Having recorded everyone from Beyonce’s band to the New York Times in the studios, Mary Ann is really looking forward to “making a super-efficient workflow between the two control rooms” using the two Audient consoles. “We need to be really flexible as we can move from full ensembles to an audio book in the course of a day,” she says, citing jazz vocal legend Denise Perrier as an example.
“We recorded Denise Perrier last fall on our first ASP8024 in Control Room 1 with Howard Wiley producing. For that project we used every single channel on the 48-channel console, and also had all four recording spaces in action for the basic tracking sessions.
“David Sedaris for Hachette Books recorded his latest audiobook, ‘Happy Go Lucky’ and Gina Schock of the Go Go’s recorded her book ‘Made in Hollywood’. Toro y Moi was recording at WAM back in January and we expect more great music and stories to be recorded in our facilities in the coming months,” she adds.
WAM is the only professional recording studio in the world run entirely by women. Executive Director, Terri Winston founded WAM in an effort to counter the fact that less than 5% of people creating audio are women/gender non-conforming individuals.
According to its website, WAM is changing the face of sound by providing hands-on training, work experience, career counselling, and job placement to over 4,000 women and girls every year in creative technology for music, radio, film, television, and the internet. An additional ten Audient iD4 audio interfaces have helped kit out a WAM training location in Oakland, California.