Brett Allen: An Integral Part of a Listening System

Upon casual inspection, one might wonder whether Look Out Sound Studios was named after its scenic Montana surroundings or its astounding recording facilities. An overview of Lookout’s principal mastering and playback systems will make the name far less ambiguous. Look Out owner Brett Allen spared no expense in assembling the finest Direct Stream Digital recording systems and playback equipment in the world. Look Out utilizes the state-of-the-art Genex DSD hard drive systems, as well as the Solid State Logic 9048K XL, the top 5.1 analog mixing console in the world. Look Out sports the finest recording, mastering and playback equipment, including multiple pairs of Wilson Audio’s Statement speaker systems, the X2 Alexandrias. Halcro amplification and digital playback systems from Meitner labs complete Look Out’s monitor and playback systems. The name Look Out is obviously intended to serve notice that reference-quality recording and mastering is alive and well in Montana.

Look Out’s Bret Allen was referred to Shunyata Research power-systems by the principals of Halcro, Wilson Audio and VTL, who use Shunyata products within their own testing and playback systems. After extensive tests and comparisons, Look Out Studios purchased an entire series of Shunyata Research power-system products based on the performance they offered within recording and playback systems.

We are using various Shunyata products to further our quest for the best signal path in tracking, mixing, and mastering. The HYDRA MODEL-2 and HYDRA MODEL-6 on various vintage guitar amps and vintage analog keyboards have made a world of difference in clarity and punch. We are using the PYTHON line for our 24-track tape machine, DACs, tube preamps, and tube microphone power supplies. On the power amps we have the TAIPAN line. Again I have noticed more definition in the transients. Overall I think that Shunyata products are an integral part of taking the critical listening system to the next level.

Brett Allen, Studio Manager at Look Out Sound Studios: Montana, USA