Filipetti Selects Euphonix for Studio B Upgrade
Home Base at New York’s Right Track Recording Gets System 5 Console
Palo Alto, CA– Aug 31st 2005
Independent producer/engineer Frank Filipetti recently took delivery of a Euphonix System 5-M console for his “home base” studio housed at New York’s famed Right Track Recording. Right Track’s Studio B has been home to Filipetti’s music production activities for the past 12 years, and with the installation of the System 5, Studio B serves as his personal facility whenever he is in New York and, in his absence; the room is available for bookings.
Prior to the System 5, Filipetti had been working on a Capricorn. Filipetti reports, “I began looking for a smaller format digital console, but after being accustomed to the features provided by a large format board, I couldn’t go back. I needed to find a way to get a large, digital console.”
One aspect of the System 5 that particularly impressed Filipetti is its assignable center section, enabling him to gain immediate access to those mix elements most critical at any given point in time. “It’s such a mood buster to have to go to the far end of a console to access the faders you need when you’re mixing in a surround environment,” notes Filipetti. “If you leave the sweet spot, it’s far more difficult to execute surround pans or check on delicate balances among instruments. Once you work at a digital console like the System 5 that has an assignable center section, where you can position the faders and functions you most critically need access to, you get spoiled.”
Filipetti’s System 5 consists of a 48-fader control surface with support for 166 channels. The mixer’s I/O configuration includes 96 channels over MADI, 48 channels via AES/EBU, and another 48 analog channels. Prior to the console’s installation, Filipetti re-wired Studio B and tells us, “This installation was as easy as I’ve ever seen for a large format console. When it came time to place the System 5, we plugged it in and there really wasn’t much more that needed to be done. We had the entire system in place in a matter of 2-3 days, which compared to an analog console is a walk in the park. Euphonix’ customer support was first rate during the installation and remains that way today. The company has been extremely responsive to my suggestions, and it’s working out to be a great relationship.”
Among the list of notable projects completed or in process on Filipetti’s System 5 is Elton John’s The Red Piano, the artist’s ongoing show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. “Working with Phil Ramone,” says Filipetti, “we’re creating a special for NBC that will air during the fall network sweeps period, as well as a full length version of the show for release on DVD.” Additional projects include a forthcoming Ray Charles offering (also produced with Phil Ramone), tracking the latest Korn album, six songs from vocalist Linda Eder’s latest album, plus music for two Broadway shows— Monty Python’s Spamalot and another play called All Shook Up.
When queried about the System 5’s features he appreciates most, Filipetti was quick to note the console’s programmability, recall capabilities, and sound quality. “I love the console’s automation,” says Filipetti, “It works the way I work, and the learning curve was really quite a natural process. This is a great sounding system—the Euphonix mic preamps are first rate.”
When asked what he’d likely tell prospective System 5 customers, Filipetti responded, “I love the fact that at any point in time, I can look at the Aux’s, the EQ, the input structure, or anything else I want—it’s all right there in front of me—and the metering is superb. Still, with all of its great features, what most appealed to me was the System 5’s sound quality. The fact that the console’s ergonomics, customer support, and functionality is superb, is icing on the cake.”
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