MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY: Vivace Music, an elegant, high-end recording studio, has debuted in the heart of Montevideo, the 1/4Switzerland1/4 of Latin America. Acoustically superb, and aesthetically unique, studio details are highlighted by rare wood elements such as doors, window trim, flooring and custom furniture built with recycled wood acquired from ancient wooden casks originally used for the leather tanning industry, (one the multiple activities of studio co-owner Luis Cesio).
Designed to accommodate the full spectrum of Latin, jazz, pop, rock and world music production, Vivace establishes a new standard of high-quality audio production for South America. The 1000 sq. ft. complex features a 450 sq. ft. live room outfitted with variable acoustics and shared by two comfortable control rooms, each with it’s own Iso Booth. Control Room A is equipped with an SSL AWS948 – 48 channel console, Pro Tools HD – 48 channels, Stereo ATC SCM 150A Surround and Genelec 8050 /7070 monitors. Control B features Command 8 Control surface, Pro Tools HD. and Surround JBL LSR6325 monitoring. The studio also offers a substantial collection of outboard gear including preamps and compressors (API, AVALON, Manley, Empirical Labs, Neve, Teletronics, etc), and numerous vintage mics and instruments.
“The acoustic qualities and isolation developed by WSDG enable us to work at any sound level without concern for extraneous noise entering the studio or leaking out to our neighbors,” explain Studio co-founder/partners Cesar Lamschtein and Louis Cesio. WSDG Latin director Sergio Molho, developed a turn-key design and build program which engaged local talent for technical and specialty item finishes, and, an experienced studio construction crew to insure critical isolation. Grammy-winning engineer/WSDG Brasil partner/GM, Renato Cipriano, coordinated final tuning and certification of the ATC monitoring systems.
Photo 1. Vivace Music Control A
Photo 2. Vivace Music Live Room
Photos by Silvia Campos Ulloa
Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Bejing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.