The Class of 2011
Jun 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By The Mix Editors
A COLLECTION OF THIS YEAR'S HOTTEST NEW STUDIOS
Forward Mastering (Rome)
Date Opened: December 2010
Designer/Acoustician:: Francis Manzella Design Ltd.
Console: Maselec MTC-2
Monitors: ProAc 4
At-a-Glance: Extension of longtime full-service, multi-room Forward Studios, this mastering space provides full-band bass absorption, broadband diffusion and a reflection-free monitoring position.
The Blue Grotto (Nashville)
Date Opened: April 2011
Designer:/Acoustician: Carl Tatz Design
DAW: Pro Tools HD6
Monitors: Carl Tatz Design Dual PhantomFocus System 4, Dynaudio M3 and M1s, and Bryston amps
At-a-Glance: Built for South African engineer/producer Sean Spence as his new personal studio. Windows were not possible in the control room, so CTD mirrored acoustic lens modules were installed to widen the room acoustically and visually.
Mill Pond Music Studio
Date Opened: March 2011
Designer:/Acoustician: Lou Clark of Sonic-Space
Console: CAD Maxcon
At-a-Glance: Producer James Prendergast’s facility is built into an old mill building and is designed as a mix and recording space. Spacious control room features custom rear-wall diffusors designed/built by Hallowell, and iso booth and live room built by Eric Pearce. The live room is a floating-floor design with three walls of diffusing elements that also act as bass traps.
Pianella (Malibu, Calif.)
Date Opened: November 2010
Designer: Gary L. Williamson AIA, John J. Kurlander
Acoustician: Jay Kaufman of Kaufman & Associates
Console: Avid D-Command
Monitors: Meyer Sound Acheron 7.1 theatrical monitoring
At-a-Glance: This stand-alone, 3,800-square-foot building houses Marco Beltrami’s private scoring stage and separate writing studio. The main stage is designed to handle up to 40 players. As the work is mostly for film scoring, the control room is more consistent with a theatrical dubbing stage. “The facility has been designed to exceed NC15, even during high winds or rain,” says Kaufman. “The main stage with its 28-foot vaulted ceilings and 2.3-second RT60 produces a beautifully warm yet detailed soundfield. The control room has a very even reverberant field and translates perfectly to the dubbing theater. Soul Surfer, Scream 4 and The Thing have all been scored and mixed in the previous four months.”
Date Opened: February 2011
Designer/Acoustician:: Pilchner Schoustal International Inc.
Console: Avid ICON
Monitors: ADAM A6x
At-a-Glance: Control room is optimized for stereo, 5.1 and 7.1. Live room features three iso booths and high ceilings.
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