Ton of Bricks Studio

Composer/mixer Ray Fabi wanted more mixing flexibility for his music scoring/post company. He found it with System 5-MC.

Nestled in the heart of old Montreal is a 175 year-old-stone building. Originally built as a hotel only to be converted into a rubber stamp company in 1875, the building is now home to Ton of Brick Studios. In 2004, composer and mixer Ray Fabi transformed the factory into a state-of-the-art media center for his music scoring and post-production company.

The 2,500 square foot studio room is impressive. It features a Baldwin SD-10, 9 foot concert grand piano, Avid's Pro Tools HD Accel, Adgil Design Director monitoring section and EQ's and Klein & Hummel 500 digital audio monitors however the heart of the studio is a 24-fader Euphonix System 5-MC integrated DAW controller.

"When I designed my studio I decided to go the Avid / Logic Pro route and I am very happy with that choice. I compose in Logic Pro and edit in Pro Tools. The EuCon protocol allows that to happen with a press of a button," said Fabi. "The fun part is going back and forth between Pro Tools and Logic without moving an inch."

EuCon Ethernet protocol is the driving force behind the System 5-MC, offering simultaneous control of both multiple applications and multiple workstations. At 250 times the speed and eight times the resolution of MIDI, EuCon elevates the System 5-MC to an unprecedented level of integration with modern DAW's. The control surface itself features 56 programmable SmartSwitches, eight touch sensitive knobs for plug-in and VST Instrument control, and four touch-sensitive faders for accessing track levels and automation.

A television and film scorer for over two decades, Fabi's credits include Xcalibur, Are You Afraid of the Dark? Criss Cross, Dragon and the award winning children's series Arthur, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Fabi also composed Canada's official theme song for the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games and is a 10 time SOCAN International Award winner.

"I use a lot of vintage gear, my studio is full of it. That's why I love the way EuCon lets me control my System the same way you control an old analog board. Just push a button and an EQ pops up and that's great," Fabi concluded.