Audio Post B, designed by RBDG.Dallas, TX (October 29, 2007)–Post-production facility Red Car recently added post audio/recording capabilities designed by Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG).
A short timeframe and limited space placed constraints on the project. The area originally designated for the audio space would not have available in time to be renovated within the project deadline, so RBDG reviewed how existing spaces were being used and identified an underused edit bay that contained infrastructure suitable for Red Car’s new audio post space.
“By limiting the critical listening area and using the appropriate acoustical treatments, we were able to provide a controlled reference experience for the operator and a reliable client listening area,” says Russ Berger, President of RBDG. “Fortunately, the space we inherited had good bones and the room ratios were workable with only slight modification.”
The post audio space, known as Audio Post B, is designed for a single operator with two to three client listeners. Monolithic stretched fabric systems with multiple density and thickness core provide sound absorption. pArtScience SpaceArray diffusors return controlled ambience and focus to the listening area.
“We had to work with certain cubic feet limitations, but the compromises were minimal compared to the end results,” says Spreen. “The finished space is very well imaged and balanced, as well as having the feeling of a much bigger space.”
Once RBDG studied the space and understood Red Car’s workflow, the design firm opted to renovate and expand one of the facility’s edit suites, convert storage space into two edit bays, add library storage off the central equipment room, add a voiceover booth, and reconfigure the corridor to provide access to all new spaces.
Audio Post B is being used to record voiceovers and solo instrumentalists, and has ISDN capabilities for recording remote talent. Audio Post B houses a Pro Tools ICON system and a full 5.1 surround setup.
Red Car has also added a large plasma screen to match the sound the room provides. “With audio, everyone wants a giant sound, and it’s hard to mix to a 23-inch TV monitor,” says Spreen. “So, you want to have visual and audio feel and look big. I think we’ve achieved that in this room.”
“When embarking on this project, our goal was excellent performance from Audio Post B and the associated renovation,” Berger notes. “I’m confident we’ve successfully achieved our goal, as there is nothing ‘B’ about the result. We are very proud of our association with Red Car, and excited to continue work with them this fall on new construction for the larger Audio Post A suite.”
“I’ve known Russ through our involvement in Dallas’ music industry,” explains Red Car recording engineer Collyer Spreen. “We’ve been trying for years to get together to build a Russ Berger-designed studio for me to work in, and this project was a good fit for both of us.”
Russ Berger Design Group