Disc Makers recently upgraded its in-house mastering facility, The SoundLab at Disc Makers (www.discmakers.com/music/soundlab), to include SADiE and Sonic Studio workstations and loads of digital and analog outboard gear. Disc Makers’ Jon Marc, who has designed and consulted on studios for DJ Jazzy Jeff, NBA player Rasheed Wallace (Direct Hits Studio) and former NFL player Blair Thomas (Excalibur Productions), chose Dynaudio M3 monitors and placed them on 1,000-pound concrete blocks coupled to the building’s foundation for accurate bass reproduction.
“The outer walls contain three completely sealed layers of drywall with a middle resilient channel for optimum sound isolation and bass absorption,” Marc explained. “We designed a custom absorptive interior skin for the room with soffitt-integrated bass traps that removed any parallel surfaces, eliminating flutter echo and other unwanted artifacts. The walls were then outfitted with custom-designed curved-wood diffusion panels that were added to the sides and back of the room to produce desired reflections to the sweet spots and improve spatial imaging.”
According to Disc Makers’ audio engineering manager, Paul Elliott, “The atmosphere and acoustics definitely went up a notch. With a flat frequency response down to 50 Hz, the new room and equipment allow us to be just that much more effective during our mastering sessions. We can trust our speakers and ears a little bit more and make better decisions on how to effectively convey the project’s message.”