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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, July 13, 2011 —  Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on   the needs of professional users, recently provided a complete design and   build solution for GRAMMY®-winning producer and songwriter Emile   Haynie’s new production facility in Manhattan. GC Pro Account Manager   Niyi Adelekan, based at GC Pro’s New York City office, oversaw the   project, supplying and consulting on the equipment. Adelekan worked   alongside GC Pro Affiliate program member Horacio Malvicino and   Malvicino Design Group of Forest Hills, New York, who provided   acoustical design and treatment as well as systems integration services.

“GC Pro took care of just about everything,” reports Haynie, who won a GRAMMY for his work on Eminem’s 2010 album release, Recovery,   and also works with Kanye West and Kid Cudi, among others. “I couldn’t   be happier with what Niyi and Horacio did. They made it really easy  for  me. When you’re a record producer and you’re about to spend a ton  of  money on equipment, you have to make sure it all goes together. They   really understood what I do and the way that I work, and helped walk  me  through the process and pick out the right equipment.”

The  studio design and equipment choices were driven by  his production and  songwriting process, explains Haynie, who relies on a  large collection  of vintage keyboards when building tracks. “I want to  be able to lay  something down on the keyboards, hit Record and not have  to think about  routing and patching. And if somebody gets an idea, they  need to be  able to cut vocals immediately. As a producer you can get  caught up  with having to do too much technological stuff when you just  want to be  creative.”
At  the center of Haynie’s set-up is a Solid State Logic  Matrix console.  “I really wanted to get the cleanest possible signal  path that I could  from the keyboards to Pro Tools, and I feel like I got  that – my stuff  going in has never sounded this good,” he comments.  Monitoring, another  critical element, is handled by pair of Genelec  1038B Three-Way Active  Monitors plus a Genelec 7071A Dual 15-inch Active  Subwoofer. “They  sound amazing,” he says. “And I hear low end in a  whole new way now!”

Haynie  had initially considered purchasing preamps that  would add color to  his keyboard sounds. But, he says, “All my keyboards  are vintage, so  that’s all taken care of. Niyi suggested API 3124+  four-channel preamps  because he’s had a lot of luck with people tracking  keyboards through  them, and they work great.” When he does want to add  color, Haynie has  various options available, including a Universal Audio  LA-610 recording  channel, Thermionic Culture Vulture stereo valve  distortion and  SoundToys plug-ins.
Haynie  had met with various studio designers but had  been frustrated that  they didn’t quite understand his vision for the new  facility, which is  located in Far West Chelsea. Then, he says, Adelekan  introduced him to  Malvicino: “Horacio understood my vision and my  aesthetic. The way  everything looks is really important to me, and he’s  got a really good  design sense. He knew what I wanted to do and what  budget I had. He  came through for me big time!”

According  to Haynie, the main control room is  approximately 800 square feet.  “It’s enormous,” he enthuses. “I wanted  to have tons of space and tons  of seats so everybody could come in and  be a part of the session and  not be uncomfortable. I wanted somewhere  that sounded really good and  looked amazing where I could sit and write  and be inspired. And I  wanted to have big windows and be able to see the  sun.”
As  it turns out, Haynie is not the only one thrilled with  the new studio:  “You can’t imagine how many people have been in and  said this is their  favorite place to work in New York.”
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