History > Industry firsts from 1965-1998
New Functional Innovations Introduced by Hidley for Control Room and Studio Acoustic Improvements
1) 40 Hz Dual woofer control room monitor developed and installed.
2) Drum kit and bass guitar platforms «isolated»from the studio floor structure using coil spring suspension.
3) Built and put into commercial operation the first 16 track 2" tape recorder.
4) Introduced the use of hardwood on studio walls and floors.
5) Installed carpet on studio floors and in sound locks.
6) Built and put into commercial operation the first 24 track 2" tape recorder.
7) Control room monitors built into flush framed wall soffit.
8) Designed and built the first 3 angle control room wall and window system.
9) Introduced the use of acoustic bass trap membranes and coined the word «trap» or «bass trap».
10) Installed sliding glass doors as studio and iso room separators/movable walls.
11) Designed and built «open» studio drum cage (attenuation 24 dB/SPL @ 90 Hz).
12) Designed and built the linear 38 Hz monitor for Record Plant (later came to be known as the original Westlake / Sierra / Eastlake Audio Monitor).
13) Designed and built the first quadraphonic mix room for Westlake Audio.
14) First to install and commercially operate console automation (Allison System).
15) Introduced and installed sliding glass door systems into the control room/studio divider wall.
16) First «Rock/Stone Room» (Phil Newell`s concept).
17) Console recessed flush with control room floor (no obstruction between monitor and engineer)
18) Developed the concept and built the first «non environment» control room.
19) 30 Hz linear Kinoshita monitoring to control room installed and operational.
20) Introduced the vertical monitor dual woofer (with horn in the middle) monitor concept.
21) Concrete surrounded monitor in monitor soffit wall.
22) Concrete infill of monitor soffit wall framing.
23) 20 Hz linear Kinoshita monitoring to control room installed and operational.
24) Designed and built the first commercially operated control room and studio «without» wall and window room divider; a Jimmy Bowen concept: an open room «with monitor speakers activated while live recording».
25) Introduced the «flanking blanket» for control room and studio low frequency control.
26) Developed 10 Hz Infrasonic control room design.
27) 10 Hz linear Kinoshita infrasonic monitoring to control room installed and operational.
28) The use of 3 Hz spring isolators with infrasonic rooms for slab isolation (in association with Thomas Rast).
29) Pit trap for control room achieving 3D room sonic unloading (movable vertical image).
30) Studio noise floor and air conditioning system noise performance operational at 10 dBA (measurement bandwidth to 4 Hz) for Infrasonic studio/control room.
31) Designed broadband (to 20 Hz) «built in» surround sound monitoring for a 5-Channel control room and film dubbing theatre.
32) First operational broadband 24 Hz «built in» surround sound monitoring for 5.1/ DVD «music mixing» acoustic format.