The Class of 2010

May 20, 2010 6:06 PM, Compiled by Barbara Schultz



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All "Class of 2010" Submissions

Mix received photos of more than 40 great, new studio designs this year, but we’ve only got room to print a dozen here.

On the Cover: 9WG Studios

Richmond, Va.
Red Amp Audio, pictured at left, is the new studio of musician/engineer Jody Boyd, who provides music composition, recording, audio post and mixing services within the new 9WG Studios complex designed by Peter Grueneisen’s nonzero\architecture and studio:bauton.

Boyd previously operated a separate studio, as did the other players in 9WG: Melanie Cox of production company Spang TV, and filmmakers/video editors Matt West and Chris Allen Williams of Mad Box Post. They all work together frequently and agreed that throwing in together would create a company greater than the sum of its parts. They located a two-story building that had enough ground-floor space for all three businesses, plus, part of the space was two stories high where a previous tenant with a photography studio had broken through the ceiling .

“We were able to plan around that being the tracking room,” says Grueneisen. “After we knew that, the rest fell into place.”

Grueneisen balanced the acoustics of the 25x15-foot tracking room (pictured on the cover) with angled walls, wood treatments with cotton accents, and the unique-looking custom cotton panels that are attached with strips of wood.

“The room is pretty live on one end and more absorbent on the other,” Grueneisen says. “Jody is a composer and he’s a hard-core musician who plays a lot of instruments himself, so acoustics were really important.”

Red Amp, which is managed by 9WG co-owner Marna Bales, has two control rooms. Boyd works in the 21x16-foot ‘A,’ which is centered around an Avid ICON D-Control and Quested surround monitoring. The Pro Tools-based ‘B’ studio is operated by engineer/sound designer Andrew Uvarov. All of the studios are built as rooms within rooms to isolate them from the other tenants upstairs. Some of Red Amp’s national clients include Wal-mart, Genworth Financial and Capital One. Boyd also serves regional clients like the Virginia Lottery, and produces and records songwriters and bands.

“What we have now is a complete production facility under one roof, which we call 9WG Studios, even though we can and do each work independently,” Boyd explains. “We were already working together a lot. It was just a matter of finding the right space and the right time to do this. When we found this building, it felt like a gift fell from the sky.”

Clear Track Productions

Clearwater, Fla.
Wes Lachot Design (Chapel Hill, N.C.) created this reflection-free control room for owner Mike Johnson, incorporating a concept developed by RPG Diffusor Systems. Broadband and custom-tuned bass traps help create smooth, extended low-frequency response; rear-wall treatments are RPG Diffractals. Not pictured is a 23x25-foot tracking room, where treatments include a “diffsorber” array built by Brett Acoustics from RPG parts. Featured equipment at Clear Track, which opened this past January, includes an SSL 8056 G+ console, Dynaudio M3A mains, Pro Tools HD3 and a Yamaha C6 conservatory grand piano. Clear Track Productions Site

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