Belo Horizonte, Brazil (December 3, 2018)—Acoustic architecture design firm Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) has been nominated in the 2019 NAMM TEC Award’s Creative Studio Design category for its work on Sonastério, a destination studio in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Early in 2015, Bruno Barros, a young musician/engineer completing his education at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, decided to create a destination studio in Belo Horizonte. His family retained famed Brazilian architect João Diniz to design a luxury home overlooking the Minas Gerais mountain range. Because he knew it was critical for the architect and the acoustician/studio designer to begin collaborating at the earliest planning phase to insure the studios optimal acoustic environment, he also engaged Belo Horizonte-based WSDG partner/ director of design, Renato Cipriano.
“Superb acoustics begin with geometry,” states Renato Cipriano. “We worked hand in glove with the architect to ensure that every square foot was precisely calibrated. The high comfort level set the stage for an extraordinary recording experience.”
The 750-sq.-ft. live room sports a 20-ft. ceiling height, an 80-sq.-ft. iso booth, panoramic mountain views, custom ceiling clouds outfitted with a pro lighting grid to facilitate video shoots, and a sunburst studio logo hand-painted over an acoustical broadband wall treatment. The 420-sq.-ft. control room boasts the SSL AWS 924 mixing console complemented by Augspurger Duo8 speakers with 12-in. subwoofers, a collection of outboard gear and systems integration by Ground Control.
Barros comments, “Sonastério Studios is a work of art in itself. More than just a recording studio, Sonastério is a house of creation designed to enhance the natural expressiveness of each artist. It is the result of a collaboration between João Diniz Architecture which has a wide portfolio of award-winning designs, and WSDG, Walters-Storyk Design Group, a world-renowned acoustic architecture design firm and multiple NAMM TEC [Award]-winner.”
Walters-Storyk Design Group: www.wsdg.com