Building World-Class Studios In Emerging Global Locations – Designing Versatile Live Podcast Production Spaces – The Evolution of The “e-studio”
NEW YORK, NY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 – Designated “Audio Engineering Month,” October 2020 offers a month-long celebration of the AES 149th Convention. The “Virtual Event” is distinguished by a comprehensive program of Tech Tours, Workshops, Lectures, Awards Presentations and, a superlative assemblage of Panel Discussions. WSDG has developed three significant events for this program. They are notable for the diverse range of their subject matter and for their prominent participants.
This panel will explore the uniquely challenging aspects of planning, designing, and constructing state-of-the art recording studios internationally. The ‘human’ aspect of this complex journey is critical. Familiarity with local laws and regulations, and insights into qualified contractors and systems integrators are invaluable assets. Challenges include console and equipment acquisition, and maintaining positive relationships with local authorities. Studio assignments ranging from Doha, Qatar to Beijing & Mongolia, China, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic and Zurich, Switzerland have provided these panelists with keen insights into these complex and demanding missions.
Sergio Molho, WSDG Partner, Dir. of Int’l Business Development – Highland, NY John Storyk, Co-Founding Partner, WSDG – Highland, NY
Mateo de los Rios, Director of Music and Audio, Universidad ICESI Cali, Colombia Luis Betances, Partner, Fama Studios, Republica Dominicana Marc Viadiu, Senior Engineer, WSDG Middle East, Spain Mills Xu, 55TEC Studios – Beijing, China
The Evolution of the Project / Home Studio – Today’s “e-studio” (Live Event: Tuesday, Oct. 27 4:30 – 5:30PM)
The project or home studio has been a familiar term for nearly 50 years but what does it mean? The argument can be made that personal studios have always been project intensive. However, a continually evolving generation of smaller, less expensive and more powerful gear, as well as a constantly expanding universe of applied acoustic techniques and materials have totally democratized the field and will continue to do so. Certainly the events of the past year have presented social conditions unlike anything we have previously experienced. Every facet of Broadcast TV, Cable and Online studio development has been affected, including audio studio design and installation. This panel will explore design, technology, social and legal aspects of this seemingly never-ending discussion, and will introduce the possibility of an entirely new studio format, we are calling the “e-studio” – a “working title” for the future.
Moderator: John Storyk, Founding Partner, WSDG – Highland, NY
Robert Margouleff – Grammy engineer (Stevie Wonder), electronic music pioneer, L.A. CA Pete Hoffman, Technical director, shareholder of Milo Music Ltd. / Miloco Studio Group & the face of Miloco Builds. Clay Sheff, Owner, Smash Studios, NYC Sam Inglis, Editor, Sound on Sound Magazine PK Pandey, Owner AVN/SYS Engineering
Podcasting has been a broadcast staple for quite some time. Recent years have seen this diverse format explode into a global “infotainment” phenomenon encompassing everything from one-on-one dialogues to full-up rock concerts. Podcast Studios size and reach are as varied as their programming formats. Comprised of station management; on-air personalities; and technology specialists from a number of facilities currently engaged in podcasting and related broadcasting techniques, this Panel will explore a few of these facilities.
Moderators: John Storyk, Founding Partner, WSDG – Highland, NY Joshua Morris, Partner/COO WSDG – Highland, NY
Participants: Jimmy Buff Executive Director / on-air host, oldest AM station WKNY Kingston Radio – Kingston, NY Austin Thompson Head of Studio Technology – Spotify Technical Director Gimlet (Spotify) – Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles, CA Elliott Forrest Peabody Award winning broadcaster, director, designer, producer and Host of NYC’s Classical Radio Station 105.9FM, WQXR (WNYC)
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For over 50 years, acoustic consulting and A/V integration firm WSDG has designed nearly 3,500 media production facilities worldwide and counting. Projects range from Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, to broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over 20 teaching studios for The Art Institutes, and corporate clients such as Sony, IBM and Novartis. Recent credits include Jungle City in New York, The Church Studios in London, private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Jack Antonoff, J Cole, Harry Connick Jr., and Academy Award-nominated film composer Carter Burwell. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Philippe Stark, Rafael Viñoly, Santiago Calatrava, Grimshaw, and Norman Foster. An 11-time winner of the prestigious pro audio NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, WSDG maintains U.S. offices in New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Miami and global offices in Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Belo Horizonte, Buenos Aires, Guangzhou, Mexico City and Mumbai.