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January 2012 l 21 EUROPE Studio

Online database will give more exposure to high-end facilities, writes Dave Robinson

THE MILOCO Group will this month launch The Market Place, an online directory of affiliated international recording, mixing and residential studios. The Market Place goes live as La Chapelle, the famous Belgian residential studio in the Ardennes, becomes part of the roster. The aim of the Market Place

initiative is to “make it easier for clients to find good facilities outside of the Miloco Group, which are nevertheless fully endorsed by Miloco”, says MD Nick Young. The directory includes

renowned commercial studios in major cities, luxury residential retreats in natural surroundings and smaller studios located closer to home, all of which complement Miloco’s current portfolio. Facilities can be found in the UK, Iceland, France, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Austria, Turkey, the US and Indonesia, with more territories to come. Prospective clients can filter studios by type, location and rate, or search for an item of equipment. The search results will combine rooms from The Market Place and Miloco’s own studio page onto one screen. Once the

studio has been found all booking and invoicing processes can be conducted via the Miloco team based in London. “We are definitely not trying to manage these studios,” clarifies Young. “The majority of them are already established commercial facilities and are already set up to deal with bookings, maintenance and so on. So all the day-to-day work, particularly with existing local clients, will happen as before. “What Miloco will do is pass them more work and give them further exposure. We now get huge amounts of traffic to our site and we get a lot of clients who want to work abroad and in places that we could not offer a studio. We can make the job easier for the clients by co- ordinating the bookings with these studios and if they wish they only have to deal with us. We are effectively acting as an agency, helping find work and co-ordinating projects to make sure everything runs smoothly.” Creating the directory has been

a two-way process, he says. “While initial enquiries have generally come from others, we then look at each studio individually to decide whether or

not we think they will fit in, both technically and professionally among other considerations, and we are very selective about the studios that come onboard. It’s very important that the studios that join The Market Place are those that we genuinely believe in, and can wholeheartedly endorse.” La Chapelle – which has

appeared in Pro Sound News Europe on several occasions – is a high-end facility consisting of one of the biggest recording rooms in Europe (designed by Harris Grant & Associates), a large control room and several isolated booths. Accommodation is offered in a five-bedroom farmhouse nearby. The addition of the Belgian

A Euphonix desk sits at the heart of the control room

studio follows an unprecedented period of announcements for Miloco, including the launch of Gotham Producer Management (working with Black Math Music), upgrading of Pro Tools suites at The Engine Room and The Bridge, and the imminent arrival to the group of East Point studio on the private Osea Island off the Essex coast.

The Market Place directory, launching this month

For the latest studio news

Miloco Market Place promotes international studio base

Belgium’s La Chapelle has one of the biggest live rooms in Europe


New York mastering facility Masterdisk has installed several Antelope Audio Isochrone Trinity Master Clock and 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock units in its mastering suites, to maintain stereo imaging and the overall sonic integrity of projects passing through its studios. The company is also installing multiple Antelope Audio Zodiac D-A converters.

The Kills’ FOH engineer Philip Harvey recorded the band’s latest North American tour using Metric Halo interfaces. Harvey used a Digidesign SC48 console in conjunction with his Metric Halo ULN-8. In addition, he tracked both the mix output from the board and a M/S pair of AKG 414s as audience

microphones with his Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882.

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