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The Magic Room

The Magic Room at LITTLE BIG BEAT is a sumptuous listening space that houses stereo and multi-channel audio-visual systems, vintage tape machines, a vinyl cutting lathe and an amazing music collection of nearly 50,000 LPs. We use this former control room to check test pressings, evaluate mixes in more domestic setting, entertain guests, listen to records (for fun!) and cut lacquers.

From day one, we wanted the LITTLE BIG BEAT STUDIOS to be more than just a link in the production chain, we wanted to think outside of the box that is “record, mix, move on”. Besides our studio live sessions – each one a unique event with the artists performing amidst the audience – the Magic Room stands as one of the best examples of our mission to unite all aspects of music making and enjoyment under one roof. A large, sound-proof window in the Magic Room looks into our main recording area, so a pane of glass is all that separates the art of music production from the tradition of music reception.

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The Music Systems

For vinyl playback, we use a studio version of the highly acclaimed Bauer Audio dps turntable (built in Munich, Bavaria); fully balanced amplification from Ayre Acoustics (built in Boulder, Colorado); and Bauer Audio LS 3g three-way sealed-box loudspeakers (also built in Munich, Bavaria). We can also patch a feed directly from our control room to the Ayre amplifier.

 

If you are interested in a demonstration or purchase of Bauer Audio or Ayre products, please get in touch with us at: magicroom@littlebigbeat.com.

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The Tape Machines

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The Cutting Lathe

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History

When LITTLE BIG BEAT STUDIOS moved to the current premises in Eschen, we had the luxury of being able to choose between two control rooms. The smaller one was more practical and became home to our SSL console and the Studer tape machines; the larger room turned into a storage space and a rather unglamorous back-stage area.

Years later, in 2021, Little Konzett was talking to Arthur Gassner, a friend of the studio’s who had amassed so many LPs that his listening room was bursting at the seams. “How about I lend you part of my collection?” Arthur asked. Little started turning the idea over in his mind, and a few weeks later, sitting in a chair in the middle of the large all-purpose control room, in-between a bunch of cardboard boxes and a huge pair of Tannoy speakers, he felt a spark of inspiration: what if he were to turn this room into a dedicated listening space, with a music system including a turntable that he could use to check vinyl pressings, comfy lounge chairs and Arthur’s LPs?

After some considerations of feasibility and extensive planning, work began on the large control room under the working title “Magic Room” (the name stuck).

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The Arthur Gassner
Collection

The Arthur Gassner Collection

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Shelves
50,000 LPs

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Lightning
Floor

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Lounge
Chairs