FORT GREENE, Brooklyn: “It’s like the future of yesterday, today!” A step into Allen Farmelo’s Fort Greene mix room reveals a unique new console which sports sleek, retro-futurist lines, and suggests an untapped ability to serve double-duty as the helm for the Star Trek Enterprise.
Housing up to 24 channels of API channel strips, an integrated control surface, a computer keyboard, and speaker stand, this striking new desk-on-wheels owes much of its heritage to classic “mid-century modern” designs, where form and function are effortlessly linked together by a minimalist’s eye.
Although it looks like a factory-fresh commercial console, the new board is actually an ingeniously designed housing that could be filled with any variety of 19-inch rack gear.
For his custom desk, Farmelo took the idea one step further by working exclusively with API’s Legacy-series channel strips, which bring the full functionality of an analog console to bear, providing classic EQ and dynamic control as well as built-in auxiliary and multi-bus routing.
This promising new concept is the moss-green fruit of a collaboration between Farmelo and a French-born Brooklyn designer named Francois Chambard, who runs his own boutique design outfit, UM Project.
Despite it’s high-dollar look, feel, and performance, Farmelo says that everyday studio owners would be surprised by just how much they can accomplish with Chambard, a craftsman he calls “an incredible resource for the recording community…