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AES Announces Sponsors For 134th Convention In Rome

New Sponsorship Program Bringing Businesses Into The Convention in New Ways

Berklee College of Music & RCF Take Gold Sponsorships

ROME: “The AES has always been the place for the audio industry to promote innovation, education, and best practices,” states Executive Director Bob Moses. “In the past, the exhibition provided a platform for companies to showcase the latest and most advanced technologies for recording, live sound, broadcast and related audio fields. But during the past decade, e-commerce, social networking, mobile platforms, economic struggles, and the increasingly rapid pace in which we work, have coalesced into a total game changer. We’re exploring a number of new ways AES can serve businesses at the convention and beyond. These initiatives are part of our new convention sponsorship program.”

Moses underscores the growing need for companies to cut through the ubiquitous online chatter to reach key customers and decision makers. “Many companies want to deliver the message that their brands stand for quality and innovation. And they realize that our industry is driven by advancing technology — innovation fuels growth. AES is the ideal place to promote a healthy audio ecosystem. Sponsored on-site training sessions and focused demos are two examples of this AES/business partnership.” Our evolving role is to nurture a vigorous community for audio professionals who demand high quality audio equipment and keep the bar high for the audio profession across the board.

“A look at the list of sponsors for the 134th Convention in Rome, will reveal astute companies partnering with AES to deliver important audio training, support standards activities, promote their brands, and supporting us because they love what AES does” Moses said.

The sponsors of the 134th Convention in Rome are:

Audio Precision, Audiomatica Srl, bd Sound, B&C Speakers, Berklee College Of Music (Gold), CharterOak, Crane Song Ltd., EKO Music Group spa, Fairlight Europe, Klippel GmbH, LAMBDA srl, Link, Microtech Gefell GmbH, Pro Audio Consulting srl, RCF (Gold), Thrax Audio Ltd., Trinnov Audio and ZP Engineering srl

“Italian company, RCF, and the Berklee College of Music came in especially strong as our Gold Sponsors, and we are delighted to welcome them as our Convention partners,” said Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. “RCF has been a leader in the development of world-class speakers, studio monitors and live sound technology for concerts, tours and theatrical performances for more than 60 years. Over the past 50 years, Berklee College of Music has evolved to a position as the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow. These two industry leaders top a list of eighteen outstanding sponsors committed to making the 134th AES Convention – May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre an unforgettable event.”

In acknowledging their Gold Sponsorship, RCF Head of Marketing, Gioia Molinari remarked, “The AES is essential for engaging with our peers, developing new associations, revitalizing long-standing friendships, and participating in extraordinary Live Sound events, Workshops, Tutorials, and high level social networking activities. We are pleased to lend our support to this irreplaceable organization.”

Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Campus Director for Technology Innovation Stephen Webber adds, “In supporting our mandate for providing students with the highest standards in music education, we find AES Conventions invaluable for developing high level mentoring opportunities, for acquiring insights into technology, standards and best practices, and for providing a unique environment for students to engage with a diverse range of industry professionals.”

“We salute our sponsors and we will make every effort to ‘over-deliver’ in our efforts to serve them at the Convention,” Moses concluded. “We hope other companies jump on-board the sponsorship bandwagon at future events so we can collaborate on keeping our industry smart and strong.”

For details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photos: RCF and Berklee College of Music Logos

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Mastering Engineer Nathan James Opens ‘The Vault’ In Phoenix

New WSDG Studio Geared For National Work

PHOENIX, AZ: A successful decade behind the console of his Manhattan-based Vault Mastering Studio, convinced engineer, Nathan James that he could shift his growing family back to their hometown of Phoenix and maintain a thriving business. Having developed a strong client base ranging from rockers like The Fray to jazz vocalist, Gretchen Parlato and comic Louis C.K., James was confident his skills would continue to attract interesting national projects. After establishing temporary quarters with a local mastering house, James’ next order of business was to retain the Walters-Storyk Design Group to create his new studio.

“My clients were very happy with the quality of the various rooms I worked out of,”James says.”But, for several years early in my career I assisted Scott Hull at the WSDG-designed, Classic Sound in NY. I always dreamed of having my own John Storyk Room. Our move to Phoenix was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. My conversations with John convinced me it was doable, both financially and physically. We started the ball rolling as soon as we were settled in.”

WSDG Project Manager Matthew Ballos, flew to Phoenix to access the site, take measurements and perform acoustic tests. “Nathan had purchased a handsome three – level house,” Ballos says. “The lower floor presented a perfect location for a 300 square foot studio. We had an 8-foot ceiling height, and a large window capable of providing natural light, and a sense of connectivity to the outside world. Windows are rare in studios, given the option, we take advantage of them.”

Ballos and WSDG principal/architect/acoustician John Storyk, collaborated on a studio designed to maximize the existing space and provide ceiling and wall isolation to eliminate sound leakage. “While it wasn’t necessary to ‘float’ the room, we incorporated a 2mm thick, rubberized mat beneath the hardwood floor to reduce sound transmission. “During design we envisioned a front wall treatment comprised of three overlapping curved, stretch fabric – wrapped absorptive panels,” Ballos reports. “We developed a corresponding ceiling cloud and rear wall panel which complimented the aesthetics and completed the room tuning requirements.”

WSDG also devised a 6-foot wide, absorptive acoustic window treatment built with Clearsorber Deamp perforated transparent panels. The treatment is hinged to open the window and provide James and his clients with friendly breezes, when work issues permit. The studio also incorporates a custom-designed wall sleeve, which houses the sliding glass acoustic studio door when it’s not in use.

James was fortunate to find a local contractor with extensive recording studio credits to handle the build. “WG McKenzie has built studios in NYC and Phoenix,” Matthew Ballos reports. He was extremely sensitive to the technical concerns of building acoustically pristine environments. We spoke frequently throughout the construction process, and we were on the same page on virtually every issue.”

“The new Vault Mastering Studio meets every one of my specific requirements, and when you walk in, it’s got that WSDG wow factor,” Nathan James says. “I migrated my entire mastering setup from New York, from the Custom DM console to the Duntech Sovereign/Cello amp monitoring combination that I’ve relied on for well over a decade. I brought all my trusted processing tools as well. Everything I need to get the most out of every recording is available at my fingertips. This is the studio I’ve always dreamed about. My original NYC Vault was aptly named because it radiated a sense of total sonic security. The new studio sounds and functions in a totally natural way. Sunlight enhances the creative vibe of the room during the day, and in the evening; it takes on an entirely different atmosphere. When I say I’m totally at home in my new Vault, I mean that both literally and figuratively,” James concludes.

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1 WSDG designed The Vault Mastering Studio in Phoenix, AZ for engineer Nathan James (pictured)
2. The Vault Mastering Studio In Phoenix

Photos by John Brinkman.

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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, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland

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134th AES Convention Preliminary Events Calendar Link Is Live

Roam Online For Comprehensive Events Details On May 4-7 Convention In Rome

ROME: The Preliminary Events Calendar for the 134th AES Convention, is live on the AES website: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm. Packed with descriptive abstracts of Papers, Workshops, Tutorials and Special Events, the Preliminary Events Calendar offers a comprehensive overview of the first AES Convention to be held in the Eternal City.

134th AES Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri emphasizes, “While the Calendar covers virtually every presentation and event we have developed for the entire four day Convention, attendees should continue to refer to it on a regular basis as times and locations are still subject to change.”

The 134th AES Convention will be held May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. The event represents a unique opportunity for audio industry professionals to exchange ideas and information and to network with peers from around the globe in one of the world’s most historic cities.

* Deadline for Advance Registration is April 19, 2013 click on https://secure.aes.org/events/134/visitors.cfmt to register
* Non-members who wish to join the AES may visit: http://www.aes.org/join/
* To attend the AES the technical program visit: https://secure.aes.org/events/134/visitors.cfm

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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134th AES Convention Overview

Sponsors – Tracks – Workshops – Papers

ROME: Sponsors, Presenters and attendees are preparing for the first Audio Engineering Convention to be held in the Eternal City. Scheduled for May 4 -7 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre, the 134th AES Convention will maximize the scenic and social advantages of one of the world’s most beloved cities. “We have coordinated a full program of distinguished speakers, timely tracks, and stimulating special events designed to provide information, inspiration in an incomparable setting,” states Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. “Established audio pros and students preparing for next-generation jobs, will benefit immeasurably from this convention experience.

“In addition to an extraordinary technical and educational program, the Convention will feature special displays by over a dozen prominent Sponsors,” Zanghieri emphasizes. “We are pleased to welcome, Audio Precision, Audiomatica Srl, B&C Speakers, bdSound, CharterOak, Crane Song Ltd., EKO Music Group spa, Fairlight Europe, Klippel GmbH, LAMBDA srl, Microtech Gefell GmbH, RCF spa, Trinnov Audio and ZP Engineering srl, and we thank them for their support.”

Over 140 Papers Sessions, Workshops, Tutorials, Engineering Briefs, Student and Career Development events have been developed for the Convention. Preliminary lists of presentation titles are posted at http://www.aes.org/events/134/ click on the “Visitors” button for details. The Convention will also host Standards Committee and Technical Council Meetings. A variety of social events have been coordinated to support enhanced one-to-one connectivity throughout the four-day event.

The 134th AES Convention technical program is highlighted by Five Convention Tracks developed to provide timely, comprehensive perspectives on Live Sound, Loudness Issues, Recording Techniques, Spatial Sound and, Sound For Pictures and TV.

Papers Co-Chairs Veronique Larcher and Angelo Farina and their review committee evaluated over a hundred submissions in search of the most compelling presentations. Subjects encompass such issues as: Improving Listening Ability Using E-Learning Methods and Evaluation of Acoustic Features for Music Emotion Recognition. Click on Papers for comprehensive details.

Workshop and Tutorials Programs, will provide attendees with invaluable information on topics ranging from 3-D Audio Automotive Applications; Multichannel Immersive Audio Formats for 3-D Cinema and Home Theater; and, Creative Distortion? You Are in the Over-Driver’s Seat. Click on Workshops and Tutorials for preliminary program details.

A formal preliminary program will be posted at www.aes.org soon.

“Every AES Convention offers a unique opportunity for acquiring real-world insights from recognized leaders in professional audio,” Zanghieri remarked. “The benefits of interacting with product developers, researchers, educators, students and peers are pillars of AES events. The fact that Rome is our host city makes this Convention even more compelling,” he concludes.

For details on Convention Tracks visit: http://www.aes.org/events/134/program/

The deadline for Advance Registration is April 19, 2013 and you can register here: http://www.aes.org/events/134/registration/

Many unique and wonderful hotels are situated near the Trevi Conference Center as are unforgettable Roman ruins. Accommodations are available at special AES rates in a few selected hotels. Prices listed are good until April 5th. For information on reservations click here: http://www.aes.org/events/134/visitors/hotels/

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Photo: The 134th AES Convention will be held in Rome, Italy – May 4-7, 2013

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Stephen Webber To Keynote AES 134th Convention In Rome

Internationally Recognized Professor of Music Production/Engineering & Star DJ

ROME: Stephen Webber, internationally recognized author, professor of music production & engineering, and star hip-hop DJ, will present the Keynote address at the 134th AES Convention. Scheduled for May 4-7 at the Fontana di Trevi Center in Rome, the Convention promises a rich program of educational Workshops and tutorials, research papers, standards and technical committee deliberations, and an incomparable environment for networking with the world’s audio elite. In making the announcement AES Executive Director Bob Moses remarked, “Stephen Webber personifies today’s AES membership. He combines a deep commitment to education with a high profile career as a creative DJ. An accomplished author and lecturer, Webber’s Keynote will provide a insightful bridge between the future and our legacy.”

Author of such successful books as Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ, Stephen Webber is an international clinician who presents workshops, master classes and performance seminars on Production, Mixing Techniques, and Songwriting. An Emmy-winning composer who’s works include the Stylus Symphony, Webber was recently appointed Director of Music Technology Innovation at Berklee’s new campus in Valencia Spain. He addressed the Berklee Graduating Class of 2012, and has performed and lectured extensively in the US, China, Australia, Central America, and Europe. Webber is also an accomplished studio designer whose clients include actors Jack Black and Ben Stiller, and a producer/engineer who’s worked with NAS, Mark O’Connor, and DJ Premier.

Entitled “Inventing the Album of 2025,” Webber’s AES Keynote will seek to consider what is technologically, economically, and artistically possible, to decipher what the record album should look, sound, and feel like come 2025.

“We have high expectations for the 134th AES Convention,” Bob Moses concludes. “Attendees will find many opportunities to listen, learn and… connect with each other.”

Photo: AES 134th Convention Keynote Speaker, Stephen Webber

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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AES E-Library Offers 14,000+ Fully Searchable PDF Files

Institutional And Individual Subscription Programs Now Available

NEW YORK: Audio Engineering Society Executive Director Bob Moses has announced new subscription formats to the AES E-Library. With over 14,000 fully searchable PDF files, the collection represents one of the world’s most comprehensive sources of definitive professional audio information. Documenting the progression of audio research and development from 1953 to the present day, the E-Library includes every paper published at each of the 133 AES Conventions and 49 international conferences, plus all papers published in the AES Journal. Engineering Briefs (eBriefs) recently introduced at conventions may also be accessed in the E-Library.

“The depth, range and authoritative nature of the professional audio subject matter amassed by the AES E-Library is unparalleled,” Moses says. “It provides a rich history of the evolution of audio technology, and carries all of the ideas, dialogue, and best practices forward from one generation to the next. This is really the crown jewel of the AES. It encompasses topics ranging from equipment design, to surround sound development, acoustic measurement, and hearing loss and protection.”

Additionally, the AES now offers an Open Access (OA) publishing option to its authors. OA papers in the E-Library are freely downloadable by anyone, including non-AES members and non-E-Library subscribers. The first OA offering is by Alex Case, “Recording Electric Guitar-The Science and the Myth.”

AES E-Library Subscriptions are available in two formats:

* Individual Subscriptions are $145 per year for AES members and $255 per year for non-members. This subscription provides downloads of any document in the E-Library at no additional cost.

* Institutional E-Library Subscriptions to universities, companies, and libraries are $1800 per year. This subscription provides all institution members with free downloads of any document in the E-Library.

* Individuals may download specific papers without an E-Library subscription, at a cost of $5 per paper for AES members and $20 per paper for non-members.

“AES Journal and Convention Program contributors are among the industry’s finest practitioners and scientific minds. Educators, students, researchers, product designers, manufacturers and historians may now track virtually every meaningful technological development introduced by our industry over the past 60+ years. They will discover extensive research and detailed findings on many fascinating subjects,” Moses concludes.

Photo: AES E-Library logo

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Bob Skye Joins WSDG As West Coast Rep/Project Engineer

New Role For Electro/Acoustics Innovator / Recording Engineer

SAN FRANCISCO: Bob Skye, a leader in electro/acoustic design, recording studio construction and, a Grammy-winning engineer with Gold and Platinum credits, has joined the Walters-Storyk Design Group. As WSDG’s west coast rep and project engineer, Skye will shoulder a host of responsibilities ranging from new client development and overall business management to hands-on project design and construction supervision.

“Our business plan is focused on providing exemplary client services as we expand our operation in the U.S. South America and abroad,” says WSDG Director of New Business Development, Sergio Molho. “The secret ingredient is talent, and Bob Skye is one of the most accomplished designer/builders in our field. We are extremely optimistic about our growing West Coast office; Adding one of California’s premiere acoustic gurus to our team emphasizes the level of our commitment to this market. And, Bob’s presence will enable our long-term SF associate Jack Leahy to focus on other WSDG assignments.”

Robert “Bob” Skye founded Skyelabs Inc. in 1975 as a mobile recording/acoustical/audio system design firm. From 1986 to 1993 he owned and operated the legendary Plant Recording Studios. His electro/acoustic design skills have contributed to the success of numerous nightclub, live theater, cinema, recording studio, large venue, corporate and live broadcast clients. His CV is highlighted by work for ABC TV, NBC TV NFL Films, the San Francisco Opera, Russian National Orchestra, Hong Kong Stadium, The Lear Theater (Reno, NV) Talking House Recording (SF) and numerous clubs including SF’s DNA Lounge, Whispers, Club Mercury and Blondie’s.

“Having worked on numerous WSDG projects, I have an abiding respect for John Storyk, Beth Walters and the entire WSDG team,” Bob Skye remarked. “We share a philosophy based on a commitment to excellence. I look forward to this new chapter in my life with genuine enthusiasm.”

“Bob Skye is one of our industry’s most multi-faceted, go-to guys,” WSDG co-principal John Storyk remarked. “We have collaborated with him, bid jobs against him, and over the past 35 years we’ve grown to respect the impressive range of his expertise. He not only does it all, he does it all well. We are delighted to welcome him aboard.”

Photo: Bob Skye has joined WSDG as west coast rep/project supervisor.

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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, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona and Mexico City

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Sonnox Releases AAX Version Of Oxford Dynamics Plug-In

OXFORD, UK: The wait is over! Sonnox has announced the release of the highly anticipated AAX version of it’s acclaimed Oxford Dynamics Plug-in. Based on algorithms from the Dynamics section of the OXF-R3 digital mixing console, the AAX DSP and Native versions boast six individual sections: Compressor, Expander, Limiter, Gate, Side-chain EQ, and Warmth function. Both AAX DSP and AAX Native versions can be used as a surround buss compressor/limiter, previously only possible in the TDM version. The Dynamics also benefits from new meters.

Sonnox Sales & Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames comments, “We’ve had a great number of requests for the Dynamics plug to be next in our AAX development cycle. Post customers have been particularly anxious for this version, as many use it with Avid consoles hand in hand with the Oxford EQ. This new release completes their main ‘go to’ plug-in toolset of EQ and Dynamics for Avid’s AAX format.”

To celebrate the release of the Oxford Dynamics for AAX, Sonnox is offering a 40% discount on the plug-in until March 31st 2013.

Photo: Sonnox has released the AAX version of the acclaimed Oxford
Dynamics Plug-in

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For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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Expanded Role For WSDG’S Sergio Molho

New Offices – New Responsibilities

NEW YORK: Walters-Storyk Design Group co-principals Beth Walters and John Storyk have announced an expanded management role for Sergio Molho, a valued associate for 19 years, and long-term head of the firms’ Latin American office in Buenos Aires. “During the nearly twenty years of our working relationship, Sergio Molho has developed into a multi-faceted expert in every aspect of our architectural and acoustic design business,” Beth Walters said. “His creative design, technical and interpersonal skills have made him an indispensible member of our international team. We are delighted to name him Director of New Business Development as we continue our global expansion.”

“My new mission with WSDG is two-fold,” Molho reveals. “I will split my time on the development of new business both globally, and in the U.S., while continuing to manage the activities of our Latin American office. The synergy between our offices in the U.S., Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing and Mexico City, flourishes thanks to technological and communications advances which enable us to collaborate with an extraordinary degree of creativity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. I will now bring that message to an expanding client base.”

Molho began his association with WSDG in 1994 as a founding partner of the firm’s Latin America office. Over the next two decades, he has played an integral role in the development of WSDG projects ranging from MTV’s Latin America Broadcast Studios to Platinum artist Fito Paez’s Circo Beat, (Latin America’s only TEC Award-winning studio). He has initiated and supervised numerous global WSDG corporate, educational, House Of Worship and home theater projects, including full A/V Systems Integration for Phillipe Starck’s award-winning Faena Hotel & Universe in Buenos Aires; acoustic design and consulting for Latin America’s first IMAX 3D Cinema and, most recently facility design work for Qatar TV, a major broadcast complex in Doha on the Persian Gulf.

Molho will continue to work closely with his long-time WSDG colleagues: Dirk Noy, Partner/GM Europe, and Renato Cipriano, Partner/GM Brazil. In a related announcement, WSDG Latin America has moved their offices to a new location in Buenos Aires nearby the country’s Congress and Parliamentary buildings.

Photo: Sergio Molho named WSDG Director of New Business Development

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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, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Berklee Opens World-Class Recording/Teaching Studio Complex At New Valencia International Campus

VALENCIA: December 17, 2012 – Berklee College of Music, the world’s premier learning lab for contemporary music, and Walters-Storyk Design Group, renowned for their work on studios for Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys, and Bruce Springsteen, today announced the completion of a cutting edge recording/teaching complex at Berklee’s Valencia campus. Berklee’s new state-of-the-art campus is located at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. The studio facility is the final element of Berklee’s first international campus, which recently launched its master’s programs.

The audio production and teaching complex is comprised of five inter-related components. The 1600 sq. ft. scoring stage/studio – Studio K – includes an 860 sq. ft. live room with 15-foot ceilings and boasts variable acoustic wall treatments developed for diverse recording configurations. The studio’s windows provide fantastic views of the Palau and allow the public to view Berklee’s music activities. Supporting the live room is a 500 sq. ft. control room, two 250 sq. ft. ISO/overdub booths, and an isolated machine room. The aggregate advantages of the control room configuration fully supports Berklee’s primary teaching mandate. Each aspect of the studio coalesces to form an indisputably world-class recording complex.

“Our master’s students and visiting artists will benefit from an extremely sophisticated studio environment. This is an extraordinary educational tool, expressly designed to prepare them for their transition from student to music professional,” explained Guillermo Cisneros, Berklee Vice President for Global Initiatives, and Executive Director, Berklee in Valencia.

“The studio complex needed to make a statement in a design-conscious country, and be technically and acoustically capable of representing a desirable destination for professional work,” said Carl Beatty, Berklee Chief of Staff, who has headed the project since the beginning of the Palau de les Arts renovation. “We decided to employ Avid/Euphonix controllers to take advantage of their Eucon protocol that allows seamless migration of projects across the facility, all the way up to the flagship System 5. Additionally, when we install an identical console in Boston, we will be doing real time joint sessions between the two locations via Internet 2 technology.”

The entire facility is configured through a central machine room for speed, ease of turnaround, and high interconnectivity between rooms, including the Palau de les Arts’ concert halls. The System 5 has 48 channels, with 128 channels of I/O, and 176 mic lines. There is a broad selection of analog processing with plenty of room for additions should the need arise.

Monitoring in the production suites is all Genelec – 5.1 surround in Studio A, and 2.1 stereo in Studios B, C, and D. The control room in Studio K features the Meyers Acheron 7.1 surround monitoring system, an acknowledged industry standard. The room also includes Griffin G2B Active main stereo monitors. “These monitors are impressive. Along with their dual 15″ subwoofers, the use of ribbon tweeters gives the speaker a very impressive transient response and high-mid articulation,” said Beatty. “There are also mid field monitors available- ProAc’s and Yamaha NS-10′s. Additionally, the room has been designed to Dolby specifications and readied for the new Dolby Atmos(tm) Cinema Sound monitoring protocol. This facility is an integral component of the comprehensive, modern Music Technology Complex developed for Berklee’s Valencia campus.”

Commenting on the new complex, architect/acoustician John Storyk remarked: “Berklee’s new Valencia recording/teaching studio raises the benchmark for European audio education. We have been the designers for dozens of educational recording environments around the world and are incredibly proud of our tenure at Berklee, both at the Valencia and Boston campuses.”

Impressed by the quality of the recording studio at the Berklee campus, visiting master class instructor and former Fox Music President, Robert Kraft commented, “The recording studio is an amazing asset to have in Valencia, and has the potential to be even more of a reason for students and professionals to come to the Berklee facilities.”

“The recording studios and production suites at Berklee Valencia are simply sublime,” said composer and visiting professor, Laura Karpman. “In the studios I was able to compose, record, and mix a film for Sony/Lifetime with a very fast turnaround. The results were fabulous. It was a pleasure to make music there.”

In addition to designing and constructing recording studios for Berklee College of Music in both Valencia and the $100 million + new building at 160 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston, Walters-Storyk Design Group is renowned for its work on studios for Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Def Jam Records, ESPN, Jay-Z, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MTV Latin America and the 2012 TEC Award-winning Jungle City Studios.

View the YouTube video tour of the studios:

Photo Captions:

1. Berklee Valencia Studio K Live Room
2. Berklee Valencia Studio K Control Room
3. Berklee Valencia Studio A Control Room
4. Berklee Valencia Campus

Photos by: Mercedes Herrán

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About Berklee College of Music:

Berklee College of Music was founded in 1945 and for more than 65 years has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. The college’s belief i that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock ‘n roll in the 1960′s, created the world’s first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and song-writing, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica and vide game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 80 countries, and alumni that have received over 270 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow. Notable alumni include Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, Aimee Mann, Roy Hargrove, Gillian Welch, Miguel Zenon, Susan Tedeschi, John Scofield, Bruce Cockburn, Arif Mardin, BT, Alan Silvestri, John Mayer, Howard Shore and Gary Burton.

About Berklee In Valencia:

Berklee in Valencia is the first international campus established by the renowned Berklee College of Music – and its first campus outside of Boston. Located in the iconic building of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, the magnificent 3,600 square metre campus has been designed specifically for music and is equipped with state-of-the art technology. Berklee in Valencia aims to provide a hub to launch the careers across the globe for the most musically talented international students. Offering a unique curriculum, as well as an International Career Center to assist students in their transition from student to music professional, the campus presents Berklee College of Music’s first master’s degree programs in contemporary music (Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games; Contemporary Studio Performance; and Global Entertainment and Music Business;) launched in September 2012. In addition, Berklee in Valencia offers a Global Studies Program for Berklee students from Boston to study for a term at Valencia, Summer and Special Programs, as well as a new way for musicians around the world to join the global music community – as performers, as practitioners, and as leaders.

About Walters-Storyk Design Group:

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 U.S. 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, Acrosmith, 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, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland

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