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A Visit with Ryan Billia at Rumble Audio Post

Big thanks to Ryan Billia, who sent us these photos of Rumble, his recently opened audio post room in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Ryan also answered some of our questions about the design of his facility and his plans for the studio which is outfitted with a Digidesign Icon D-Control ES 32 Recording Console and a custom tuned Meyer Acheron surround system.

Sonic Circus: What made you choose the Meyer Acheron system for Rumble?
Ryan Billia: When I began designing the studio almost a year ago, I considered an EXP system ryanbecause they seemed like they were designed for a studio exactly like what I was building. Unfortunately with all the other equipment, it put me way over budget. I spoke with an Engineer out in LA, Marti D. Humphrey of The Dubstage, and he really helped me to hone my system specifically to what I was planning on doing. He uses Meyers and spoke extremely highly of them…which was all the endorsement I needed. By swapping out some items, it seemed like they might be possible. I began looking for a used Icon and saw a listing on Sonic Circus. Contacted David Lyons at Sonic who was able to work out a package deal with the Meyer System. It all came within budget.

SC: Can you discuss the room tuning process that Meyer provided.
RB: Meyer included the tuning with the purchase of the system (only travel expenses for the engineer were necessary). Brian Bolly of Meyer came up from Baltimore for almost 2 full days with a Meyer SIM3 system. He fully calibrated the speakers with pink noise and tones. He commented that the room was well constructed with only a few problem areas that we needed to deal with (generally in the low-frequencies, which is common in a room this size). We also listened to lots of reference material. He built me a series of templates I can pull up instantly in the Meyer Compass software depending on what I am mixing, i.e. 5.1 and 7.1 with and without x-curve, and a fun “film night” setting with added low-end and “bite.” He was great and it gave me a lot more confidence in the system moving ahead.

SC: You do mixing, recording, and sound design – how many different spaces do you have at Rumble?
RB: I am offering a “1-stop-shop” approach to the independent film market in NYC. Post-supervisors can come with their complete audio post budget and be able to get everything done here. I only need Rumble-7to outsource deliverables: encoding/layback, i.e DCP, Tapes, Film-Out, etc:

  • Dialogue Editing
  • Sound Edit and Sound Design
  • Foley
  • ADR
  • Re-recording Mix
  • Necessary encoding
  • I’m in discussions with a Music Supervisor and Composer about bringing their services in as well

SC: We know lots of post engineers who prefer to work on the Icon. What’s the best thing about working this way.
RB: The Icon (D-Control) speeds up the work flow significantly. But another great advantage for me is that most mixers know the Icon. So anyone who walks into the room can immediately bring up a mix they are working on and feel comfortable. I wanted the room to be comfortable not just for me, but for any engineer that might walk in.

SC: What kind of clients are you looking to get into Rumble?
RB: I wanted to build a studio to support the creative media industry in NYC, namely film, TV, Rumble-3advertising, and new media. The primary mix room is geared towards film but someone mixing a web-series or TV spot will feel just as comfortable. The room is perfect for festival films and theatrical releases. It is also perfect as a pre-mix room for the larger stages in LA. Mixes will translate beautifully to the larger stages (mostly because many have Meyers as well). It is also ideal for freelance mixers who might be working in home studios and need a more calibrated room to finish in. I really want to support independent film and feel my business model allows me to do that.

SC: Sounds like your room is pretty specialized, how does it compare to other studios in the area.
RB: Brooklyn is definitely a (if not “the”) hub of creativity. As far as I can tell, there are no other studios like Rumble in Brooklyn. In fact it is one of only three Meyer EXP rooms in NYC and the only one in Brooklyn. The location is only about 15 minutes outside of Manhattan by train on one of the busiest subway lines in the city. The size is comparable to the medium to larger rooms in Manhattan, but without the Manhattan overhead.

Thanks Ryan, we’re looking forward to seeing and hearing lots of great projects from Rumble.

Rumble Audio Post
140 Waterbury St. Brooklyn, NY 11206
347-689-4272
ryan@rumbleaudio.com

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