London, UK (May 14, 2013)-Extreme Music, the production music arm of Sony ATV, has built a new headquarters in London that includes a large mastering studio, a mixing studio that can also be used for track laying and three self-contained audio editing suites. UK-based studio and design consultancy White Mark Ltd. was involved in the project.
Extreme Music SVP, Dan Pounder, says, "We have been growing at a rapid rate and needed more space to accommodate staff and to provide more audio facilities. Fortunately we were able to take over offices vacated by another Sony company and the move gave us the opportunity to redesign the space so that it exactly suited our workflow. The open plan design is now split between workstations for marketing and administrative staff and the audio suites. Thanks to the exceptionally high standards employed by both White Mark and BNP Paribas, which handled the design of the non-technical space, we now have a working environment that exceeds our expectations and has the wow factor we were looking for."
The audio complex flows along one side of the building and consists of a large mastering room with natural daylight that is equipped with an Avid Pro Tools system, PMC monitors and a range of audiophile processing equipment from Analogue Tube, Avalon, Manley, Weiss and T.C. Electronic. There is also a secondary multipurpose room equipped with Universal Audio, Sonnox and T.C. Electronic processing with PMC monitors capable of mixing, track laying and mastering duties.
The two rooms can work in tandem for larger track-laying projects, with the mastering room doubling up as a live space. The complex also houses three self-contained edit suites of varying sizes, all of which are linked to a common DDP audio server in a separate machine room so that work can easily be transferred between any of the five audio rooms.