every one of Poll Sound’s clients who have seen NUAGE has been impressed. “One of the first clients that touched our system ended up purchasing one for his own studio a couple of months later, says Wadsworth. He was already a Nuendo user, but I was amazed how quickly he got around on the surface.”
Shortly thereafter, Wadsworth noted, another client who had never used Nuendo or NUAGE rented the studio, and Wadsworth sat in on the client’s mix session the first day for a couple of hours, then left him alone, and he was able to work the rest of the day asking minimal questions. “By the following day, he was working on his own. It was a testament to the layout of the control surface and the elimination of needing to know key commands or menus for the software.”
When asked about NUAGE features that aid Wadsworth in working on Poll Sound projects, he said ‘it’s all about the hands-on control and quick access to whatever parameter you want. The user assignable keys, both on the surface and the touch screen, speed up my workflow significantly, and so has the channel view control. It is so nice to be able to “pull” the channels you want to you, or hide or lock any of them so you aren’t spending your time searching for tracks. The ability to control plug-in and EQ parameters, including assigning via the encoders, is also another plus.”
Wadsworth said having the headphone cue mixes built into the surface including the option of quickly dialing up mixes via the fader flip mode has also made NUAGE feel like a real console rather than just a control surface. “One of the biggest assets NUAGE has to offer is the layout of the master unit, especially the jog wheel and surrounding buttons. Yamaha has done a great job at placing those crucial and frequently accessed parameters at your fingertips.”
Poll Sound has used NUAGE on various in-house and live recording projects including The 23rd Army Band Veteran’s Day Live Concert, Kevin Stout and Brian Booth Color Country Mastering Project, Sally Bytheway Choral Live Christmas Concert, and has filmed multiple NUAGE tutorials for customer demonstration purposes.