Digital and analog in harmony at Pama Studios

Author: KitPlus

Published 1st October 2015

Issue 105 - September 2015

Pama Studios in south east Sweden is a leading example of a facility that fully embraces the power, flexibility and ease of use of digital technology, while also harnessing analog technology to bring something different to its recordings. Founded in 1988 by managing director Magnus Maxe Axelsson, Pama is a long-time Avid customer; it has used Avid Pro Tools from the Avid Artist Suite for nearly 25 years for recording and mixing, and recently installed a Pro Tools | S6 console in its refurbished Studio 3.
In the early days Pama Studios work was largely focused on music production, with a lot of work coming from the hard rock scene. However, over the years the facility which operates across three separate buildings linked by fibre - has expanded and developed its offering to include film and TV work.
Id say the split is 80 percent music, 20 percent film and TV. We produce music for almost every country in the world, but the business area that is growing is sound editing to pictures on small films, says Axelsson. Were finding that some people in that market dont know that much about sound, so we do a lot of fixing for smaller production companies. Recently thats included work for Japan, Italy, Poland, Finland and, of course, Sweden.
Today Pama Studios is known as a one stop shop for music production, film mixing, dubbing, sound editing and video editing, with credits including¦[awaiting credits].

Handling multiple projects
Recently the Pama team decided to rebuild and re-equip the original studio in Kristianopel. The build which included extensive structural work - offered the opportunity to install an S6 console that would be able to handle high quality music recording and also enable the team to move easily between music and film and TV work, as well as handling multiple projects simultaneously.
I first saw the S6 when it was launched at IBC 2013, Axelsson recalls. I was very impressed with the broad functionality, the ergonomics and the intelligent studio control.

Versatility across the studio
Since the installation, Axelsson and his team have completed many projects on the S6, and they particularly appreciate the versatility of the desk. You can work on the S6 in many different ways you can use traditional knobs, but the master module allows you to configure the displays, he says. I prefer to stay in the middle to work with the display more than the knobs, but its a personal choice - its impressive that each user can choose how they want to work.
The S6 console forms the centrepiece of the Studio 3 control room, alongside a vintage analog desk. We wanted to keep the analog desk to maintain a little bit of the sound of the older consoles that some of our music clients like, says Maxe. What weve got now is essentially a custom console, which has the S6 in the middle with V3 panels on either end, making a slightly curved desk. It is also on a slight upward angle, which makes it ergonomically perfect to work with.
The S6 gives Pama Studios the speed, flexibility and functionality to work efficiently across different projects, while the combination of digital and analog offers something unique to its customers. As Axelsson says, When we first planned the rebuild of Studio 3, the whole idea was to anticipate the future needs of our workflow. The S6 has allowed us to improve the way we work today, and the modular nature of the console gives us the flexibility to grow in the future.

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