Etzgen, Switzerland (July 5, 2011)–Walters-Storyk Design Group recently created Synphonic Recording Studios, a three-room facility built within an abandoned corner shop.
“After beginning my career in the basement of my parents’ house decades ago, I built my first professional studio in an industrial building, in 1997,” said Synphonic founder, and principal engineer Tom Lumholtz. “For my new studio, I wanted to make sure that the acoustics, aesthetics and technology were all done in the most professional manner.”
Synphonic is a full room-within-room structure, designed to provide sound isolation from neighboring buildings, and the living quarters of the owner and his wife on the upper floors. The control room is highlighted by a curved, backlit wall with soffit-mounted ADAM S5 audio monitor loudspeakers, currently the largest monitoring system by the manufacturer in Switzerland. A smaller Genelec 5.1 surround sound setup expands the control room flexibility. The rear wall is fitted with a custom diffuser mounted to integrate a Helmholtz low frequency absorber.
The studio features an SSL Matrix mixing console; a full Avid Pro Tools HD 5 system with an armada of plug-ins, a Lexicon 960L effects system, and CLASP, a closed loop analog signal processor designed to integrate analog tape machines into a digital DAW unit. Also on hand are a Studer A827 24-track, 2-inch analog tape machine, refurbished Siemens/Telefunken mic pres, Studer equalizers and an AMEK compressor.
“Tom Lumholtz selected a bold silver couch which established an elegant mood for the environment, a smart mix of art-déco and contemporary styles in a classic red-black color scheme,” opined WSDG partner/GM Dirk Noy. “This is a unique and extremely comfortable studio, with a distinctively warm, melodious sound.”
Walters-Storyk Design Group