Holland (September 25, 2017)—Based outside Amsterdam, Wisseloord Studios has recorded everyone from U2 to Michael Jackson to Foo Fighters over the years, so when the facility decided to make changes to one of its studio spaces recently, it was not a decision made lightly. Bringing in designer Jelle Van der Voet of Pinna Acoustics, a large tracking room was divided in half to create both tracking and control rooms in the vintage space. And when it came time to tune the new control room’s monitors, that’s when things got even more unusual.
The studio installed an Augspurger monitoring system for the new Studio 4 room, opting for a compact three-way main monitor system, the Solo 12MF with 1X12 subwoofer, acquired through Robbie Dunne of Miloco Gear, London. “The choice of Augspurgers was driven by a desire to serve a growing clientele of Hip-Hop and EDM artists and producers, as well as offer something new,” said studio creative director Malik Berrabah, “We have a great bunch of speakers in our studios. We were looking for something different and unique in continental Europe; something with more body and low end.”
Bringing in that level of firepower meant the room’s acoustics had to be able to accomodate it, Van der Voet explained: “Now with a full range and really powerful monitor system, the room must be able to handle all that low frequency energy. We designed some seriously tuned low frequency bass trapping so the room acoustics don’t interact negatively with the full range spectrum of the Augspurger system.”
Once the monitors were installed, the next step was to tune the system to the room using advanced DSP technology, fitted in to the on-board Class D amps. Augspurger president, Dave Malekpour, along with Wisseloord engineers, dialed the system in remotely, across the Atlantic ocean. Using Skype and advanced tuning software, Malekpour tuned the Holland-based system from Augspurger HQ in Hanover, MA.
Van der Voot commented, “I never did a transatlantic tuning session but it turned out great. Dave took the time to tell us a lot about the company and the speaker system. I sent him some acoustic measurement files of the room with the Augspurgers and he tweaked the DSP power through a desktop remote session.”
“We worked closely with the team, remote tuning the system, measuring, listening, making changes, until all were feeling the music,” said Malekpour.