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SFP: New Rooms, 2011

Mix Spotlights New Sound for Picture Post Production Facilities in 2011

In last month’s issue, Mix spotlighted new rooms to open up across the world. Here, we’re putting the limelight on new post rooms.

Corus Entertainment (Toronto)
Quadrangle Architects designed the new 500,000-square-foot Corus Quay space, which sits in an already-underway office project designed by Diamond + Schmitt Architects; structural changes included accommodating the large double studio in the Atrium, raising the ceiling height of the ground floor for the performance studio and changing the shape of one portion of the building to provide nine radio studios with direct views into the studios from the public promenade. Quadrangle modified the base building to integrate the corporate headquarters, bringing print, animation, broadcast and new-media properties under one green roof. Within the state-of-the-art digital production infrastructure is a master control that distributes 24 broadcast feeds and can hold up to three times that number. Acoustics treatments—handled by Terry Medwedyk of Group One Acoustics—include sand-filled floors with double-wall acoustic partitions in the recording booths. Main gear includes a Wheatstone TDM Bridge, Tannoy Reveal 6 and NEC monitors, a Midas Venice 320 and Pro Tools 003 Rack Plus.

FigTree Studios (Barcelona)
Built within a former motorcycle factory, this new space was designed by Philip Newell (a fellow of UK professional body the Institute of Acoustics) and Eliana Valdigem (an associate member of the IOA) to gain Dolby Premier certification. Select equipment includes a 32-fader Euphonix Fusion S5 with PEC direct and joystick film module, Pro Tools HD3 and a Reflexion Arts monitoring system. According to designer Andrew Galletly, “There is very little electronic ‘room’ equalization used, as most of the response tailoring is achieved via the loudspeaker design and the room acoustics. It also has a woven screen, which again helps to improve the acoustics by avoiding the acoustic anomalies of perforated screens.”

Big U Music Sound Design (Phoenix)
Co-owner Sam Esparza achieved an acoustically and aesthetically pleasing control room to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the studio in its current location. A unique design feature was using some wasted space in the spayed walls to create a “Composition Cove,” which double as a composer’s writing space and a control room for live tracking (Apple Logic). Esparza was also able to create a combo bass trap/rear-wall diffuser by using the wasted space. Four Auralex Space Arrays suspended within the cavity provides the proper amount of rear-wall diffusion. Genelec 1032 monitors are mounted within a splayed 30-degree wall. Primacoustic Recoil Stabilizers placed on top additionally isolates the monitor and tilts it down five degrees to achieve the proper aim to the mix position.