Specialist studio building company Form & Funktion have signed acontract to build and install new recording facilities at the RoyalNational Theatre on London’s South Bank. The contract for the newfacilities’ design was awarded to UK acoustic consultancy MunroAssociates. The Munro team will work closely with Form & Funktionto transform space in the theater’s basement into two production roomsand a live area, with audio and video tie lines to the three NationalStages. There will also be Foley facilities to create soundeffects.
The sound studios will be used to record music and sound effects forvarious productions and audio-based marketing and promotional materialfor the theater itself. The studios will also handle the video andaudio recordings of productions that are made for the theatre’sarchives.
Work on the project began last month and is expected to be completedin three months.
Form & Funktion’s managing director Clive Glover said, “TheRoyal National Theatre has waited 30 years for these facilities; theywere designed into the original plans but when the theater was builtback in 1976, there wasn’t enough money to install them. However,thanks to National Lottery funding and a donation from the RoseFoundation, the theater now has the budget to complete the project. Weare delighted to have been chosen to handle the building work andacoustic installation.”
Equipment lists for the two production rooms are still beingfinalized, but are likely to include a Yamaha 02R console, Genelecmonitoring and Pro Tools.
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