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Manifold Recording studio and media production facility opens in Pittsboro

Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Michael and Amy Tiemann, highly successful software and media entrepreneurs, announce the opening of Manifold Recording, a high-end, full-scale recording studio and media production facility. Situated on 17 acres of rural forest and meadows, yet only 30 minutes away from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, or the RDU International Airport, the 5,600 sq ft complex is a technical tour de force that creates a significant new artistic hub for the Triangle.

“But when I invite artists to tour the completed studio, they enter the Music Room and their jaws drop as they can suddenly imagine the creative sparks that can fly between artists and actively engaged listeners in this space.”

Built from an original concept by Wes Lachot Designs, the large main studio features a 24-foot ceiling, a nine-foot concert grand piano, and tunable acoustics throughout the performance space. The control room was designed around a 64 channel API Vision console with 128 automated channel faders and full surround mixing capabilities. The measured acoustics of both the control room and the main tracking room make Manifold Recording one of the finest facilities for audio recording anywhere in the world.

Michael Tiemann says, “When Wes Lachot and I sat down to discuss our design goals, we agreed that acoustics would be the number one priority, but Wes always maintained that we need not sacrifice visual appeal nor architectural integrity while achieving fantastic sound. Indeed, Wes’ unique interpretation of the teachings of Frank Lloyd Wright argued that organic architecture was singularly appropriate for the creation of a superb musical environment.”

More than just a high-end recording studio, Manifold Recording expands the possibilities of media production to enable new business models and new ways for artists, engineers, and producers to create and sustain value from their work. There is a growing trend to produce DVDs and other media that encompass not only an artist's musical performance, but also capture the larger creative process that motivates and defines that performance.

Some media include layers of technical information for the true connoisseur of music, production or engineering. Rather than letting all that value disappear once the cables are coiled up and the floor is swept clean, Manifold Recording was designed to provide the technical infrastructure and event programming to document and archive the process by which the magic is created. Moreover, the generous amounts of space throughout the studio make it possible to accommodate what Miles Davis used to such great effect when he recorded at Columbia's legendary 30th street studio: a live studio audience. Michael Tiemann calls such participants “co-producers.”

“When I first proposed the idea of inviting guests to sit in on recording sessions as a way to inspire better performances, people thought I was crazy. They could only picture a cramped recording studio with two dozen or so ‘co-producers’ crowded around,” said Tiemann. “But when I invite artists to tour the completed studio, they enter the Music Room and their jaws drop as they can suddenly imagine the creative sparks that can fly between artists and actively engaged listeners in this space.”

While Michael will lead the studio’s musical productions and innovations, studio co-owner Amy Tiemann will spearhead her own video and audio productions. An author and producer, Amy has developed her publishing and media expertise over the past eight years as the creator of four books, five websites and five seasons of The Mojo Mom Podcast.

Recently, author Dan Heath came to Manifold Recording to create training videos for the leadership of the YMCA. The videos covered concepts from Heath's best-selling book Switch, customizing the information for the YMCA audience. Heath said of his experience, “Manifold is a treasure in the Triangle. The space is an acoustic wonderland -- a dream for musicians -- but it's also flexible enough to suit tone-deaf people like me who need other things, such as high-quality video production, or even a gorgeous place to host an executive retreat. The Tiemanns bend over backward to make your project a success.”

Also instrumental in bringing Manifold to life is chief engineer Ian Schreier. Schreier started his own recording studio in 1997 and later merged it with the largest and most successful recording studio in Raleigh. He has been the local “go to” engineer in the area ever since. In 2004 Schreier recorded the Grammy-nominated album “That's Right” for Roomful of Blues. Ian joined Manifold Recording in 2010.

 
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