Case Study: University of Winchester – Recording Studios

Project: Creation of several studios

Location: Winchester

Area: 173m

Project Year: 2017

Contractor: EG Silverthorn


VA transformed a dance studio into a 5 room music studio complex for the University of Winchester to support their expansion of audio recording and mixing for music production and film post-production.

The University commissioned Veale Associates to review their proposals and examine course structures and content to ensure the facilities satisfied student access and work demands. VA then designed the studio complex to comprise of two 5.1 control rooms, two live rooms and a Foley room. Extensive re-modeling was also undertaken to the access corridors to provide a new Studio Controller’s office and feature timber sound wave.

The studios were finished to a very high standard and incorporated the new University branding. The high ceiling in Live 1 provided an opportunity to design a custom acoustic diffuser manufactured by Wood-Skin and the studio equipment centered around 2 Audient ASP8024HR consoles with monitoring by Amphion and Unity Audio. The studios were fitted out with Protools and Logic and featured a Focusrite RedNet system to provide networkable audio across the entire complex.

“Our ambition for the University of Winchester is to become a leading provider of sound and music education. Veale Associates understood the Universities ambitions from day one, whilst appreciating the constraints on cost and time. They brought a wealth of industry and higher education experience to the project. The concept from day one was to deliver not only first class education facilities from the visual perspective but studios fully equipped to deliver the key learning objectives whilst achieving the acoustic and technical criteria necessary for studios of this type. We couldn’t have done this without the professional and creative input from Veale’s leading people Eddie, Eloise and Richard. The outcome is visually stunning, well equipped functional facilities that fully meet the project brief delivered to quality, time and cost.”

Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor, University of Winchester

Lennon’s home studio celebrated in new book

Scott Cardinal is part of The Cardinals, the creative team behind the books, and he believes that Ascot Sound was a significant milestone in the early development of the professional-grade home studio. “When Lennon met with acoustician Eddie Veale, who designed the facility, he simply said, ‘Build me a studio that is a good as Apple’s,” says Cardinal.

Case Study: Starr Cinema, Tate Modern

Location: London

Area: 245sqm

Project year: 2016

Contractor: West-One Interiors

The 15 year old, 250 seat Starr Auditorium in the iconic Tate Modern was revitalised as a high spec, multi-function venue to offer facilities unique to the UK. The brief given was for a state-of-the-art technical solution that integrated cinema, live performance and presentation into a single facility.

The performance stage needed a full multi channel live sound capability, while the presentation facilities should provide both the capacity for high-profile corporate hire use through to internal AV educational presentations.

Before the technology could be addressed the acoustics had to receive a major refurbishment. The solution involved stripping back the auditorium to the structural walls to construct a more acoustically satisfying room.

Dolby Atmos was installed. Columns created sound shadows so we paired speakers to share the same audio channel so there is no sound shadowing. Base traps were put in the wall and ceiling and the speakers were concealed so that they are invisible, a move that met the approval of Tate’s project team while fulfilling the concept of transparency of the sound source.

“Thank you for such a great effort in improving the setting of the Starr Cinema. It is not obvious that someone who has been experimenting with sound for about 50 years as Laurie Anderson, is instantly convinced and happy re: the sound conditions for such a layered film. The Q&A (well, more a monologue) went perfectly sound wise, thank you for working hard on that. We were all overwhelmed last Friday by your amazing commitment”.

Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International, Art & Film