Tetbury, UK (June 4, 2009)--Acoustic and studio design consultancy White Mark Ltd returned to the Cotswold town of Tetbury last month to help Modern World Studios create a variable acoustic environment in its live room.
Established in 2007, Modern World Studios is a residential music recording facility that was originally designed by White Mark for its owner, Nick Cowan. The facility features a large control room equipped with a 48-channel SSL Duality console, Exigy 5.1 monitoring and a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD3 7.3.1 with a range of plug-ins. This is complemented by a spacious live area with natural daylight, a separate drum room and a Digidesign ProControl-based editing suite. Alongside its microphone and outboard collection, the studio also has a collection of 45 guitars,l including Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Taylor and Takamine models.
Modern World Studios’ client base features producers and engineers including Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers), Clint Murphy (Opshop), Dan Austin (Doves) and Steve Osborne (Elbow).
Ben Muscat, Modern World’s studio manager and chief engineer, says, “Our main room has, from the outset, been an incredible place to play and record music. Aspects such as natural daylight, generous size and plentiful use of oak for the floor and diffusers have created many fans.
“Listening to feedback from every artist and producer we have had through the doors, we have found that tastes and needs differ from project to project. As it has always been our intention to provide for a range of studio needs, we decided to create a variable acoustic option for the room and we asked White Mark, our original studio design team, to assist us with this project.”
White Mark’s solution was to create a system of six free hanging, flutter reducing oak panels measuring 1.8m x 1m that can be hung or removed as desired.
“Having the option to tailor the acoustic response of a recording space is an invaluable asset to any studio,” Muscat adds. “As ever, White Mark has come up with a flexible and elegant solution that gives our clients more choice and control over their session. The panels immediately proved their worth by increasing the volume and clarity of the piano and giving us noticeably more energy from the drum kit. The fact that we can now offer a variable acoustic environment helps us to maintain our position as the top choice of recording studio for many industry professionals.”
Modern World Studios