The Ark Studios Revisited – Part One

I was once again more than thrilled to immerse myself in all things musical this time at The Ark Studios. My first visit here a couple of months back was both terrific and inspiring. There’s just something indescribably appealing about dimly lit tungsten-lighting rooms with impeccable wooden finishing that added to the rustic feel of a cabin in the woods.

However, due to time constraint, I only managed to complete one interior angle and some shots of microphones. Here are the pictures.

The Ark Studios Audio Facility Recording Room

I used two studio strobes (one gridded strobe bounced off just under the speakers’ ceiling above, and another bare head bounced off the opposing end of the ceiling for a balanced coverage) in the shot above with some warmth added in post. Yes, it was lit by flash but made to look as if it was ambient-only lighting.

As my monobloc strobes were already setup from the previous interior shoot, I used them for some shots of the microphones. As the items were small, I used barn doors and grids to keep the lighting controlled and prevent spillage.

Lighting setup at The Ark Studios Audio Facility

One bare strobe was bounced off behind me at low power to provide on-axis fill; thank goodness for the nicely positioned white wall. A second gridded strobe kept the beam tight on a small circular area behind the microphones. That served as a background separation light. The third and final strobe was bounced upward to provide me the main key light coverage.

Brauner Phantom Anniversary Edition Microphone at The Ark Studios Audio FacilityBrauner Phantom Anniversary Edition Microphone at The Ark Studios Audio Facility

As I was working fast without a tripod, I shot the above at 1/200 sec, f/8 @ ISO 200. The “sponge board” (to absorb stray sound/noise during recording) caught my attention during my first visit and I knew it would make for a good background. Indeed I was right. The rich texture of its pyramid-like jagged surface popped conspicuously when light raked along it at an angle.

I was made to understand the microphone at the middle; a Brauner Phantom (anniversary edition) was in the price range of four-figure (USD), while the two tilted microphones were a mere three-figure worth. Bowing in respect!

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