The Class of 2011

Jun 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By The Mix Editors

A COLLECTION OF THIS YEAR'S HOTTEST NEW STUDIOS

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audiomachine (Burbank, Calif.)
Date Opened: January 2010
Designer/Acoustician: Steven Klein’s Sound Control Room
Console: 32-channel Rupert Neve Designs
Monitors: Barefoot MM27
At-a-Glance: Private facility for composer/producer/
owner Paul Dinletir. Composer’s 
workstation is also the primary mix position in all of the rooms. “Critical monitoring at all volume levels with room for guests and the ability to conduct meetings were the fundamental control room requirements,” says Klein. “I designed the front part for proper ratios and widened the rear of the room. The result is an accurate control room with a spacious living room feel. Adding to the comfort of the back of the room is the absence of boundary walls and bottom-end anomalies that normally occur in a more traditional design.”

Eastman East Wing Media Production Suite (Part of Eastman School of Music; University of Rochester, N.Y.)
Date Opened: December 2010
Designer/coustician:: Lawrence P. Swist Designs
Console: Euphonix System 5
Monitors: Guzauski-Swist GS-3a 5.1 monitor system
At-a-Glance: “This new 5.1 control room was designed as the audio hub [connection via MADI] for all the major venues within the Eastman facility,” says Swist. “Accurate monitoring capabilities were paramount in the design because of the amount of live multichannel mixdown required for distance learning sessions, Internet distribution, live broadcast and/or general archiving purposes.”

Clearstory Sound (Los Angeles)
Date Opened: April 2010
Designer/Acoustician: Peter Grueneisen, 
nonzero\architecture
Controller: Pro Tools HD Accel
Monitors: ATC SCM 150 ASL active (L/C/R) [not pictured; purchased May 2011], Dynaudio BM15 passive and PSB Stratus Gold mid-fields, numerous near-fields
At-a-Glance: Private recording/mixing/mastering space for engineer John Rodd incorporates numerous windows to give an airy feel. "I spend a lot of time in dark recording studios," says Rodd, "so when I was able to build my own studio from the ground up, I made sure it had a lot of natural diffuse sunlight." The studio has hidden Helmholtz resonators, membrane-faced bass traps and effective soundproofing throughout. The ceiling joists, hidden diffusors and high-performance/full-spectrum acoustic absorption all work to create effective diffusion and absorption.

Laser Pacific Theater 3 (Hollywood)
Date Opened: February 2011
Designer/Acoustician:: Hanson Hsu 
of Delta H Design
Processor: Dolby CP650
Monitors: M&K 7.1 Surround Sound
At-a-Glance: Theater 3 will host screenings and audio/video post, including color timing and digital intermediate work.






Gasoline Studios (Franklin, Tenn.)
Date Opened: September 2010
Designer: Joe West (owner)
Acoustician: Gregg Vizza, 
Vizza Acoustics
Console: API 3124
Monitors: Mackie HR824s, 
Yamaha NS-10s
At-a-Glance: Songwriter/producer Joe West’s private studio is located in a 40x60-foot timber-frame barn that has visually pleasing massive timber trusses and a 30-foot ceiling. “I’ve spent my life in control rooms using talkbacks and distant iso booths filled with amplifiers and musicians,” says West. “The mission statement for Gasoline was to keep everyone together—artist, musicians, engineer and producer connecting with the same energy in one creative space.”






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