LYNCHBURG, VA. Liberty University, America’s largest private, non-profit Christian university, has commissioned WSDG (Walters-Storyk Design Group) to design a state-of-the art recording/teaching studio for their expanding campus. Set within a dedicated 1600 sq. ft. sector carved out of the recently completed 141,000 sq. ft. Center for Music & The Worship Arts Building, the studio is wired to record throughout the building from rehearsal rooms to the 1600 seat concert hall. The studio will also be used in conjunction with the university’s School of Music, Songwriting, Artist Development, Recording, Engineering and Producing, Film Scoring, and Jazz Studies programs as well as for Red Tie Music, the school’s recently acquired professional Christian music publishing and recording label.
Nathan Zwald, Assistant Professor of Sound Recording, and Director of Audio Production, reports that Liberty University’s, new studio will feature a 500 sq. ft. Control Room capable of hosting up to 15 students, a spacious 350 sq. ft. live room, a 100 sq. ft. ISO booth and a 200 (sq. ft.) Piano Room. “We are committed to preparing our students to excel in today’s highly competitive digital production environment,” Zwald said. “Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017, this new studio will play a key role in their training, and a be vital asset to our music publishing and recording mission.
“We performed an extensive search for the optimal architectural/acoustic design firm. WSDG’s credentials were exceptionally strong in both the educational and the professional studio sectors,” Zwald adds. “They are living up to their reputation for creativity, professionalism, and cost effectiveness. Our new WSDG-designed studio will provide students with a modern learning facility equipped to prepare them for demanding 21st century recording/performing/production/ and teaching jobs,” he concludes.
“WSDG has created educational facilities around the world including NYU’s Steinhardt/Dolan Music Technology Center, Javeriana University, Bogota, Colombia, and the Berklee College of Music Valencia, Spain Complex,” remarked WSDG Partner/Project Manager Romina Larregina. “We are very pleased to add Liberty University to this distinguished client list.”
“As an adjunct professor of Acoustics and Studio Design at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and through my on-going lecture program, I have come to appreciate the enthusiasm of music production and recording students across the country,” remarked WSDG founding partner John Storyk. “Having created teaching studios (and courses) for many prominent schools, including Ex’Pression College, SF; and Full Sail Center, Orlando, we have developed a unique expertise in this area. We are confident that Liberty University’s students will benefit greatly from their new state-of-the-art studio.”
Liberty University’s Center for Music & The Worship Arts Building (pictured) will soon complete a 1600 sq. ft. WSDG recording/teaching studio. Photo Courtesy of Liberty University
WSDG, a media facility design and consulting firm has collaborated on over 3500 audio /video facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios (1969); NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and, Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU, The Art Institutes and Berklee College of Music, Valencia and Boston (2015 TEC winner); and media rooms for such corporate clients as Hoffman La Roche, Cemex, and Sony. Studio projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios for award winning engineer, Ann Mincieli, Green Day (CA), Jay-Z (NY), film composers Carter Burwell (NY), A.R. Rahman (India), Aerosmith (Boston), Bruce Springsteen (NJ), Alicia Keys (NY), and Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios (London).WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, Sergio Molho, Silvia Molho, Renato Cipriano, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Phillipe Stark. WSDG is a ten-time winner of the NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in New York, Miami, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Basel (Switzerland) with representatives in Barcelona (Spain), Moscow, Guangzhou (China), Florence (Italy), Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.