New 7.1 mix rooms for Frontier Developments

VA are proud to have delivered 2 new 7.1 mix rooms for Frontier Developments, the game developers responsible for Elite Dangerous and the recently released Jurassic World: Evolution. 

The new 7.1 mix rooms feature acoustic design by master acoustician Dr. Eddie Veale, monitoring from Dynaudio and Genelec, monitor control by SPL and interfaces by RME. The rooms were designed to facilitate the object orientated mixing that game audio demands, and to allow in-the-box mixing for cinematic release work.

VA also designed and installed 10 5.1 production rooms for the Frontier Audio team audio designers personal studios.

Case Study: University of Winchester – Recording Studios

Project: Creation of several studios

Location: Winchester

Area: 173m

Project Year: 2017

Contractor: EG Silverthorn

NEW MUSIC & SOUND RECORDING STUDIOS UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER

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

Case Study: Middlesex University

Project: Performance centre

Location: London

Area: 245m

Project Year: 2012

Contractor: Preco

TOP ACOUSTIC DESIGN FOR UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCE CENTRE

Veale Associates has provided high end acoustic design for University College Falmouth’s purpose built Performance Centre, built at the Tremough Campus in Cornwall, UK. This was a large project came from various sources including the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme.

The University College’s Performance Centre is one of the most sophisticated facilities of its kind in Europe, dedicated to delivering innovative Performance degree programmes in Music, Theatre, Dance and Production. In addition it holds a public, year-round contemporary performance programme attracting local, regional, national and international artists.

The centre includes a recording studio with a state of the art teaching control room, an associated large composition and live performance area, two further sound control rooms, two isolation booths, a central patch area and a tie-line system to a number of practice rooms and studio areas.

“This has been a huge project overall and the implantation of this part of it has been an example for all to follow. We have been hugely impressed with the expertise of Veale Associates who have move onto real world working. I know that the students will be knocked out when they get their hands on the new facilities and start using them over the next few weeks.”

Ian Bartholomew, Capital Projects Manager, Middlesex University

A 5 room, 2 studio complex

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 centred 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.

New studio and office facilities for EMAP's Rock station

Kerrang! Radio required a contemporary broadcast facility comprising of 3 on-air studios, 2 production studios, a news studio, racks room and multifunctional office, zoo area and meeting space. Live music and connectivity was of primary importance throughout so music sessions could be held anywhere and recorded or broadcast live from the studios.

High visual communication and interaction was required to reduce the physical barriers, and glass measuring 3.4×1.7m was installed to the front of the studios. This presented a number of challenges; the logistics of moving it, sound insulation and impact upon room acoustics, this resulted in the design of custom formulated glass.

VA were responsible for delivering an air conditioning system that reused and reconfigured the existing installation. Equipment in studios and racks runs 24/7 and heat has to be removed to prevent overheating and failure. To maintain station output and operations during power outage an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and standby generator were incorporated into the electrical design. All mission critical equipment is UPS supported and the entire facility maintained by a standby generator.

“Being a vibrant and energetic brand, it was important to bring interesting materials and finishes into the design. Floor tiles were left raw to bring a modern and industrial edge and perforated stainless steel panels were installed over treatments in the studios, together with the huge sheets of glass used in the studios there were a number of acoustic challenges that needed to be overcome, but VA achieved this and the project was a huge success.”

Eloise Veale, Creative Director, Veale Associates

Refurbishment of historic Dean Street Studio complex

VA were asked by Jasmin Lee, daughter of 10 Years After guitarist Alvin Lee, to carry out refurbishments to her recently acquired studio complex. 30 years previously, VA designed and built a recording studio for Alvin at his Buckinghamshire home, the renowned Hook End Studios.

Jasmin Lee’s historic studios were previously Tony Visconti’s “The Good Earth Studios” where the likes of David Bowie, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy recorded.

Veale Associates were given just 6 weeks to economically redesign and refurbish the main studio and improve the acoustics where necessary. Wall coverings were changed and silver laminate accents added to give a more modern look. A solid oak floor was fitted along with a twinkling star-cloth ceiling feature.

The adjacent control room was updated with state of the art equipment including an SSL Duality and a new inter-connecting window installed to improve isolation between the spaces.

Since opening, Dean Street has been used by many artists including Adele, Kaiser Chiefs, Tom Odell, Ed Sheeran, Paul Weller, Paloma Faith, Florence + The Machine, Robert Plant, Noel Gallagher, Miles Kane & The Wanted.