A.M.Studio | AR Rahman's New studio

"Heard some songs in the music room. Congrats! The studio feels good. Alhamdulilla! I know you guys are going to tweak to get it perfect. Just wanted to let you know what I felt.” - ar rahman

The 3,000 square-foot recording studio in Chennai, India renamed A.M. Studios (pictured) is the most comprehensive and equipped with latest technology in Asia. It took nearly three years to complete. The Acoustic Design & Architectural plans for the studios were made by Studio 440

A local Architectural and Construction Company in Chennai has been appointed to execute the project and to ensure that all construction is done according to Studio 440's stringent plans and design. Studio 440 is overseeing the construction through site visits and correspondance together with DAXCO DIGITAL.
, acoustic architects from CA, USA who have designed studios for Sony Music, Warner Brothers, just to name a few.

The two main rooms in the straightforward plan dovetail together in a complex section. Each is equipped with a console that sits atop raised platforms concealing cable troughs. A stepped window in the Control Room front wall offers clear sight lines to a screen in the adjacent Mix Stage/Tracking Room. Designed with its own projection system and motorized blackout window shades, the Control Room can function independently of the stage. Mobile racks facilitate sharing of equipment. Visible from the Control Room, iso booths lining one side of the stage have.

The Control Room is equipped with a 140 channel Euphonix System 5-M Digital Mixing Console with 2 cores . Having worked in several top studios in the UK , USA & Canada , Rahman had the opportunity to work with and evaluate all the large format consoles currently available in the market. He decided to go for the Euphonix System 5 as it gives him the speed, power and flexibility that he needs for his work which ranges from Music Recording & Mixing to 5.1 Mixing . Another important factor for Rahman was that the System 5 supports 24-bit / 96KhZ operation which allows him to work in the highest quality digital environment and to be ready for DVD Audio .Recording will be done on the Euphonix 48-track 96kHz/ 24-bit R-1 Digital Audio Multi-track Recorder . The decision to use the R-1 Recorder was a natural one for Rahman, as it features a simple user-interface, superior sound quality , is highly efficient and reliable - and at 24bit / 96K perfect for DVD Audio .

The Monitoring System is a Miller & Kreisel 5.1 surround THX system. Some of the Outboard equipment includes Manley, Focusrite, Lexicon -960L,TC-6000

The Mix stage will be home to Thomlinson Holmen's Terrasect Speakers and the Main studio will be using exclusively designed George Massenburg Speakers.

The bass system in the recording studio/mixing stage is comprised of four self-powered Bag End INFRAsub-18 PRO subwoofer systems, specified by Daxco Digital. The INFRAsub-18 PRO offers enhanced control abilities for professional surround applications. It is powered by Bag End’s INFRA internal 400-watt amplifier and controlled by the company’s exclusive dual integrator, which is also internal.

In his latest studio also upgraded with Euphonix System 5 with Genelec monitors. At the new recording room Rahman have installed a Neve 88R. His latest project such as “Rang De Basanti” and “Provoked” were done at the new facility. The other Rahman favourite software is Melodyne Bridge which run on the MacOS X Tiger.

Through the combination of professional design by Studio 440 , consultation and supply of state-of-the-art equipment by DAXCO DIGITAL make this studio Asias No.1!

Studio Details

35m2-380ft2 control room
mix stage / record space
2 isolation booths
2 machine rooms
One lobby

Control room


7.1 monitoring

3 x Dynaudio M4+
4 x Dynaudio BM15
2 x Dynaudio 18"
Chord SPA
XTA DP226 & DP224


Neve 88R mixing board
Protools HD3 system
Pyramix system
MOTU 896 interface

Mix stage


7.1 monitoring

3 x Tesseract MPTS-1
8 x JBL 8340
4 x Bag End Infrasub-18
Bryston 9B & 4B SST
TMH Bass man
Ashly 424Gs & 224GS


Euphonix System 5
Euphonix R1 recorder
Pro Tools HD3
Dolby Processor CP650
DTS Processor
Stewart Filmscreen 21ft
DPI Mercury HD projector


TMH certification

Project management &
Acoustical consulting:


Architecture & design:
Studio 440 - L.A.
Wiring & integration:
Studio Care - Chennai
New Dawn Carpentry
August 2005

Old Studio(Panchathan record Inn)