New Orleans, LA (August 10, 2015)—Walters-Storyk Design Group has completed a recording studio control room for the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (EMCM) located in the Musician’s Village in New Orleans.
Designed to record and mix live shows from the adjacent 170-seat performance hall, the 230-square-foot control room at EMCM provides full connectivity to the venue. Outfitted with a JBL M2 loudspeaker system, an SSL AWS 948 console, a custom rear wall diffraction unit and a ceiling cloud, the studio also features two 100-square-foot iso booths.
“Apart from the gift of an intimate, first-class performing arts space for the Musicians’ Village and the City of New Orleans, the abiding goal for Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is to provide a performing/recording education for motivated local youngsters,” says Jack Leahy, former head of WSDG’s San Francisco operation. Leahy provided the impetus behind the new control room after visiting EMCM with Steve Luczo, chairman/CEO of Seagate Technology, at the invitation of Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr., two musicians and activists behind Musician’s Village.
Joshua Morris, WSDG project manager, reports, “Once drawings and technical specs were approved, our search for a local contractor was simplified by a previous collaboration. We’d worked with Rob Chalmers on Balance Studios in Mandeville, LA, for platinum producer/engineer Dave Fortman. Chalmers was a natural choice for EMCM; in fact, he worked out so well we hope to work with him on a studio we’re designing for Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews here.”
Morris adds, “The building was completed by the time we came on board. The new control room is nestled behind the performance hall’s rear stage wall with zero impact on isolation. Our design program optimized every square foot. We fine-tuned the acoustics and the precise orientation of the mixing and producer’s desks, equipment racks, etc. This control room sounds great, and looks terrific.”
Walters-Storyk Design Group