The Console Is King: UM Project and Allen Farmelo Re-Imagine the Classic Console for a Modern Room

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…

…Continue reading about this unique new design on SonicScoop.

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