Remote Luxury Resort Studio in French Polynesia
Pictured is the control room of Paradise Island Studio.
Horacio Malvicino’s NYC-based Malvicino Designs Group (MDG) has completed the new Paradise Island Studio in French Polynesia. Nukutepipi is home to Cirque du Soleil creator Guy Laliberte’s private compound, which includes his recording studio.
The facility is equipped with an Avid S6 console, Neve, API, SSL, UA and Shadow Hills outboard gear; ATC monitors, an Aviom headphone system, along with an extensive collection of analog synthesizers. Sommer Cable’s MC-Mistral analog/digital combo cable was used throughout the new complex. After the studio’s completion, the first artist to write and record in the new space was U2’s Bono.
In addition to the studio itself, artists are able to record from all over the island, including a 50-foot tall observation tower. All recording locations are connected to the studio control room through Sommer Cable via Dante. The design team overcame many challenges due to the remoteness of the location, and in preparation for the buildout assembled the entire studio in the US to verify that all gear was in top working order before shipping materials.
The team consisted of Guy Laliberte and his technology advisor Steve Cloutier; Eric Lynn of Infinite Studio Solutions; Horacio Malvicino and Fabiola Mena of Malvicino Design Group; and architect Richard Dulude. Equipment was provided by Stephen Bannister of Westlake Pro.
Eric Lynn was the chief facilitator and person in charge of the project. He is a studio and workflow designer best known for his role as Director of Operations at Rick Rubin’s Shangri La Studios since 2008. His background as an artist, performer, producer, and engineer lends a unique perspective that he draws from when designing state-of-the-art and highly customized studios.
The Malvicino Design Group specializes in recording studio architecture, custom acoustics, and manufacturing of audio products. They have wired, integrated and commissioned over 500 studios over the years. Horacio Malvicino, who holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, decided to use the unique Sommer MC-Mistral analog/digital combo cable for Paradise Island Studio.
Sommer Cable was used for all connectivity throughout Paradise Island.
Because of the cable’s accurate and precise capacitance, high transmission quality is assured over long distances. The wire pairs of Sommer’s Mistral cable have a pre-twisted drain wire and another shielding made from AL/PT compound foil. For added protection against corrosion and oxidation, both the conductors and the drain wire are tinned. The returns on the cable splices are easily recognizable by the color-coding on the conductor pairs.
“This studio is unique and simply astounding, with great attention to detail and especially durability,” commented Horacio Malvicino. “And it’s clear that Sommer Cable was a great choice for this new studio.”
Malvicino emphasizes the service aspect of Sommer Cable. “Their dedication to the client is thorough and everything’s easy to order online. We’re sourcing everything from them, including connectors and peripherals. The quality of their craftsmanship is brilliant.”
Learn more about the Malvicino Design Group: http://www.malvicinodg.com
Learn more about Sommer’s Mistral cable: https://usashop.sommercable.com/en/Cable/Bulk-Cable-Audio/Multipair-SC-Mistral-MCF-100-0101.html
Free one-foot Mistral cable samples are available upon request.
ABOUT MALVACINO DESIGN GROUP (MDG)
Malvicino Design Group is a design and consulting firm specializing in innovative architectural, acoustical, and technical systems design. With nearly two decades of experience in the corporate, broadcast, multimedia, entertainment, and consumer industries and markets, MDG has established industry trust with a solid reputation for creative yet practical designs, integrated with sound engineering and close interaction with clients. MDG’s foundation in architectural, acoustical, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as music, recording engineering, and studio business guarantees a uniquely custom approach to each project.
ABOUT SOMMER CABLE
Sommer Cable Germany is an enterprising development and manufacturing company of innovative and unique cable, connector and electronic products for the Studio, A/V Installation, Live Sound, Broadcast, Video, Music, IT and HiFi markets, with business partners in over 50 countries. In 2015, Sommer Cable America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sommer Cable Germany, was established in Santa Rosa, CA. Jed Larson is COO of the new company, which supplies the North American markets with Sommer’s wide range of innovative and high quality products. 707.200.4020 http://sommercable.com/en