Recording

Extreme Mastering Makeover

When Extreme Music (London), the production music arm of Sony ATV, wanted to upgrade its layout and acoustics in its new mastering facility, the staff turned to White Mark, which employed its Fast St 9/01/2011 5:00 AM Eastern

Nick Cooke in the new mastering facility

When Extreme Music (London), the production music arm of Sony ATV, wanted to upgrade its layout and acoustics in its new mastering facility, the staff turned to White Mark, which employed its Fast Studio construction method, bringing the goal to fruition in just seven days.

White Mark marketing director David Bell explains how this can be done: “Our system uses properly constructed and individually specified acoustic modules that are assembled off-site, making them very quick and easy to install. They are ideal for rooms using free-standing monitors and in which there is no need for full isolation. We always insist that Fast Studio customers have their initial drawings and monitor setups carried out by our team of experts so that we can guarantee the viability of using the system and the level of performance that will be achieved.”

White Mark’s builders, Oakwood, installed six panels and created a new section of flooring that is rigidly fixed to the concrete structure beneath and packed all remaining voids with mineral wool to control unwanted resonances.

Nick Cooke, who joined Extreme Music a year ago from De Wolfe Music, says, “The new system has made a huge difference to the acoustics of the room, to the extent that even our non-technical staff comment on how much smoother everything sounds. I’m also thrilled with the new layout [turning the room around and positioning the desk in front of the window], which has made it a much nicer place in which to spend time.”