J.studio in Taiwan installs Neve 8424 console
Thursday, 4 February 2021
zhuAudio engineer Zhu Chiao Chen opened J.studio in 2019
Taiwan - J.studio, a commercial recording studio in the centre of Taipei, has made a Neve 8424 console the centrepiece of its main control room because it gives the facility the routing flexibility, modularity and freedom it needs to combine a modern, digital workflow with its extensive collection of analogue outboard equipment.
and is now offering recording, mixing and mastering facilities to all types of musical genres including classical, jazz, EDM, and pop.
“We especially love working with Taiwanese indie bands as many of the bands we have worked with have had their full creative potentAudio engineer Zhu Chiao Chen opened J.studio in 2019 ial realized in our studio space,” Zhu Chiao Chen explains. “Our approach is to bridge old school gear and apply modern techniques to achieve sonically unique results. The studio is equipped with Urei 813C main monitors and we love collecting all types of vintage audio gear. The 8424 console is what connects everything together.”
J.studio’s new 8424 replaces an older console that had reached the end of its working life.
“We were starting to encounter a lot of problems because buttons and knobs were slowly wearing out and this was hindering our workflow,” Zhu Chiao Chen explains. “As an alternative, the 8424 was an affordable option in this market segment and it allows us to seamlessly use the gear we want to use alongside it. Plus we are big fans of the iconic Neve sound.”
Like many businesses, J.studio has had to come to terms with the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic that has seen many sectors, especially live music, take an unprecedented hit. Determined to be part of the solution, Zhu Chiao Chen and J.studio took the innovative step of hosting a live Jazz show that was broadcast from the studio to Japan.
“The show was performed by Taiwanese musicians playing in our studio, and broadcast via the internet to another jazz band in Japan,” he says. “They performed the show in real time with the Taiwanese musicians for a live audience. Being able to connect musicians from two different countries and have them play as if they were in the same space was a very humbling experience and it was a huge honour to be involved in this project.”

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