White Mark client Modern World Studios in London
Acoustic and technical design company White Mark Ltd., based in Suffolk, UK, celebrated its 10th anniversary by completing its 100th audio post-production control room in London’s Soho. Envy’s Studio D is expected to open for business by the end of November.
Studio D is the sixth audio room designed by White Mark in a six-story complex north of Oxford Street. It’s configured to work in surround sound with a separate vocal booth. Studio D complements the full range of suites that were originally built into the complex, which range from tracking rooms to the Dolby-licensed Studio A. All are equipped with White Mark’s woven screens, which were chosen for their acoustic transparency and full surround monitor systems by Exigy.
Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd. specializes in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last decade, the company has designed and supervised the construction of more than 170 audio production suites worldwide.
The company’s client list encompasses famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Hit Factory in New York City (for which the company won a coveted TEC Award for Best Acoustic Design), Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. More recently, White Mark has designed UK facilities such as Kore, Modern World (pictured) and Blast.
“London’s Soho is internationally recognized as a center of excellence for the audio and video post-production industries, for both television and film programming and associated commercials creation,” says White Mark’s managing director David Bell. “To date, we have worked for over 40 companies in Soho, including Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, Ascent Media, Wave and Boom. These companies are working at the top of the world’s production industry and have produced numerous groundbreaking and award-winning films, television programs and commercials. We are very proud that a significant proportion, if not the majority, of mainstream British television output passes through rooms designed by White Mark.”
White Mark reports that it is seeing significant demand from the film audio community.
“Much of our success is down to the way we run the business and approach projects,” Bell says. “Foregoing the idea of a central office has helped us keep operating costs to a minimum and encouraged regular site visits, which are vital for customer satisfaction. We spend a great deal of time talking to clients so that we can assess the basic feasibility of a project and what the facility owner wants from his or her investment before a commitment is made. We believe it is very important to win the client’s trust and we don’t start charging for our design input until we have agreed the basic layouts, costings and performance aspirations.”
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