March 25, 2014 marked the two-year anniversary of the re-opening of Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands. Coinciding with the anniversary, Wisseloord unveiled its new Studio4, known as the Vintage Room: a one-room concept studio, with the look and feel of a living room, but with technical amenities catering to smaller productions, tracking sessions, collaborative songwriting, and the like. This feel-at-home space features a Neve 8016 desk with 1073 preamps, and a 12-channel 1960’s EMI console, reputedly to be the one used to record the demos for The Beatles’ landmark album Abbey Road. Recording via these vintage desks can be to a Pro Tools rig, but for those preferring the old school approach, 16-track and eight-track tape machines are available in the vintage room package.
The mastering department has also been expanded with the addition of two mastering engineers and an additional mastering suite. The two engineers joining the team are Sander van der Heide and Pier-Durk Hogenterp. As for Mastering1, Mastering2 features an SPL console, Jochen Veith acoustics, and EgglestonWorks monitors powered by Krell.
Pier Durk Hogenterp and Sander Van Der Heide
Frederic Gervais, commercial manager of Wisseloord comments on the two-year anniversary, “The folks at Wisseloord would like to express their sincere thanks to the many artists, musicians, and music professionals who have helped them reach this two-year milepost. With the right combination of team, talent and technology, the future looks bright once again for this musical treasure.”
The recording facility, which originally opened its doors in 1978 attracting the likes of Mick Jagger, Elton John, The Scorpions, and Golden Earring, was sold into new ownership in 2011. It subsequently underwent a major transformation, returning the historic studio to the forefront of technology and efficiency.
Since re-opening, the Wisseloord team has made significant steps in putting Wisseloord back on the map. In the last six months, no less than ten album projects facilitated at Wisseloord have reached the top position on the music charts, for artists such as Peter Maffay, Vandenberg’s Moonkings, David Garrett, Hooverphonic, and Ilse DeLange to name a few. Wisseloord has also added a Grammy Award and an additional Grammy nomination to its list of accolades.