Each Job is Unique

The photographs on the first two pages of this website show a variety of acoustic designs for a range of different purposes. Sonobox, for example, is in the ground floor and basement of a residential building in central Madrid, whilst Calma Estudis is on the specially reinforced top floor of an apartment building in Mallorca. Although the two studios bear a visual resemblance to each other, and sound very similar, their inner constructions are very different due to the differences between the buildings in which they are sited.

Neo was constructed in a newly-built winery of the same name, in the Ribero del Duero region of Spain. It also has microphone lines for recording in the enormous hall where all the wine barrels are stored. Tio Pete was built in an industrial warehouse, where the owner asked Philip Newell to design the studio as though it were for himself. Cinemar Films was another carte blanche design. Engineers from the parent company had previously worked in Soundub (then known as Soundtrack) in Barcelona, and asked for Cinemar Films to be built to a similar concept as the room in which they had been working.

During the building of Dobrolet, the outside temperature in St Petersburg rarely rose above -30º C. At Neptar, on the other hand, some members of the construction team started very early each day, so that they could finish at 5 pm and head for the beaches, to surf in the breakers of the Atlantic Ocean in the warmth of the Canary Islands.
Blackwing Studios, for many years,was almost the life of producer Eric Radcliffe (as in Upstairs at Erics). Many famous artistes recorded there in the 1980s and ‘90s. Mantra was a discotheque which was famous for its sound quality. Four McCauley 6174s drove the four-metre-wide, concrete, low-frequency horn, below the stage, delivering a low-frequency impact that was exceptional.

The first room at Audio Projects, in La Garriga, led to the construction of a whole raft of rooms. Crash, in Manresa, and Escuelas Musicales Metropolis, in Vigo, are recording and music academies, respectively, whilst Rockaway was the realisation of a dream for its owner, Gabriel Ordoñez.

The Motor Museum (formerly The Pink Museum) is close to Liverpool town centre, but it takes the musicians into a totally different space of peace and tranquillity. With all the natural light from the roof, it is a world in itself. Built in a former bus garage which had been turned into a museum of motors for a few years, it was designed as the new studio for Hambi Haralambous, the then owner of a nearby studio called The Pink. The subsequent transfer of The Pink into the motor museum gave rise to the name The Pink Museum, but later owners changed the name to The Motor Museum. It is still unique in its surrealistic and secluded ‘village’ concept, yet once outside the front door, there is a great selection of restaurants for all tastes within only a few hundred metres, on Lark Lane.

Every construction has its own story to tell, but as the starting conditions are different in each case, so must be the designs if the acoustic and the aesthetic requirements are to be met in the final results. Almost never is the same design built twice, so every design begins from a clean sheet of paper.

 

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