Hong Kong’s premier recording facility for many years; Avon Recording Studios, was taken over by popular singing star Hins Cheung when the original owners called it a day. Hins is a very well known and successful artist who is intensely passionate about vintage analogue recording equipment. Under his management the studio has been refitted by Mode Engineering’s Peter Higgs with classic analogue equipment supplied by Funky Junk and using cabling and wiring assemblies from VDC Trading.
Higgs explains: “I was initially introduced to Hins in 2010 via Funky Junk who have supplied equipment, provided advice and support and been instrumental in the successful outcome of Avon Studios’ refit. In 2015 Hins asked me to decommission the two studio recording rooms at Avon to clear the way in preparation for a completely new installation comprising an exciting and eclectic range of equipment.”
VDC Technical Manager Adam Jafrabadi commented: “Peter Higgs spoke to me in early January asking about getting some DL looms made for a studio he was working on. We were really busy at the time but no one likes to say no, so we fitted it in. It turned out to be over 20 DL looms of various channel counts and 2 patch panels, over 100 hours of wiring time which we had to fit into our already over-subscribed production schedule. I got to know Peter quite well over the following week as we were in constant contact with progress reports etc. He even popped in at times to see how we were getting on. Needless to say we did it and there were no problems. The guys in the wiring department were fantastic throughout and can even laugh about it now… just.”
Avon’s Studio A now boasts a Neve 8068 32 channel vintage console which underwent a complete refurbishment program on site. Recording is via a ProTools 48 channels using high end converters, an ATR100 1/2″ recorder, a Studer A800 2″ multitrack recorder and a Vintage Studer J37 1″ 4 track recorder. The studio also contains an EMT 140 plate, Fairchild stereo, Neve 1067 & 2081 onboard modules, Lexicon 224 & 480L plus a huge range of outboard gear and an excellent selection of microphones.
Studio B has an SSL 4040G+ supplied by Funky Junk and refurbished by Mode Engineering Ltd. and the same lineup of recording machines as Studio A including a Studer A827 2”. It also features a Neve V 10 channel rack with mic preamps and dynamics, a Neve V 10 channel rack for Eq, Lexicon 224 & 480L and again a great selection of outboard gear.
Peter Higgs continues; “Over the years I have settled on using VDC as my main supplier of pro audio installation components due to their quality, pricing and reliability. Also, I have found their prefabrication work to be of a very high standard. So, after the decommissioning of Avon, I returned to London, designed all of the wiring interfacing required for both studios and then instructed VDC to prefabricate all of this to my specific wiring specifications.
As Adam said, they completed it on time and it was then delivered to Funky Junk who shipped it all to Avon Studios along with the refurbished SSL 4040G and vintage Studer J37s. Higgs: “I followed a few days later and, with the help of a colleague, carried out the installation. The whole project ran very smoothly and has been a great source of satisfaction.”
Photo: Studio A – showing the vintage Neve 8068.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/5Nei9aPVwGk