The Class of 2008

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 PM


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In the heart of Manhattan, KMA Music was designed by Francis Manzella (FM Design Ltd.) as a mixing, tracking and writing studio for independent engineers and producers, as well as for KMA's staff composers. Situated in the Brill Building, KMA opened in April 2007 and offers a Digidesign ICON, Pro Tools HD, Griffin G1.5 main monitors, a Yamaha Grand and an unsurpassed view of Times Square.


This studio opened in September '07 to serve the music and recording programs at Toronto's Humber Polytechnic College. Designed by Canadian firm The Delarson Group, Humber Recording has a 30×30-foot main tracking room with variable acoustics, as well as two iso booths and a 30×20-foot control room with RPG Quadratic Diffusors. Major equipment includes an SSL Duality 48, Pro Tools HD2 and Dynaudio surround monitoring.


Composer/producer/engineer Aaron Merrill completed his new facility in Highland, Utah, in March '08. The hybrid studio was designed by Precision Acoustic Design to accommodate a variety of audio, music and film-scoring tasks. The 23×21-foot control room features a custom 10-foot touch-screen control surface, and the 20×18-foot recording area has 12 adjustable acoustic panels that let in natural light and allow control over the room's characteristics and reverb time.


Dennis Janson (Janson Design Group) designed this studio for WGBH Boston Public TV and Radio (Brighton, Mass.). Pictured is the tracking room of this 2,000-square-foot space with a 28-foot ceiling. Acoustical features include double-wall construction around the studio on spring-isolated, floating concrete floors. RPG Quadratic Diffusors are installed on the lower-half of the walls, with 2-inch-thick, fabric-wrapped panels fixed to the upper-half. Ceiling panels are RPG Skyline 3-D diffusors, and corner bass traps are built in. The studio opened in September '07, and features an SSL C224 mixer, ATC mains and Aviom Pro 16-channel headphone mix/monitoring to supplement a proprietary headphone/cue system.


With a design by Studio 440 Architecture & Acoustics, the main control room of JCB Music (Santa Monica, Calif.) is configured for composing and recording. RPG acoustical treatments are strategically placed to enhance acoustics and reverb time. Isolated and/or floating cement slabs were used to isolate spaces, and room-within-a-room construction helps ensure low background-noise levels. JCB is equipped with a Euphonix System 5 console, Genelec 1039A LCR mains, and Yamaha O1V and O2R96 mixers. The studio opened in June '07.


Situated in the penthouse of the Setai Hotel (South Beach, Fla.), artist Lenny Kravitz's Setai Recording overlooks the Atlantic. Kravitz and his team envisioned the studio as a warm and luxurious facility that would provide the same level of service that is offered by the hotel. Matt Knobel led the technical design; acoustical design was by Ross Alexander (Synergetic Services), and includes custom-fabricated modules for LF control, mid- and high-frequency diffusion, and critically located mid/high absorption. Miami's Acoustical Components provided additional wall and ceiling finishes. The studio went online in January with an SSL C200 console and ATC monitors.


Completed in September '07, the Experimental Music Studio at Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) serves as a recording/mixing space for student music and post-production projects. Lou Clark of Sonic-Space designed the studio to be acoustically neutral and flexible. Equipment from MOTU, Alesis, Tascam, Mackie and more is on rolling equipment racks, and the room has large gobos with built-in diffusers that create a large, cylindrical diffuser when they are placed next to each other. Rigging bars mounted to the ceiling, down the center and around the perimeter of the room allow speakers to be hung in a variety of positions.


The most striking element of Diante Do Trono (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is probably the way in which three of the main Genelec 1032 5.1 surround speakers are housed within the panoramic glass wall between the tracking and control rooms. Other equipment includes a Digidesign Control|24 console, Pro Tools HD3, and a selection of outboard processing and vintage mics. The Walters-Storyk Design Group designed the facility, which opened in February '08 and includes a 600-square-foot live room and a 350-square-foot control room with two iso booths.


In the Northeast corner of Mercenary Audio's Foxboro, Mass., warehouse is the new Methods and Applications Laboratory (MethLab). The studio was designed by Fletcher and the Mercenary Design Group/CNF Consulting to handle sessions and serve as a research facility for developing and testing new equipment designs. Though much of the gear changes with new consulting projects, the room is centered around a modified 32×8 Yamaha PM2000 and custom monitors controlled by a Crane Song Avocet. Acoustics are based on a modified live-end/dead-end design; murals, animal-print fabrics and carpet complete the aesthetic.

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