Stewart, who has produced hits for divas such as Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Beyoncé, commented: “I had really fallen in love with the sound of the K Series over the years. My engineers, Dave Pensado and Jaycen Joshua, work on K’s exclusively. When I found out about the AWS and really got into my due diligence of how these consoles were made, I found that I could get the sound we wanted and a controller for our Pro Tools systems in one package.”
Triangle Studios is a private creative space for Stewart, The-Dream, Kuk and a group of in-house producers, The Movement, Shawn K and Kelly. The AWS consoles reside in Studios A and B, with Studio A addressing vocal space C and Studio B addressing vocal space D. A further MIDI suite is used by Kuk to create tracks. When a group of musicians are needed to play live, Stewart goes to studios like Roc the Mic in New York and The Boom Boom Room in Burbank. The choice of two AWS 900+ consoles was made in part because of the on-console control of Triangle’s Pro Tools HD 7.4 capture systems.
“I think it’s just a very functional console for what’s going on in the industry,” Stewart stated. “Back in the day when you mixed a record, it was done. Now that everything is on Pro Tools, you can come back five days later and hear something and make changes very easily. The AWS is really leading the charge by being able to control the digital workflow, while still providing the essential analog component to capture a great sound.”