Aesthetic warmth and sonic excellence
The WSDG Design Team, directed by WSDG Partner, Art Director Silvia Molho, consisting of Director of Production Leandro Kirjner, Senior Project Manager Mariana Varon, and Project Manager Esther Roger, presented Arnold and Oroz with a comprehensive master plan that encompassed all technical, acoustic, and design aspects of the studio. Its futuristic-yet-warm aesthetic feel consisting of a royal blue color scheme offset by wood paneling throughout the facility was designed to ensure that the studio would feel like a home-away-from-home for anyone working there. “The studio quickly expanded to include a lounge with a kitchen, dining area, terrace, and coordination offices in addition to the control and live rooms,” said Silvia Molho. “All of these spaces were designed to be both comfortable and practical with variable lighting provided by the Phillips Hue System to give Max and Francisco complete control of the mood of each space.”
The audio production spaces were designed to meet the highest technical and acoustic standards and consist of a large live room, a pair of ISO booths, and a control room. The live room was designed specifically to track full ensembles all at once with generous space for drum recording. It also features a painted mural by Mexican American artist Teddy Kelly. The control room features a Slate Digital Raven MTZ Console with ATC and Yamaha Monitors in addition to a Dolby Atmos for Music – certified immersive production setup that utilizes 13 Genelec speakers, making it ideal for live tracking, mixing, and mastering in both stereo and 9.1.4. AV Systems Integration Design was performed by WSDG’s Senior Systems Designer Federico Paez, and Final Tuning by Sound Engineer David Molho. “We couldn’t believe our ears the first time we mixed and mastered a song in the studio,” said Arnold. “We’re both very picky about sound quality and just found ourselves loving the sounds immediately. Francisco turned to me and said, ‘I’ve never been as happy with a mix as I am right now.’”
With a slate of recording and audio post-production projects already lining up, Arnold says Sonic Den has raised the bar for professional recording facilities in Ciudad Obregon and will make musicians think twice about traveling for their recording needs. “Our city deserves bigger things, and this studio feels like a big step in the right direction,” Arnold said. “We’re very grateful to WSDG for expanding our horizons on what was possible with Sonic Den. We’re able to do everything we ever wanted and more here — it’s truly a dream come true.”
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ABOUT WSDG, LLC
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, Buenos Aires, Guangzhou, Mexico City and Mumbai.