The Class of 2009
Jun 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Mix Editors
MIX PRESENTS THIS YEAR'S COOLEST NEW STUDIOS
Shock City ST. LOUIS, MO.
Shock City serves as the home base for production company Shock City Music Works, operated by musician/co-owners Doug Firley and Chris Loesch. Kurt Kerns of the Lawrence Group (St. Louis) designed the studio around an SSL 6060 G/G+ console, Pro Tools 8 and Augspurger main monitors. The wall of windows in the live room is broken into small panes that serve as diffusers, all angled for varying pitches and depths. Custom tunable panels attached below the window wall can be removed from the wall and used as acoustic scrims. A 22×23-foot control room includes RPG Omniffusers and Golterman & Sabo acoustic panels.
audioEngine NEW YORK CITY
Pictured is Studio E, one of two new audioEngine Studios designed by John Storyk of the Walters Storyk Design Group (Highland, N.Y.). Based around a Digidesign D-Command working on an Apple Mac Pro and self-powered KRK V4 near-fields, this 29×17-foot studio is dedicated to 5.1 theatrical/advertising sound mixing. Studio F features dark, rough-hewn wood flooring, exposed wood walls and a stone “fireplace” (with a 65-inch Sharp flat-screen display in place of a hearth) designed to create a log-cabin feel.
Pressburger Theatre, Pinewood Studios BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, UK
The refurbished Pressburger Theatre at Pinewood Studios was redesigned by Andy Munro of Munro Acoustics. After reopening last spring, this prestigious room hosted Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp's Academy Award-winning sound mixes of Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire. The studio is equipped with a Euphonix System 5 EuCon Hybrid console, 35mm and large-screen video projection and Pro Tools.
Clatter & Din SEATTLE
The Russ Berger Design Group (Addison, Texas) designed several rooms for this 6,000-square-foot music/audio/post-production facility. Two 5.1 surround recording/monitoring studios connect to a large live room and two iso booths. These studios were relocated to the top floor of a century-old brick building. Installed improvements include floating floors and space for wire management. SpaceCouplers by pArtScience provide overhead diffusion in the control room, which features Pro Tools 8, Digidesign C24s and Genelec 1031/7070 monitors.
Nettleingham Audio VANCOUVER, WASH.
Busy recording/mixing/mastering engineer Kevin Nettleingham has moved his studio operations into a new ground-up facility designed by Chris Pelonis of Pelonis Sound and Acoustics (Santa Barbara, Calif.). The live room features a large, exposed-brick wall diffuser with 18-foot modified cathedral ceiling; there's also a vocal booth just off of the control room. The control room is equipped with Pro Tools HD3, extensive Crane Song gear, Digidesign D-Command and Pelonis' Signature Series PSS110 monitoring with PSS212 subwoofer.
Vanquish Studios DAVIE, FLA.
Situated just outside Fort Lauderdale, Vanquish was designed by Horacio Malvicino of the Malvicino Design Group (New York City) with assistance from the Blank Design Group (San Francisco, CA) to accommodate hip-hop, R&B, jazz, alternative and remix projects. Variable acoustics allow for a 0.6 to 1.2-second reverb time; treatments include ceiling clouds with RPG Flutter-Free moldings. The studio is equipped with an SSL Duality 48-input console, ADAM S-5VA Mk2 main monitors, an Apogee Symphony system and Pro Tools HD3.
Odds On Recording LAS VEGAS
As Las Vegas continues to grow as an entertainment Mecca, the owners of Odds On Records & Studios have made the most of opportunities in their market by adding a top-flight recording studio to their audio production/duplication operations. Designed by Carl Yanchar of Yanchar Design and Consulting (Foothill Ranch, Calif.), three new rooms include Studio A, which boasts a 96-input SSL Duality board, Pro Tools HD, Studer A827 tape machine and Ocean Way main monitors. Its large B and C rooms include SSL 9000 K and Matrix boards, respectively, as well as Pro Tools rigs. Situated 15 minutes from the Strip and McCarran Airport, Odds On Recording caters to both visiting and local artists.
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