The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 24, 2019 – One could say that Tony Succar was born to be a musician. His paternal great-grandparents were Mexican composer Lauro Uranga and Spanish-born flamenco dancer Rosa Rodríguez Valero; his father Antonio Succar is a pianist and his mother Mimy Succar a singer. Tony’s first childhood memory was an attempt to play a drum while his parents rehearsed with their band for an upcoming gig. It wasn’t long before he was leading the family band, Mixtura, and while attending the Florida International University School of Music, the budding percussionist did his first concert performance, with internationally acclaimed trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval, who was an artist-in-residence at the school. Succar quickly assembled a deep resume, including producing the recording of UNITY: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson in 2013 (which reached the top of Billboard’s Tropical Album Music Chart, iTunes’ #1 World Latin Chart, and Amazon’s Latin Pop Music chart) and recordings with artists including Tito Nieves, India, Jon Secada, Marc Anthony, Sheila E., and Obie Bermudez. It was natural that he’d want his own studio, too. He established Unity One Studio in the Kendall neighborhood in southwest Miami earlier this year, and immediately ran into the kinds of challenges that smaller studios chronically deal with: rooms with hard, parallel surfaces and ceilings that create reflections and flutter that make music with lots of transients – like percussion – almost impossible. Looking to tame a the problematic environment, Succar had heard about Auralex® Acoustics, Inc. (booth 14921), the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments, but knew little about the company. He recalls, “I wasn’t crazy about the idea of having black foam on the walls. Then, I looked deeper; I spent time on the Auralex website, and I could see that there was a lot more to it.”
In fact, Auralex helped guide Succar through the entire process of evaluating his recording space and choosing and placing exactly the right acoustical treatments for the studio. Auralex ProPanels™ line the walls of the tracking room, taming flutter echoes between walls, while a pair of ProPanel ProClouds™ is suspended above the center of the room, performing a similar function for that axis. In addition, six Auralex Sustain™ Prism™ Diffusors are used in the room, as are DST-LENRD™ Bass Traps installed behind ProPanel™ Corner Traps. These components have let Succar truly tune the room, controlling mid and low frequencies.
“What I was concerned about was that acoustical treatments would make the room dead sounding, which would have been terrible,” he says. “You need to have liveliness in the room to make acoustic instruments like congas, timbales, acoustic guitar and saxes sound good. What the Auralex treatments gave us was exactly that, and with all of the acoustical problems gone.”
Succar credits the advice that Auralex experts provided, turning what many engineers and producers dread as they enter the often-confusing realm of acoustics into a time of discovery, and as a result he got to understand his own studio’s nuance better. He also notes Auralex experts’ vast knowledge base. “Steve McQueary at Auralex told me about how to add Auralex Mineral Fiber to the backing of the ProPanels to increase bass absorption,” he explains. “It works fantastically well and it also make the panels look like they’re floating off the wall. I put LED lights behind them and it makes the room’s visuals so cool.”
Most recently, Unity One and Succar hosted recordings with Cuban salsa star Rey Ruiz, the Chilean group Americo, Puerto Rican salsa star Gilberto Santa Rosa and Venezuelan vocalist Chyno Miranda. All, says Succar, love the way the studio feels. “This room is where the magic happens,” he says. “and Auralex made sure that the magic is there.”
For more information, please visit www.auralex.com/.
Photo File 1: TonySuccar.JPG
Photo Caption 1: Tony Succar
Photo File 2: UnityOne_Photo1.JPG
Photo Caption 2: Unity One studio in Miami features Auralex® acoustical treatment solutions
Photo File 3: UnityOne_Photo2.JPG
Photo Caption 3: Unity One studio in Miami features Auralex® acoustical treatment solutions
Photo File 4: UnityOne_Photo3.JPG
Photo Caption 4: Unity One studio in Miami features Auralex® acoustical treatment solutions
About Auralex® Acoustics, Inc.
Located in Indianapolis, Auralex® Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best possible value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies worldwide.
Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-800-959-3343.