Avid and Westlake Pro: 25 Years and Counting

When you buy Avid products from Westlake Pro, you’re inheriting the benefits of a long-standing partnership between the two companies: more personalized and knowledgeable service, and the best pricing, guaranteed.

No two studios are identical, and that’s why a workflow-oriented attention to detail is important to us. We understand that each S3, S4, or S6 sale requires a specific integration and support plan that fits the space in which it will be installed—and we sell and install more Avid systems around the world than any other dealer.

But that’s not the only reason Universal, Disney, The Village Recorder, Warner Brothers, and more all come to us when they need to buy Avid hardware and software. To fully explain, we’ll need to share a little audio engineering history…

Avid S6 at I Make Noise Creative
Avid S6 at I Make Noise Creative

Avid and Westlake Pro’s President, Joe Taupier, have been working together since the early days of the digital audio revolution. When Avid (formerly known as Digidesign), expanded the track count in Pro Tools from eight to twenty-four to forty-eight (Session 8 to D24 to Mix), Joe knew it was what every engineer and musician were waiting for. As a result, Joe attended the first-ever training program in 1999 to learn all about the new multitrack recording/editing system. Having learned how to operate, install, and configure Pro Tools software and hardware systems, Joe was able to help support his clients through the early growing pains of Pro Tools.

Having entered the industry as a musician, he had a lot of friends who were in successful bands. Joe knew how the record labels burdened new artists with the residual costs of the large recording studios. He decided to approach his musician friends about investing in themselves by purchasing a Pro Tools Mix system. His idea was that if it didn’t work out with the label, the band would still have a way of being able to record themselves and develop their craft. At first, the labels pushed back on the artists until the producers and engineers joined the fight.

Composers Suite Avid S6
Composers Suite Avid S6
Old-School Avid Gear
The idea, while radical at the time, caught on quickly. Joe and Westlake went on to sell and install more Avid HD interfaces than anyone else in that first year—1.8 million dollars’ worth.
The relationship didn’t stop with musicians. Around the same time, post-production houses started to recognize the enormous time-saving benefits of editing audio digitally rather than cutting tape. 

Our local Avid rep remembers visiting Westlake back then, watching Joe bounce from phone call to phone call with engineers and studio managers who were installing Pro Tools systems in their mixing rooms, ADR studios, and dub stages.

As Avid grew its product line, Westlake Pro grew alongside them. Over the years we’ve maintained a close partnership, offering stellar onsite support and the best pricing on Avid hardware and software. Our award-winning sales staff and studio design group have sold and installed more Avid S6 consoles than any other company on the planet. We’ve installed them in massive Atmos dub stages, and in small mixing rooms. We shipped one to a tiny atoll near Tahiti and installed it in a private studio we built there.
When you buy Avid products from Westlake Pro, you’re inheriting the benefits of a long-standing partnership between the two companies: more personalized and knowledgeable service, and the best pricing, guaranteed.
S6 Faders at Atlas Oceanic
S6 Install at Atlas Oceanic

Case Study

Nukutepipi, Tahiti

Guy Laliberté's Studio​

When Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté decided to build a recording studio on his distant atoll in the South Pacific, Horacio Malvicino and our Studio Design Group were presented with a few challenges: First, there was the task of getting materials to the island itself. There is an air strip on the island, but it’s too small for cargo planes to land on, so most of the materials had to be transported by boat. Then, there was the coral reef surrounding the island. A ship can’t land on the shores, so a barge had to ferry hand-loaded supplies from the boat to the island.
Then there was the equipment itself. As one might imagine, UPS doesn’t deliver to Nukutepipi. The task was left to Horacio and the Westlake Pro Studio Design Group. The Avid S6 and several full racks of outboard gear were wired in the United States and then transported by plane to the island. Once they were safely inside the studio, they were all wired together. We can’t name names, but a few artists you’ve heard of have already recorded in the island studio and were blown away by the sound quality, onsite facilities, and, well, the view.

Case Study

Atmos Mixing Room

Hollywood, California

We outfitted this Atmos Mixing Room in Hollywood, CA with a JBL 7-series Dolby Atmos system, an Avid S6, two Avid MTRX base units loaded with Dante, MADI, AES, SDI and Digilink option cards, and two SCM50ASL Pro monitors.

Case Study

The Village Recorder

Los Angeles, CA

The Village Recorder has been home to an eclectic assortment of musicians and producers, from Bob Dylan, John Lennon, B. B. King, Aerosmith, The Beach Boys, Mariah Carey, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, The Doors, George Harrison, The Eagles, Guns N’ Roses, and Elton John to current artists including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Coldplay.

When they decided to upgrade one of their rooms with an S6, they came to us.

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