MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA: Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia, is rapidly establishing itself as a leader in that country’s film, TV and audio production/post production industry. In 2011 two of the industry’s most successful sound recording /mixing experts joined together to create Clap Studios, a multi-faceted audio recording/mixing service. In 2014 they decided to expand their facility with a state-of-the-art Dolby® Certified Dubbing Theater. To meet their client’s highest-level acoustic and aesthetic requirements, Clap partners Gabriel Jaime Perez, Daniel Vasquez and Daniel Jaramillo, engaged the services of WSDG Latin.
Situated within the Medellin Audiovisual Center, Clap Studios is equipped with JBL 7.1 Cinema loudspeakers, Pro Tools HD, and a Dolby® Digital Film Processing Unit. The installation was fully supervised, evaluated, and certified by Dolby representatives from Mexico and Los Angeles. The complex includes a 5.1 Surround mixing studio for TV, a Foley studio, an ADR/VO dubbing room, editing suites, and a full range of sound design, mixing recording and support services. A Dolby Atmos® system is projected for future installation.
Clap Studio’s new WSDG 600 sq. ft. Dubbing Theater was created to provide local (and international) film and video-makers with a world-class facility for mixing and screening. The desk is set on a raised, highly polished wooden platform before a handsome, wooden rear wall diffuser. The walls and 14’ high ceiling have been treated with fabric-covered absorptive elements to insure flawless acoustics for the JBL 7.1 Cinema loudspeaker system. London-based sound engineer/supervisor, Daniel Jaramillo designed the audio/visual integration program, and head of production, Daniel Vasquez served as general project director. WSDG Partner/Art Director, Silvia Molho collaborated with WSDG Latin Partner, Renato Cipriano to create the theater’s elegant interior and smart lighting design plan.
“We are fortunate to have attracted projects with a number of major artists,” says Clap Studios Manager/Producer Gabriel Jaime Perez. “Talent of this caliber expects an extremely sophisticated listening environment, first tier technology and a chic, contemporary interior. WSDG’s design and acoustic expertise has provided us with a Dubbing Theater that looks, sounds and functions at world-class standards. Now we are positioned to serve the most discerning clients, and we look forward to helping raise Medellin’s reputation for creativity and professionalism within the international film & TV production community.”
Photos 1. Clap Studios, Sound Supervisor, Daniel Jaramillo, Head of Post-Production, Daniel Vásquez, and CEO/Producer, Gabriel J. Pérez.
2&3 Clap Studios 7.1 Dolby® – Approved Dubbing Theater front-to-rear & rear-to-front
WSDG-Walters-Storyk Design Group, 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, Art Institute 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 and private studios for Green Day (CA), Jay-Z (NY), film composers Carter Burwell (NY) and 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 nine-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, St. Petersburg, Guangzhou (China), Florence (Italy), Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.