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Hardwell Takes Genelecs on a Caribbean Holiday

Studio designer Jan Morel recently designed a recording studio, outfitted with Genelec studio monitors, for Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer Hardwell's private Caribbean retreat.

Hardwell’s studio at his new holiday home on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.
Hardwell’s studio at his new holiday home on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.

Natick, MA (May 13, 2020)—Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer Hardwell has a new studio at his new holiday home on the Caribbean island of Curaçao has a different look to his production facility in the Netherlands, but it features the same Genelec studio monitors.

“He is used to Genelec; his main studio is equipped with 1034Bs, a 7073A and 8341As. For him there is no other option to go for, or work with,” says studio designer Jan Morel.

This is the third studio Morel has designed for Hardwell. “The architect gave me the location and the space in the house for the studio, and with this information, I had to figure out how to make it possible,” he says.

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The aesthetic requirements for the new studio demanded a different design from Hardwell’s all-white main studio in the Netherlands, with the style, colors and architecture mirroring the house in Curaçao itself. While the monitoring brand has remained the same, Morel opted for a slightly different Genelec solution in response to the different acoustic environment of the new space.

A pair of 1237A studio monitors have been installed as the main monitoring solution, about six feet from the listening position, with two 8330A monitors positioned about four feet away to provide the nearfield system. A 7071A dual 12-inch subwoofer has been placed under the desk but off center, close to the wall, to manage low frequencies.

As part of Genelec’s Smart Active Monitoring family, the 1237A and 8330A monitors were configured and calibrated using the manufacturer’s own GLM software. “When this had been done, we further calibrated it manually within GLM to get the most satisfying personal result for the engineer. In this case of course, the engineer is Hardwell himself,” Morel says.

Hardwell is happy with the results, he reports. “He had seen the design before I started finishing the room, and when we finished the room for real, he was really flabbergasted and blown away by the result both in sound and looks. It was beyond his expectation.”

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