Bread of Stone takes the studio on tour with Primacoustic
WORLD: One of the main considerations for contemporary houses of worship looking to host full-production services is that of intelligibility – often made more complex with architecture that was never intended to accommodate electronic sound systems. In a similar vein, Ben and Bill Kristijano, members of the Christian rock band Bread of Stone, tour the country playing anywhere from 100 to 150 shows in a year. The brothers also run their own production house – BNY Productions – in their hometown of Sioux City, Iowa and had become increasingly frustrated by the lack of studio equipment available to them while on tour. Having relied upon Primacoustic products to treat the BNY studio, they returned to the manufacturer for help transforming their tour bus into an intelligible demo studio.
‘We wanted to have a mobile studio that would be adequate for recording song demos, and we wanted to make sure that the acoustics of the studio were balanced, in case the demo tracks made it to the final cut,’ explained Ben Kristijano. ‘Having a mobile studio helps with being able to work on song ideas during travel days. It's also a great place to be isolated from all the distractions of the typical day-to-day activities of being on tour.’
Although it looked like a daunting project on the surface, Jay Porter of Primacoustic explained that it was less involved than expected: ‘With the walls at odd angles and most of the bus's absorptive furniture still in place, the room was already a decent listening environment. I suggested that they install 7.5cm thick Broadway panels on all available wall surfaces and above the mix position to eliminate primary reflections. I also recommended installing a bass trap for low frequency control, but really didn't think it would be possible with such little space available. It was only when I saw the photos that I realised they had pulled it off, with a MaxTrap mounted on the upper wall in front of the mix position.’
Having had experience with many different manufacturers of acoustic treatment products, the brothers are glad they returned to Primacoustic: ‘We like how easy it was to assemble and implement the products, but the main selling point was the result,’ the brothers added. ‘We noticed that even though there was a lot of absorption in the mid to higher frequencies, the room stayed pretty neutral in how it sounded acoustically. It was less muddy sounding than the foam type of absorbers.’
In addition to their business and touring schedules, the brothers run a ministry in Indonesia called The Light Project, which is supplemented by a financial contribution from the band’s merchandise sales.