Like most project studios the control room of Four Loud Barks is located inside the main live room, and the mixing is done using a mouse. A multi-million dollar facility would have an isolated control room with a large console mixer, but I'd rather spend my limited resources where it really counts. The room, microphones, pre-amps, software, and monitoring equipment are the pieces that have a direct impact on the quality of your recording, and it is likely that the large facilities located in Nashville or L.A. are using some of the same pre-amps, microphones, and electronics that Four Loud Barks is using.
Unlike most project studios, the main live room/control room at Four Loud Barks was constructed to be a studio. Dimensions were chosen for a uniform frequency response, and isolation techniques were used in the construction process. Later, Auralex was consulted in designing the acoustical treatment for the room. The computer equipment is extremely quiet, and isolation techniques have also been applied to it. In addition, permanent cabling is in place should isolation between musicians be necessary, and each performer may be given a custom tailored headphone mix.