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Black Rock Studios

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Black Rock is a combination of luxury villa and world class recording studio, located on the magnificent Greek island of Santorini.

Black Rock is a combination of luxury villa and world class recording studio, located on the magnificent Greek island of Santorini.

Built in a style that combines modern and traditional Cycladic architecture, Black Rock blends perfectly with the Aegean landscape. A heaven of inspiration and tranquility between sea and sun, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the Aegean sea, and the volcanic islands. One Republic, Joe Bonamassa, Justin Bieber, Bring me the Horizon and Sido are just a few of the artists that have recorded there.

Black Rock Studios, as can be seen from the picture, is using Genelec 1035B's as its main monitors.

“It’s so important, picking the right studio monitors,” explains Kostas Kalimeris, proud owner of Black Rock Studios, in an interview with Headliner Magazine.

“Greece was never on the map in the international recording industry, so new clients are very suspicious; they prefer to work with small monitors, and not the big speakers, if they don’t know the acoustics of the room. But, when I have to build a studio, the first thing I do is visit some nice studios to check the monitors they have installed already. In this case, it goes back to 2000, and I worked in a Paris studio - a big place with a Neve desk – and it was my first experience mixing with Genelec speakers. I was very impressed, so I decided next time I built a studio, I was going to use these speakers. So I was very focused on Genelec especially. I worked with the small 1031s for years, and I was never happy working with big speakers, but the Genelecs I really love."

“It’s funny with big speakers; when you have them, sometimes nobody uses them, but if you don’t have them, nobody books your studio! But the good thing is, although I have a lot of people that come here and work with the nearfield monitors, I am always trying to convince them to work with the big ones – and at the end of the day, they are doing so; they’re all very happy with the Genelecs. If something sounds really good on the 1035Bs, there is going to be zero issues with the mix; they are very true, and transparent.”

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Since five years now Black Rock Studios is also the home for a series of successful songwriting camps under the leadership of Leo Chantzaras and Kostas Kalimeris.

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Inside Black Rock Studios - Read the full article here.


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