The facility is run by producer/engineer, Tony Taverner, and ex-Dreamhire general manager, Keith Knowles. Ex-Dreamhire chief copyroom engineer, Nick Kirkland, is handling and overseeing the day-to-day transfers and archiving, with a staff of a further two engineers.
Explained Keith, "We are able to accommodate all the formats used in today's (and yesterday's) recording processes - ranging from multi-track analogue through to the very latest hard disk formats. We also have an on-site tape incubator allowing our engineers to safely bake any tapes that are in danger of shedding, or showing signs of deterioration."
The decision on which desk would be the best for the facility fell to Nick and Tony. Both agreed that the Soundcraft Ghost would be the ideal desk for its versatility, clean sound and reliability. A 32-line/32-monitor input/8 bus desk was thus requisitioned.
With the widespread use of ultra-quiet digital recorders, and improvements all through the live and studio audio chain, today's mixers have to stand up to closer sonic scrutiny than ever before. Ghost was thus designed without compromise, to deliver pure audio precision, with all the control features of a big studio desk without the usual prohibitive price tag.
Inflight Studios, meanwhile, have already secured an archiving contract for a large music group, and their client base will expand as the facility develops.