You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Our Conference and collaboration space were custom designed for creation and presentation in mind. Equipped with three 55 inch Sony 4K displays, blended together for seamless large screen pre-production or accessed separately using content from any device from any location. At the head of the table lives a mounted 75” Sony display capable of either vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) configuration used for digital signage, app development, testing and unique presentation design.
Our conference space doubles as a place for creative play as the boardroom setting flips into a pool table and entertainment venue. After a long day of crunching the numbers and rehearsing the presentation, it’s always a good idea for a friendly game and some fun.
Another place to relax, think, write, plan and collaborate. Our living room environment has all the comforts of home, good vibes and all of the technology of today’s modern smart house, with media and screens accessible for work and entertainment.
Editorial Suite 1
Our complete 4K Cinema Editorial Suite 1 is centered around the award winning content tools of the Adobe Creative Cloud and driven by a custom configured Mac Pro. Tied to the A of the I EVO in-house media server, it allows for the highest level of editorial accomplishment, streamlined workflow, and the creation of amazing and emotionally connected content. All our suites include the “comforts of home” with ergonomic desks, studio chairs and comfortable producer seating, 27” 4K edit monitors, and OLED large screen displays using Blackmagic 4K distribution.
Editorial Suite 2
The power of color is at the core of this powerful DaVinci Resolve Colorization Suite. Editorial in concert with specialized colorization hardware and software takes cinematography and storytelling to the next level. The hardware Tangent gives the colorist complete human touch like a painter creating just the right balance and saturation of composition to create a true masterpiece. Editorial Suite 2 is powered Mac work station, and includes Adobe Creative Suite, and is also tied to the studio’s EVO media server for customized and collaborative workflow. This room also boasts the Unity Gaming software as a component of the A of the I VR development.
Part rehearsal space, film shoot, photography, music tracking, motion capture, Chroma Key, and podcasting, the performance studio boasts the very name of which is represents. We create focus groups for brands here too.
Sound Design Studio
World class recording and sound design studio centered around a beautifully designed API console together with the most sophisticated modern recording technology available in the industry. There is an obvious reason why this space is located at the center of our Chicago brick and mortar studio location as it is the heartbeat of our company’s soul.
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Equipped with the finest audio production tools in the business, AOFTHEI’s music and sound design control room were hand-crafted with every detail in mind. The brainchild of former A&M Recording Studios alumni, Duane Tornquist and Roland Alvarez, incorporating an analog front in together with the latest in digital technology, this room is sure to please the most sophisticated golden ears in the industry.
Making music and designing cinematic soundscapes in surround, 360 immersive and virtual environments are all possible due to the custom constructed patch bay and signal flow built-in to the studio’s design, ensuring that every possibility is available and easily accessible for creative tracking and mixing sessions.
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API 1608 16 Channel Console with 550A EQ
API has rightfully earned its place in the music history books, not to mention the hearts of all kinds of engineers. Here, you get the premium analog circuitry and unmistakable mojo of a straight-from-the-'60s API console. If you're wanting to tap into historic API sound, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better console than the API 1608.
Avid Pro Tools S3
Pro Tools S3 delivers intelligent control over every aspect of Pro Tools and other DAWs. But don’t let its small size fool you. It packs enormous power to handle large sessions and turn around projects faster. The result: you get the exceptional, dynamic performance to deliver the best sounding mix possible—on time, every time.
ATC SCM45A Pro Studio Monitors
If you want to make great-sounding recordings that "translate" to the world outside your studio, accurate monitors are a must. You can't go wrong with the studio monitors trusted by George Massenburg, Chuck Ainlay, Nathaniel Kunkel, and many other world-renowned engineers. The ATC SCM45A Pro is an active 3-way with a 1" dual-suspension Super Tweeter, a 3" soft-dome midrange driver, and two 6.5" short-coil carbon-paper cone bass drivers. The system is amplified by a custom, discrete MOSFET Class A/B tri-amp pack. ATC monitors are handmade in the U.K. using cutting-edge components and processes.
JBL LSR308i Studio Monitors with JBL S2SEX 15” Sub
Delivering professional performance, 3 Series Powered Studio Monitors are first to incorporate JBL’s exciting new technology, the Image Control Waveguide. In conjunction with 3 Series high-performance transducers and system components, the Image Control Waveguide lets you hear detail and depth in recordings as you've never heard before. You'll experience greater depth and ambience in recordings. Subtle details can be heard, even in a dense mix.
Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II
Symphony I/O Mk II is a multi-channel audio interface featuring Apogee’s newest flagship AD/DA conversion, modular I/O (up to 32 inputs and outputs), intuitive touchscreen display and optional world-class microphone preamps. Designed to deliver professional sound quality for audio recording, mixing and mastering, Symphony I/O Mk II is the ultimate music production centerpiece for any modern studio.
Tube Tech Compressor CL1B
Tube-Tech CL 1B is one of those units that has a defined personality while still being useful on a variety of sound sources in a variety of situations. It can be used for a calm and natural dynamic control, but depending on your settings, it can bring out punch and life from any material. Because of its way of treating the signal differently depending on the frequency content, it gets a lot of love when used on material with a wide frequency range, such as an electric bass that both needs low end control and a snappy presence, or an acoustic guitar that needs to be large sounding and close to the listener.
Universal Audio 1176LN
Upon its release in 1967, the 1176 Limiting Amplifier became an instant classic because of its unique lightning-fast attack and release times, musical Class A output stage, and its wide range of sounds, ranging from subtle, near-transparent compression, to all-out drive and distortion.
Universal Audio’s 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier is a handbuilt, faithful reproduction of Bill Putnam Sr.’s original visionary design — an iconic piece of audio history that had a hand behind classic recordings from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and more.
Neve 33609 N Stereo Compressor
The Neve 33609/N Stereo Compressor offers comprehensive limiting and compression facilities for music recording, mastering, post production and broadcast applications. The combination of hand-wired transformers and gain reduction circuitry produces a sound quality which is often duplicated, yet seldom achieved by any other compressor / limiter. Coupled with the unit’s unparalleled ease of use, this inimitable sound quality has made the 33609 a worldwide studio standard for three decades.
Vintage Audio X73 Preamp
Since 1997, Vintech has been manufacturing quality pro audio equipment based on original classic designs that have become standards in the industry. The X73 is a single-channel microphone preamp/equalizer based on the venerable 1073 channel strip module, with the original circuit design, the same polystyrene capacitors and the same transformers, ensuring that the X73 sounds exactly like the old 1073...back in the day, when the Neve unit was brand spanking new!
API 512c Vibes Preamp
While it's entirely accurate to call the API 512c an excellent all-around microphone preamp, that doesn't do it justice. The API 512c is arguably the most popular 500 Series module available, offering every bit of the classic API console sound in a single-channel 500 Series format. Some describe the character as "pure." Some call it "fast." However you define it, the 512c delivers 100% API sound...versatile and timeless.
Little Labs lmnoPre Preamp
The limited edition Lmnopre Microphone Preamplifier is not another reissue of a vintage design, but a totally NEW microphone preamplifer. It not only sounds fantastic, but gives you new options allowing you to explore deeper into the control of sound.
Neumann U 87 Ai
The Neumann U 87 Ai is the modern incarnation of a classic microphone. The mic’s popularity is easy to understand: it ushered in a new era of audio fidelity and reliability, and with three selectable polar patterns (cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8), plus a switchable highpass filter and 10dB pre-attenuation pad, the mic is incredibly versatile, and an ideal choice for a broad range of recording techniques.
Everything taking place on the Performance Stage can be viewed in the studio's main screen via 360 degree camera. The video toggle allows the board engineer to move, pan and tilt the camera at will.
Hear Back System
Our Hear Back system consists of a Hub and personal Mixers connected using standard CAT5E cables. A single Hub supplies signal and power to a maximum of eight Mixers. That’s one for you and everybody in the band. If that’s not enough, the Hubs can be daisy-chained using the HearBus In and Out for virtually unlimited system size. The Hear Back Hub can accept analog input signals from audio mixers, auxiliary, matrix, monitor and/or direct outputs.
Custom TT Patch Bay
This custom patch panel is tied to other custom panels throughout each studio and room of Artists of the Industry, allowing quick and simple connectivity to the Sound Design Studio from virtually anywhere.
In the Sound Design Studio and want to watch or communicate with the band? Our SDS monitor is tied directly to our 360 degree rotating camera in the Performance Stage. Our engineers can communicate with band, or view the digital mixing console and editing windows. Or just watch the Cubs win two World Series' back to back.
Additional Equipment Not Shown
At the Producers Desk, in the rear of the Sound Design Studio are several pieces of equipment worthy of notice.
- Yamaha Montage 88 Key Synthesizer
- Empirical Labs Distressors
- API 500 Series Lunchbox
- Custom microphone and signal input panels
- App controlled custom lighting with over a million colors and combinations located throughout the Sound Design Studio and Performance Stage areas to create that perfect vibe
Additionally, the Producers Desk has a custom setup that allows connectivity from any client laptop to any screen in the entire studio. Have your own system plugins you require for your recording? The Desk and allows you to not only apply your own plugins, but mix from your own laptop simply by using an HDMI or USB cable.