Branson, MO (May 6, 2005)–Home to a number of country review shows and theaters that attract throngs of the faithful each year, Branson, MO is now home to Citywalk Studios. Citywalk is a new full-service recording and production facility built from the ground up with Auralex construction products and treated with Auralex ELiTE Series acoustic products.
Dan and Renae Peters purchased the building that now includes Citywalk Studios, and turned it into Music City Centre. The upper level of the complex includes a LaQuinta Inn, a 700-seat theater that puts on three or four shows a day, a Starbucks, and other retail shops. The lower level houses Citywalk Studios and Dance Branson, a dance studio run by Renae Peters.
Having had some construction experience, Mark Owen, executive producer of Citywalk, decided to build out the space consisting of a 16×28-foot recording room, a control room of roughly the same size, and a 10×10-foot ISO booth, without the aid of a general contractor. He relied on Auralex and Magic Audio, a design firm out of Florida to execute his vision.
Acoustical construction material, including U-Boat floor floaters, SheetBlok sound barrier, Mineral Fiber acoustic insulation and RC-8 Resilient Channel were purchased from Auralex. All three of the rooms utilize U-Boats to float the floors, and no room is physically connected to the others by any solid material. The walls are de-coupled from the floors by two layers of SheetBlok, a material more dense than lead. An exterior layer of sheet rock with the seams caulked surrounds the outside of each room and acts as a backing layer for the Mineral Fiber insulation. The Mineral Fiber leaves an inch of dead air between it and the first layer of interior of 5/8-inch sheet rock, which then has its seams caulked. A framework layer of Auralex RC-8 Channel de-couples the inner wall sandwich (5/8-inch sheet rock, SheetBlok, 5/8-inch sheet rock) from the rest of the structure, and provides an additional inch of dead air space.
Upon completion of construction, Owen utilized Auralex ELiTE Series acoustical products to tune the room and give it a polished, professional look. “I have to say that the room sounds amazing,” he stated. “ELiTE Series Pro Panels absorbers, ProFusor diffusors and ProColumns bass traps were used throughout the entire studio, and they ended up giving us a controlled, tonally balanced space that I can trust to translate well in other spaces.”