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The Class of 2019 Revisited

It’s never too late to profile world-class projects…

Last month we profiled 19 new studios from around the world as part of our annual showcase dedicated to studio designers and acousticians. In putting together the piece, we inadvertently failed to include a few facilities that were meant to be part of the Class of 2019. But it’s never too late to profile world-class projects…

Read More: The Class of 2019

Bandrika Studios, Tarzana, Calif.

Studio Design and Acoustics: Kaufman & Associates & Soler Architecture

Kaufman & Associates & Soler Architecture designed Bandrika Studios, which opened its doors in June 2018, for award-winning composer Nathan Barr. The 8,500-square-foot facility houses a lively 1.5-second scoring stage capable of recording up to 60 players. Bandrika’s scoring stage offers multiple unique features, including the recently restored and installed 1928 Wurlitzer theater pipe organ originally built for the Twentieth-Century Fox scoring stage. The organ and its pipes, percussion, and mechanical elements occupy a two-story infrastructure that extends beyond one end of the stage.

The comfortable 510-square-foot control room features unobstructed visibility to the stage and is outfitted with B&W 802D3 monitors, an 82-inch monitor for viewing picture, an Avid S3 controller with dual 32-inch monitors, Pro Tools HD, an assortment of outboard mic preamps, Grace M906 monitor control, and a Doepfer 88-key controller. The control room yields an exceptional listening experience whether you’re at the mix position, producer’s desks, or seated in the rear of the room.

For a full feature story on Nathan Barr, see the September 2018 issue of Mix or visit

Château Noir, Nashville, Tenn.

Studio Design and Acoustics: Steven Durr Designs

Steven Durr approached the design of Chateau Noir as a unique creative space tailored for how owner Jarrad K, a writer, producer and engineer, brings his vision into reality. With a large window connecting the control room and tracking rooms, the studio feels intimate and connected. The cedar roof over the drum and vocal booths warms the vaulted live room both sonically and aesthetically. An SDD-tuned control room with a custom console (a PM1000 designed by Tim “TK” Kelly and Jarrad K, with console mods to Neve 1073 spec by Dave Wheeler at Wave Audio), is as inviting as it is accurate, with mix decisions being able to be made in any part of the room.

Besides the custom console, the studio includes Pro Tools and Logic DAWs; Antelope Orion 32+, UA Apollo Twin and UAD Satellite Bundle, EL8X Distressors, Warm Audio 1176s, Slate VMS Pre and KRK VXT 8 monitoring.