FUNK MASTERS FunkGurus, the UK Music Services Company with ofﬁces and recording facilities in Egypt, recently opened the doors to its new recording and music production facilities located on the Red Sea.
unkGurus is one of a small band of audio production specialists ﬁnding success in the Middle East. Having maintained a presence in the region for the past six years, the company – led by business partners Julie Potter and Craig Hume – took the decision to open its new Red Sea facility in a bid to snare new business, particularly in the booming Egyptian audio post-production market. The company’s new studio facility, located in the Red Sea resort town of El Gouna, is a fully digitised operation primarily running Apple Logic Studio Pro 9 for recording, editing and mixing tasks. Studio engineers also have access to Apple’s Soundtrack Pro and Final Cut for industry standard mastering and synchronisation projects. The facility boasts an extensive range of industry standard condenser microphones and 'MOTU' interfaces and pre-amps for voice-overs and recording projects. A 40-input 18-bus Yamaha 01V96VCM digital mixer is the primary desk used for studio recording and production, while monitoring is handled by Yamaha and JBL reference monitors. To enable broadcast quality production, the studio utilises the latest recording industry signal processors for EQ, compression and limiting, in addition to various mastering tools to ensure their projects are complete before being sent to clients for their approval. FunkGurus counts a number of highproﬁle organisations, including Akeel Saatchi & Saatchi and Pinewood Studios, among its clients.
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Remote access FunkGurus works with an extensive list of well-known session musicians, including Grammy Nominee Miles Gilderdale of Acoustic Alchemy fame, acclaimed saxophonist Snake Davis (Eurythmics and Mpeople) and Blues legend, Johnny Mars. Each artist collaborates remotely using Apple Logic, explains Hume (pictured left). “We email a Logic project ﬁle to a musician who then records their own tracks before sending the completed ﬁles back to us here in Egypt,” he says. “This technology means you can be located pretty much anywhere in the world. “We have even received ideas for projects from musicians while they are in the middle of a long-haul ﬂight – composed on the musician’s laptop and then emailed through once they’re on the ground. The possibilities are truly limitless.”