In addition to having to work around the building’s age in designing the physical structure, Malvicino also had to address its power capacity. “I knew the power was not sufficient and that we would have to put in a new electrical panel and riser,” he says. “Luckily with the Duality Delta and AWS 948 Delta it’s very simple: there’s no external power supply, and a 20 amp circuit can handle the power supplies of both consoles.” Malvicino, who has over 30 years experience installing SSL consoles, praised the Duality’s ease of use. “I’ve been installing Duality consoles since they came out,” he says. “The sound quality lives up to the SSL reputation, but on top of that they’re very flexible, very easy to install and wire, and very easy to maintain. Duality is the only solution that I see out there.”
Beyond the recording studios themselves, there was more to Velasquez’s vision for Invite Only Studios. “We wanted to build a space where artists feel comfortable and can have a creative experience that’s a little different than what you get in every other studio,” says Velasquez. That is why Invite Only also includes a flexible 20’ x 25’ event space with unique amenities, including wet bar, 12.5” cyclorama, green room, and even a shower. It also provides an opportunity to showcase Velasquez’s sneaker collection on its large built-in shelves.
“In the event space there’s a mult box that’s connected to the central patchbay, which in turn can connect you right into the Duality,” Malvicino says. This allows the event space to function not only for film and photo shoots but for live performances and recording. It can also serve as auxiliary tracking space, taking advantage of the 17’-high ceilings for tracking instruments like drums. “There are even curtains in there that can be used to subdivide or deaden the space,” Malvicino adds.
Whether recording the next hit record or hosting a photo shoot, video shoot, or event, Invite Only Studios is making an impression on the New York studio scene, already attracting interest from clients like Mary J. Blige, Offset, and producer Alex da Kid. For Velasquez, it also presents an opportunity to educate the next generation of artists and producers about the power of SSL. “Some younger artists think they can go home on their laptops with an interface and emulate the sound of what you get out of an SSL,” he says. “That’s mistaken, and the real artists know it. Whatever equipment or tools you’re using to make your music, it can be better appreciated in a properly designed studio with an SSL console and great monitoring. It’s a lot more than buttons and faders, and can be a major part of your success.”