Archive by Howard Sherman
WSDG Studio Designed As Lynchpin For Multi-Faceted Music Collective
ASBURY PARK, NJ: In a world where dreams come easy, but are tough to fulfill, producer/songwriter Jon Leidersdorff has caught a golden ring. Committed to building a cohesive infrastructure for the music scene in his hometown, Leidersdorff discovered an abandoned warehouse in downtown Asbury Park, and envisioned it as a multi-purpose center for a collective of music business locals. Investing his own savings and securing a Small Business Association (SBA) loan from the local Asbury Park Community Bank, Leidersdorff called the Walters-Storyk Design Group to create his Lakehouse Recording Studios as the lynchpin for the complex.
“I’d recorded in Storyk-designed studios, and knew if I ever had the opportunity to build my own, that John Storyk would be my first choice designer,” Leidersdorff says. “When John and WSDG Project Manager Matt Ballos came down for their initial site visit they clearly had their work cut out for them, but they came up with amazing ideas.
Built in the 1920’s, and converted to a warehouse in the 1960’s, the building required a gut renovation to maximize its potential. “We took advantage of an opportunity to dramatically increase its flexibility, by turning its 10,000 sq. ft. footprint into an 15,000+ sq. ft. structure,” Matt Ballos reports. “Instead of adding a new floor to the roof, we opted to grow down. The key was to eliminate the ground floor truck entrance, and drop the floor 7 ½ feet. By sinking steel girders to support a 6” thick concrete slab at the 16 ft. height, we created an entirely new 5000 sq, ft, 2nd floor, which Leidersdorff split with the Lakehouse Music Academy (LHMA.) This rock solid, acoustically isolated space was ideal for the recording studios, an apartment/lounge, and the school. We then developed what became the third floor into rehearsal rooms, and additional offices.”
Lakehouse Studios offers a 740 sq. ft. North Studio with a 400+ sq. ft. variable acoustics outfitted Live Room and a 440 sq. ft. Control Room capped by a rectangular, fabric covered ceiling cloud with triangular wings, custom designed by Ballos. North Control features a vintage Neve 8024 Console, Augspurger GA115V Monitors, Protools HD 3 Accel and an extensive arsenal of outboard gear. The South Studio features a 300 sq. ft. Control Room, SSL Matrix Console, Focal Twin6 BE and Yamaha NS 10 Monitors, Protools HD Native, a full complement of outboard gear and a 140 sq. ft. live room.
“We started doing warm up sessions in August, and suddenly found ourselves in an actual gig with staff producer Pete Steinkopf (The Bouncing Souls) and Canadian super group Organ Thieves. They recorded their entire album in just eight days, and were totally blown away by the sound, look and feel of the studio,” Leidersdorff reports. “Members of the Organ Thieves have worked with producers Rick Rubin and Jack Joseph Puig in some of the best studios in the world, and they’ve been sending great clients to Lakehouse ever since those sessions.
“Asbury Park has a rich and varied musical history that runs the gamut from John Phillip Sousa to Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi,” Leidersdorff points out. “We were fortunate to find a number of like-minded, music-related locals to rent space in the building. Russo, one of the finest independent music stores in the country; Bands On A Budget, a leading music merchandise shop; Holtz Video and Photography; CoWerks, a shared office space for music industry professionals; LHMA, an innovative music performance school and, to keep all the juices flowing, Mumford’s Café. We all share a love of music and, a desire to turn this part of Asbury Park back into a thriving business district. We were approached by Monmouth University to do a weekly lab in our studio, and we’re booking sessions with local, national and international artists. We’re both realists and optimists, and with a WSDG designed studio, we’re prepared for anything.”
“It’s gratifying to find a talented artist/businessman like Jon Leidersdorff prepared to make dual commitments to his hometown and his art,” John Storyk concludes. The home studio we built recently for Bruce Springsteen isn’t too far from Lakehouse. This area is blossoming with energy and talent, we’re delighted to have played a role in its revival.”
1, Lakehouse Studios Lounge/Guitar Wall
2, Lakehouse Studios North Control (front)
3. Lakehouse Studios North Control (rear)
4. Lakehouse Studios South Control
5. Lakehouse Studios Live Room
6. Lakehouse Studios Live Room
Photos by Holtz Photography
Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications.WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires,Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.
WSDG Acoustic Expertise Aids Comprehensive Restoration Effort
SOLOTHURN, SWITZERLAND: Begun in 1762, and completed in 1773, the St. Ursen Cathedral has long-served as the focal point for both worship and tourism in Switzerland’s most significant baroque town. In early January 2011, a mentally disturbed person set a fire which wreaked massive damage throughout the Cathedral’s 2000 + sq. ft. congregation hall. When the smoke cleared, the entire white/gray lime rock interior, which had shone like marble for centuries, was encrusted with a foul grayish residue. The Cathedral was closed to the public and a plan for restoration developed.
The situation was carefully assessed; extensive tests and studies determined that a full cleaning and repair of all surfaces was a prerequisite to restore the damaged room to its former glory. The restoration operation commenced under the direction of Pius Flury and Iwan Affolter of Flury und Rudolf Architekten AG (Switzerland). The project encompassed every aspect of the building: surfaces, art, lighting, heating, electrical, and the electro-acoustics infrastructure.
It should be noted that St. Ursen Cathedral, which has served as the Seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Basel since 1828, is graced with a number of extraordinary aesthetic assets. These include: Stucco by Francesco Pozzi; a carefully preserved ancient Cathedral Treasury (on display in a separate museum), a remarkable High Altar, comprised of eleven different types of marble; two fully independent organs, both still frequently used for concerts; and 11 church bells from the mid 1700s, the largest of which weighs over 4000kg (8800 pounds).
In a fortunate coincidence, the Walters-Storyk Design Group’s European headquarters are located in Basel, a short drive from Solothurn. Company Partner/ European GM, Dirk Noy was very familiar with the Cathedral, and honored to be awarded the electro-acoustical portion of the project. Adding another coincidence to the story, Noy and WSDG had played a key role in the electro-acoustical restoration of NYC’s Central Synagogue after that iconic house of worship was reduced to a burned-out shell following an accidental construction fire in 1998.
WSDG began conducting extensive acoustical measurements, to obtain a “status quo” documentation and to serve as a base for the predictive simulation software findings. Although RT60 Reverberation Times exceeded 6 seconds at 500Hz – and a reduction would have been helpful to achieve improved speech intelligibility, changing the materialization of the building was unacceptable. Further complicating the project, new measurements taken following the initial restoration revealed that the RT60 Reverberation Times were even higher after the accumulated dirt and gray burn residue were cleaned. To resolve this challenge, WSDG specified various Stoll Audio loudspeakers along with a total of eight CVS Clearvoice Evolutone (2x 3000, 2x 2000 and 6x 1000) steerable array loudspeakers. These recommendations were based on the speakers long-range throw, highly sophisticated steering algorithms and high speech intelligibility, all of which were vital to reach the target values. The loudspeakers are driven by a networked BSS Soundweb DSP backbone, and controlled by a Crestron touchpanel. Gateways to other building management components (lights, heating, church bells etc.) were also stipulated to facilitate full building control from a centralized panel. Other technical components selected for the renovated system include: Beyerdynamic, and Shure Microphones; and Lab Gruppen Amplification. The System Installation was undertaken by the local specialist team of Gfeller Licht- und Tontechnik AG under guidance of Stefan Gfeller.
Dirk Noy reports that a number of custom solutions were engineered and implemented, to meet the sophisticated demands of this system upgrade. These included auxiliary in-and outputs for broadcast trucks, exterior courtyard locations and a time-critical audio/video monitoring and communication system for the dual organ players who are positioned 1/5 second (60m – 200ft.) apart while performing their duets.
“In past years my family and I have attended services at the St. Ursen Cathedral. We were devastated when we learned of the fire,” Dirk Noy concludes. “It was a great privilege to participate in the renovation of this marvelous house of worship. And we were deeply humbled by complements from the Solothurn’s Roman Catholic Parish when they advised us that the sound of the music and the services performed in the renovated Cathedral were even better than they had been before the tragedy.”
1. St. Ursen Cathedral Exterior during restoration Photo credit: WSDG
2. Completed interior of St. Ursen Cathedral
Photo credit: Guido Schenker, Cultural Heritage Preservation, Solothurn
3. Completed interior of St. Ursen Cathedral Photo credit: Guido Schenker, Cultural Heritage Preservation, Solothurn
4. (l-t-r) WSDG Partner/European GM Dirk Noy, company principal John Storyk and project engineer Michael Chollet during restoration.
Photo credit: WSDG
5. Cathedral statuary during renovation
Photo credit: Flury und Rudolf Architekten AG
6. Scaffolding, cathedral interior during renovation
Photo credit: Flury und Rudolf Architekten AG
7. Cathedral ceiling during renovation
Photo credit: Flury und Rudolf Architekten AG
8. Carved limestone roses before and after the cleaning process
Photo credit: Flury und Rudolf Architekten AG
Walters-Storyk Design Group Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.
NEW YORK: On Tuesday, November 5th at 9PM, PBS American Masters Series will premiere Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin,’ a 2-hour biography of the iconic guitar hero. In addition to rare performance footage and interviews with Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Lou Adler and other music industry notables, the program will highlight the compelling history of Electric Lady, Hendrix’s personal recording studio. Still cranking out hits 43 years after opening it’s doors on West 8th Street, in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village, ELS was conceived by Hendrix’s producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, and designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group co-founder/architect/acoustician John Storyk, both of whom provide personal reminiscences of working with Jimi on the creation of Electric Lady. For a preview of this not-to-be missed program, please visit:
Photo: John Storyk (left) with Eddie Kramer at the original entrance to Electric Lady Studios. Please credit photo by Howard Sherman
Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as: Frank O. Ghery (Novartis Campus,) Rafael Vignoly (Jazz at Lincoln Center,) Norman Foster (El Aleph,) Oscar Niemeyer (CAMG,) Phillipe Stark (Faena Hotel,) Grimshaw (Zurich Airport,) and Santiago Calatrava (Berklee Valencia.) WSDG is a seven time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for NY’s Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.
BOSTON: 160 Massachusetts Avenue, the Berklee College of Music’s stunning new $100 million, sixteen-story, mixed-use building, is approaching completion. With initial openings planned for January 2014, and full occupancy scheduled for Spring 2014, the 155,000 square-foot tower represents a significant expansion for Berklee. It is also the first ground-up building in the school’s 66-year history. Distinguished by dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the sprawling music recording/education facility will house eight Walters-Storyk Design Group studios and a live room scaled to host a 50-piece orchestra.
WSDG Partner Sergio Molho, reports “The complex encompasses technical suites, classrooms, practice, ensemble and community rooms, a film dubbing theater and, a unique, three-story 4000 square foot, 400 seat, dual purpose, auditorium/dining hall. Designed by award-winning architects William Rawn Associates, the building will also serve as a residence for the entire 370-member freshman class. This has been one of the most ambitious projects of our 40 year+ company history,” Molho adds, “In addition to an invaluable contribution by our NY-based Sr. Project Manager Romina Larregina, it has engaged the talents and resources of each of our international offices, and virtually every one of our 50+ team members. It will be an extraordinary way to begin the New Year.”
One of the largest educational studio facilities built in the U.S. this year; the 18,000 SF recording/education complex at 160 Mass. offers students a massive battery of production, post-production and recording technology. Each of the four Production Control Suites is equipped with Genelec 8050A Speakers, MOTU MIDI Express 128, TC Electronics 6000 Remote CPUs, Ephonix MC Control, Akai MPK-61, Crown D75 Cu Amplifiers and a comprehensive collection of outboard gear and software programs. Tech Lab features include: Edirol UM-ONE, Euphonix MC Mix, Dangerous Music ST/ST Dynaudio AIR 15. The Central Machine Room incorporates a Dub Stage Digital Console Computer DF66; a Dub Stage Analog I/O AM713/MA703 console; a Dub Stage Console Sonic Wall Router and a host of high-end technology. The Mastering/Critical Listening Lab is outfitted with Euphonix MC Control, ATC SMC 150 ASL, Lipinski 707 Speakers, JL Audio Subwoofer F113 and Manley Mastering Backbone.
WSDG has a long-standing relationship with Berklee. John Storyk developed the school’s signature studio design course. He is also an adjunct professor, and lectures frequently to Berklee College music production and engineering students. This on-going connectivity with both faculty and students, played a significant role in the design program for 160 Mass. The most advanced predictive acoustic modeling software was engaged in the initial development stage, and the latest acoustical and technical innovations have been incorporated in every facet of the design to insure the highest degree of future-proofing for these studios and teaching labs.
For an overview on Berklee’s 160 Mass complex please visit: http://www.berklee.edu/Berklee160
For video tours visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu_iAWHH8Ho and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo4oaw2ArxY&feature=youtu.be
Photo: Rendering of Berklee College of Music 160 Mass.
Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (adjunct professor, Berklee College of Music,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as: Frank O. Ghery (Novartis Campus,) Rafael Vignoly (Jazz at Lincoln Center,) Norman Foster (El Aleph,) Oscar Niemeyer (CAMG,) Phillipe Stark (Faena Hotel,) Grimshaw (Zurich Airport,) and Santiago Calatrava (Berklee Valencia.) WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for NY’s Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.
OXFORD, UK: Beginning on Oct. 15th and running through the pre-Christmas shopping period until November 30, Sonnox will offer a substantial 40% discount on all plug-ins and bundles (excluding Codec Toolbox, GML Option.)
“We’ll shortly be releasing the next entry in our growing collection of 64-bit AAX plug-ins,” reveals Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames. “The Oxford Reverb has been on many Pro Tools users’ wish lists for Pro Tools 11 compatibility, so we’re delighted to be releasing an AAX version in the coming weeks. Now is an opportune time to buy Sonnox AAX plug-ins, as we’re currently running our biggest promotion to date,” Eames adds.
Photo: Sonnox offers a 40% discount on plug-ins and bundles Oct. 15 – Nov. 30, 2013
For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com
OXFORD, UK: Musicians, DJ’s, producers and engineers seeking an affordable solution to encode music for the web can now rely on the new Codec Toolbox. A collaboration between innovative plug-in developer Sonnox and mp3 creator Fraunhofer IIS, Codec Toolbox offers real-time codec auditioning, metadata editing and batch encoding, for only £35 GBP (approx. $55. ex. sales tax.)
Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager explains, “The impact made by the Pro-Codec on the professional mastering world convinced us that today’s generation of independent producers, engineers and artists need their music to sound great in every format. The Codec Toolbox uses high quality codecs from Fraunhofer and Apple to ensure that every mix sounds as good online as it does in the studio.”
Codec Toolbox is comprised of two applications: the Toolbox Plug-In, for real-time mix auditioning through various codecs; And, the Toolbox Manager, for encoding and adding metadata. A ‘clip safe’ function ensures clean encoded files, as the software auto-compensates for any overs during the encode process.
The Codec Toolbox is available to try for 15-days or to purchase at www.sonnox.com/codectoolbox
To learn more and watch an overview video, visit: www.sonnox.com/codectoolbox
Photo: The Codec Toolbox
For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com
Motivational Music & 21st Century Post-Production Technology Create A ‘Clear’ Inspirational Voice
NEW YORK: Author, teacher, physician, holistic health guru, Deepak Chopra is a trusted voice in alternative medicine. A long-time advocate of the physical and emotional advantages of mediation, Chopra developed a 21-Day program to help novice and accomplished mediators experience and master its life affirming benefits. A discussion with celebrated humanitarian and media icon, Oprah Winfrey led to a unique collaboration. Their latest offering, Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Mediation Challenge™: Miraculous Relationships offers an illuminating, eminently accessible program of concentrated contemplation. This past August, nearly 700,000 people participated in the online audio version of the challenge.
To produce this worthy addition to the meditation lexicon, the Chopra Center, engaged composer/recording artist Scott E. Moore and his production company WingTip, Inc. In addition to his musical talents, Moore is an accomplished writer/director who had previously worked with Chopra on several high-end wellness videos. The assignment was to compose, produce and record 120 minutes of original music to serve as the instrumental soundtracks for Chopra’s recorded mediation guides.
“My first creative decision after getting the job was to call guitarist/composer/producer/engineer, Rich Tozzoli in to collaborate with me on this challenging project,” Moore reveals. “I’ve worked with Rich for years on many creative projects in the music and film worlds, and I knew he was gifted with the inspiration and the technical ability to help me develop two hours of innovative music within our six-week production time-frame.”
Each of the 21 individual tracks features a two-minute introduction by Oprah Winfrey, followed by a three-minute inspirational/instructional message recorded by Deepak Chopra before transitioning into a harmonious 8 minute “sound-scape” composed by Moore and Tozzoli. The objective of their collaboration was to approximate a film score “without the images,” a soothing aural environment to stimulate the mediators imagination.
Recording in a variety of Locations, Moore and Tozzoli invited a diverse group of skilled musicians to perform on the tracks. Guest artists included Akua Dixon (playing a 100 year old Cello), David Ondrick (Tibetan Bowls and toning chants), Kristen Hevner-Wyatt (acoustic piano), Andy Munitz (Violin), Bruce MacPherson (vintage anologue synthesizers) and Laura Josephson (classical Flageolet flute, circa 1830) and Ray Levier (drums, percussion, bowed vibraphone). Moore and Tozzoli added their own performances on both vintage and contemporary 6 and 12 string guitars, classical guitars, keyboards and electronic sound design. The tracks also incorporate ‘natural sounds’ including ocean, streams, bird songs and even the 17-year cicadas.
In creating the music, Tozzoli used the Sonnox Reverb, EQ, Dynamics and Inflator Plug-ins. Applying the Just Reverb setting helped him to create custom ambiences in conjunction with Altiverb and Eventide Space. He found the Inflator particularly useful on the acoustic instruments, in enabling him to increase their presence in the mix. He employed the EQ Plug-in to cut extraneous low end out of the reverbs, ‘cleaning’ the mix so as not to interfere with Deepaks voice – which includes numerous low frequencies. The Sonnox Oxford Dynamics Plug-in aided him in taming occasional instrumental ‘peaks’ in a clean, non-invasive way.
“Our project was well underway when we received Deepak’s initial introductory recordings,” Moore recalls. “Having worked with him on a video project, and being familiar with his work and speech patterns, I was aware that he had a rich tone, but also has a pronounced sibilance in his voice. Rich Tozzoli who has extensive engineering credits and is one of the most technically proficient recording artist/composers I know, immediately proposed that we suggest using the Sonnox Oxford SuprEsser plug-in to minimize this issue.”
“The SuprEsser proved itself to be a highly-featured De-Esser with an intuitive graphic display and three distinct listening modes. The Chopra Center’s engineers, who were responsible for marrying Deepak’s narration to the music, were able to dramatically improve the quality of Deepak’s voiceover, from previous recordings. The SuprEsser’s Automatic Level Tracking, and full (20Hz-20KHz) spectrum operation made an invaluable contribution to the overall quality of this project,” Moore adds. “We are really proud of our work on this, and especially to be part of creating something beautiful that can have such a positive impact on people’s lives.”
The Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Mediation Challenge™: Miraculous Relationships is currently available on CD, in two forms: the original guided meditation challenge and the Music & Mantras version.
Photo: Rich Tozzoli (left) and Scott E. Moore in Tozzoli’s home studio. Photo by Claudine Ohayon
For information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com
Avid’s Audio Community to Enjoy Additional High-End Plug-ins with Pro Tools 11
OXFORD, UK: Sonnox has announced the release of 64-bit AAX DSP and AAX Native plug-ins for Pro Tools 11. The latest version of Pro Tools, the most used and trusted DAW in the industry, provides exponentially improved AAX plug-in performance over prior versions, including such time-saving capabilities as offline bounce to disk, and complete sound parity when sharing sessions between DSP-accelerated and native-based Pro Tools systems.
Currently available Sonnox AAX plug-ins include: Oxford EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, TransMod and, Oxford Limiter. Sonnox reports that additional AAX plug-ins will be forthcoming throughout 2013, as the company continues to port its entire range to the new AAX plug-in standard for Pro Tools.
To learn more about Sonnox and AAX please visit: www.sonnox.com
Photo: Sonnox AAX Plug-ins are now available for Pro Tools 11
Successful Acoustic Treatments Lead To Audio Post Suite Design
DOHA, QATAR: When WSDG Partner/Director of International Relations Sergio Molho tasked project engineer Marc Viadiu with attending the Broadcast & Film Africa 2012 Conference in Kenya last year, they didn’t anticipate initiating a major new project. However, Viadiu’s meeting with, Qatar Television (QTV), Support & Development Committee, Audio Chief, Xavier Massard, produced exactly that. In preparing to open a world-class TV production complex, QTV, required precise acoustical measurements and specific recommendations for reducing reverberation time on their three primary studio sets. The multi-national, Walters-Storyk Design Group specializes in those services.
“In Kenya, Marc Viadiu provided Mr. Massard with examples of WSDG’s testing procedures and expertise in broadcast production facility design in Europe, South America and the U.S.,” Molho says. “I made an initial site visit in mid-October and returned with Marc in November to perform acoustic measurement and simulation tests. We made a third site visit to present our evaluation report and recommendations.”
QTV has three permanent program sets. The 14,788 sq. ft./39.4 ft. high News Show and 10,764 sq ft./39.4 ft. high Evening Show sets live within the TV Production Complex, The 3230 sq. ft./ 26.2 ft. high Morning Show set is situated within “The Pearl,” a large commercial mall. WSDG’s mandate was to fine tune the interior room acoustics, and resolve disparate isolation issues for all three studios. A primary condition was that the work be completed within a two-month, time frame to enable the station to begin scheduled broadcasting on December 16, 2012.
“WSDG worked with leading acoustical material manufacturers in Europe to provide the requisite isolation treatments,” Molho reports. “We had the necessary custom acoustic absorption panels fabricated to international broadcast industry standards. And, we met the 60-day deadline. Additionally,” Molho emphasizes, “WSDG supervised the design, construction and certification of two 9’ high, 3.5’ wide custom acoustic doors for the Evening Show Studio. Those doors, each weighing a full ton, were installed during the second phase of the project in February, 2013.”
Working closely with Xavier Massard and with Kinan Massard, QTV, Chief of Video, WSDG focused on providing highly effective acoustic solutions, including 1250 sqm of Melamine foam, (61 cubic meters) and 700 sqm of polyurethane foam (21 cubic meters). As per client directives, the installation is completely undetectable to viewers.
“The success of this initial project has led QTV to engage WSDG for a 2nd project, a new audio post suite,” Molho concludes. “We are very pleased to have established a productive working relationship with QTV, and we look forward to being of additional service to them in the future.”
Photo 1. (l-t-r) QTV, Support & Development Committee, Audio Chief, Xavier Massard, WSDG Partner/Director of Int’l Relations, Sergio Molho and QTV, Chief of Video, Kinan Massard,
2 & 3. QTV News Show set
4. QTV Evening Show set
5. QTV Building (during construction)
Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City and Mumbai.
To Enhance the Music, Improve the Intelligibility and Quiet the Noise
UPPER MARLBORO, MD: Dr. Peter D’Antonio began his career as a diffraction physicist at the Naval Research Lab (NRL) in 1967. A musician and composer with an interest in recording, Dr. D’Antonio designed and built the Underground Sound Studio in his home in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, he became intrigued with the possibility of using diffusing surfaces based on a mathematical number theory, initially developed by Carl Friedrich Gauss in the 18th century, to diffuse rather than absorb the reflected sound from the rear wall of his control room. D’Antonio was familiar with these new, periodic diffusing surfaces; because they were 2-dimensional versions of the 3-D crystal lattices he was studying using X-ray diffraction. As a result of this research, the RPG® Diffusor was born, along with a new Live-End-Dead-End design for control rooms, using a ‘Reflection Free Zone,’ (RFZTM,) which remains the de facto design standard today.
While still working as a diffraction physicist, he incorporated RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc. in 1983. “The RPG Diffuser, which was inducted into the music industry’s TECnology Hall of Fame this year, was the first innovation inspired by our mission of ‘expanding the acoustical palette through a continued commitment to fundamental acoustics research,’” D’Antonio reveals. “Recording studio owners and designers were quick to embrace these revolutionary units. They proved highly effective in improving room acoustics and they provided handsome aesthetic enhancements as well. We literally launched a new industry.” In 1996, Dr. D’Antonio retired from NRL to devote full time to growing RPG from a pioneer in the recording industry to providing new solutions in the general architectural acoustics market. Over the past thirty years, RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc.’s award-winning innovations have changed the face (and the sound) of recording, broadcast, and performance environments. Today, a wide array of RPG products are engaged to enhance an astonishing range of acoustically challenged environments around the globe.
RPG recently instituted a new management team. Dr. Peter D’Antonio is now Chairman/ CEO, and two long-term RPG team members who have contributed greatly to the firms success, have been promoted to senior management positions. John Groth has been appointed President/CFO, Jeff Madison has been named Executive Vice President. Research continues to nourish RPG product advances.
The firm has pioneered a 3-decade-long progression of groundbreaking developments, now considered indispensible to architects and acousticians. Today, a mature assessment of the need for improved acoustics is manifest far beyond the professional audio recording and broadcast studio enclave. RPG products are employed by a client base that encompasses schools, corporate boardrooms and auditoriums, concert halls, motion picture and live performance theaters, Houses of Worship, home theaters, stadiums, restaurants and the burgeoning Project Studio market.
“On-going dialogues with professional organizations such as the Audio Engineering Society, the Acoustical Society of America and Syn-Aud-Con, coupled with long-term relationships with leading architects and acousticians have inspired a number of our new products over the years,” D’Antonio says. In addition to the RPG Diffusor System, which has continued evolving to include the widest range and highest performance sound diffusors, RPG has also developed a wide range of innovative absorbing surfaces.
The ModffusorTM eliminates all the limitations of the original QRD® and represents the highest diffusive performance to date; Waveform® is a patented wide range of optimized curvilinear shapes for wall or suspended cloud installation; Topakustik® and Topperfo®, are key elements in the most expansive and versatile sound absorbing wood plank and panel system, representing hallmarks of high quality installations. “Newer products like Quietstone® , an innovative approach to utilizing recycled stone aggregate or glass to control noise, sound reflections and excess reverberation, and Clearsorber® Foil and Deamp, transparent sound absorbers with microperforations and micro-slits, respectively, illustrate the validity of our philosophy of dedicated R&D,” D’Antonio asserts.
An increasing commitment by architects to improving the sound quality in new public and private buildings has seen RPG products perform noteworthy acoustical services in many significant international projects. These include: The New York TimesCenter, designed by Renzo Piano; Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, recently completed in Dubai; Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Jungle City, NY’s acclaimed destination recording studio; Sony Computer Entertainment America, San Mateo, CA; the renowned Jazz At Lincoln Center Complex; and, most recently the SFJAZZ Center an extraordinary new 35,000 sq. ft ‘sanctuary for jazz,’ in San Francisco.
“We consider the past 30 years a prelude to the next 3 decades,” Peter D’Antonio adds. “Sophisticated new research, measurement and simulation tools and innovative new acoustic materials are constantly being introduced. Awareness of the critical role performed by acoustics in our social, business and entertainment worlds has never been higher. Our commitment to on-going research and our state-of-the art measurement facilities for determining the absorption, scattering and diffusion coefficients are increasingly productive. RPG’s staff of mathematicians, acousticians, musicians and architects continues to guide our firm towards more breakthrough developments; and to on-going improvements to products already established as industry standards. The future looks good to us, and we’re dedicated to making it sound even better,” he concludes.
Photo 1. Dr. Peter D’Antonio, RPG Difuser Systems, Inc. Founder/Chairman/CEO
Photo 2. (l-t-r) RPG Difuser Systems, Inc. Founder/Chairman/CEO, Dr. Peter D’Antonio, President/CFO John Groth, and Executive Vice President Jeff Madison.
NOTE: In 2007, Dr. Peter D’Antonio established the Chesapeake Acoustic Research Institute, LLC www.cari-llc.com, The Institute is focused on providing the architectural acoustics community with continuing acoustical education, experimentation/proof-of-performance testing and exploration of more effective room designs, with the ultimate goal of improving the acoustics of the built environment.
Formed in 1983, RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc. is committed to continually expand the acoustical palette of tools available to the design community, builders and customers. RPG is located at 651 C Commerce Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Phone:301 249 0044, Email: email@example.com or visit: http://www.rpginc.com/
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