After 20 years at the Davis Square location (and a previous 15 years on Albany Street), Boston’s Q Division Studios had to close its doors in July of 2021. Through the years, Q Division was host to a diverse group of artists, including Aimee Mann, The Pixies, Fountains of Wayne, Juliana Hatfield, James Taylor, Yo Yo Ma, and The Dropkick Murphys, not to mention countless local rock, pop, folk, and jazz artists.
Q Division 3.0, situated in what was once a potato chip factory’s shipping depot and more recently a movie prop shop, is finally ready to host sessions.
Studio A has multiple acoustic spaces, including a super dead space they’re calling the Piano Room, a live medium sized room they’re calling the Drum Room, and an area called the Inspiration Wall, which is part of the main live room. The space also has two smaller iso booths for amps or a single performer. In addition to the wide variety of acoustic spaces, there are generous site lines in both the performance areas and the control room.
The Neve Console:
As part of the move and reconstruction they completely restored Q’s Neve 8068. Originally from EMI Brazil, it was modified and restored by Fred Hill in the ‘90s and served at both Q Division 1.0 and 2.0. It has undergone a complete recap, ultrasonic cleaning where possible, switches and pots have been replaced where necessary, and knob and switch caps have been replaced; 3D printed or re-etched where necessary. Amazingly, some parts are so rare that they had to use 3D print solutions to restore them! Some additional small modifications were also made: A global phantom power on/off switch was added, the dim pot was moved to the front panel, and illumination was added to a band of speaker select and playback select sources where they didn’t exist. Talk back functionality was improved for hybrid work flows, a phase meter was re-fitted to the meter bridge, and all incandescent lights were replaced with LEDs. They also rescreened faceplates for two of the three modules, and all the fader faceplates were also replaced where legends were missing. This work was overseen by Andrew Lypps, and conducted on site by various Q Division engineers, including Michael Healey and Chuck Hargreaves.
We’re happy to see Q Division Studios back up and operational in its new space, and we encourage bands, producers and engineers to support the next chapter of this legendary recording studio.
Q Division Studios: www.qdivisionstudios.com