In Mix’s annual look at studio design, we present some of the most exciting new or refurbished studios that have opened during the past year.
In Mix’s annual look at studio design, we present some of the most exciting new or refurbished recording studios that have opened during the past year. Included are innovative new workspaces for composers, musicians, engineers and producers all around the globe, presented in random order. Don’t miss Part 1 and our deep dive into the Class of 2023’s lead story on Cambridge, MA’s Q Division Studios!
Ironshore Studios • Georgetown, Grand Cayman
Jeff Hedback of HdAcoustics designed the studios within this 4,600-square-foot facility in the Cayman Islands. Here, 2,000 square feet of dedicated recording space is complemented by a spacious lounge, meeting spaces, and a private balcony overlooking Georgetown Harbor. The studio is located on the fourth level of a mixed-use building, and Hedback’s design addressed not only sound/vibration isolation from other parts of the building, but also from a nearby helipad. Studio A offers the large control room and live room pictured, featuring exceptionally expansive water views.
The control room’s geometry was modeled using BEM, ray tracing and image-source mapping methods; extensive bass trapping and the custom RPG Omniviewsor A84 diffusor array are signature parts of the studio’s sonic performance and aesthetics. The Live Room isolation shell was supplied by NM Modular Studios with HdAcoustics’ custom interior acoustics. Additional consultants on the project included architect Kozaily Designs, acoustical interiors installer Nigel Martinez, technical designer David Frangioni, and audio wiring design and installation by Chris “ChrisMix” Papastephanou. The gear list includes a 72-channel SSL Duality Delta console, Genelec and Yamaha monitoring, and Pro Tools Ultimate HDX3, MTRX and Sync X systems.