At the heart of every great recording studio lives a mixing console. It’s the single most important piece of gear in any studio (probably the most expensive too) and it dictates the way that the studio operates. When Phill created Matrix Digital, he chose to leave the analogue world behind and embrace digital recording long before many other studios did the same. For him, the dream was always to base the studio around the Euphonix System 5 MC. In March of 2017 that dream became a reality when Matrix Digital’s very own System 5 MC arrived from the USA to replace the pair of Yamaha O2R96’s that had been running the studio for almost 20 years.
The System 5 MC is not at all like an analogue console. It acts like a huge Pro Tools controller, automatically mapping channel and plugin parameters to its physical controls, allowing your signal path to remain digital right up until the final DAC while maintaining the speed and fine control that you can only achieve with physical knobs, buttons, and faders.
Euphonix was founded in Silicon Valley in 1988 and released their first console, the digitally controlled analog console Crescendo, in 1990. Over the next decade, the Crescendo morphed into the CSII, then eventually into the CS2000 and CS3000 until it began to be phased out once the System 5 all-digital mixing console was released in 1999. Euphonix continued their work with further iterations of the System 5 until they were acquired by Avid in 2010. Avid went on to release the S6 console in 2013 which built on the experience of the engineers and designers of both the Euphonix System 5 and Digidesign ICON systems.
Euphonix and Avid consoles are the most installed consoles in film dubbing stages and TV broadcast studios worldwide. Studios which feature the consoles include:
- The Hit Factory, New York, NY, USA – Paul Simon’s Graceland (1986), Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA (1984) were all recorded/part-recorded here.
- Digital Factory, Paris, France – Digital Factory has a 620-channel, 144-fader Euphonix System 5-F – Reportedly the largest in the world!
- Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN, USA – A weekly country music stage concert and longest-running radio broadcast in US history
- Technicolor at Paramount, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Warner Bros, Burbank, CA, USA
- FOX Studios, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Park Road Post Production, Wellington, New Zealand – Local legends putting the NZ film industry on the world stage, they have SEVEN Euphonix/Avid consoles!
Here at Matrix Digital, we feel very proud to be among such great company and very proud to have the Euphonix System 5 MC at the heart of our facility.
Header Image: The Control Room at Matrix Digital, featuring the Euphonix System 5 MC.