White Mark installs full audio complex at Extreme Music HQ

Mastering studio, mixing studio and three editing suites all part of big project for production music division of Sony ATV.
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Studio and design consultancy White Mark has designed and installed an entire audio complex for Extreme Music's new headquarters in London.

Extreme Music, the production music arm of Sony ATV, recently made the decision to move premises to accommodate its rapid business growth.

The complex includes a large mastering studio, a mixing studio that can also be used for tracklaying and three self-contained audio editing suites.

“We have been growing at a rapid rate and needed more space to accommodate staff and to provide more audio facilities," said Extreme Music's senior vice president, Dan Pounder. "Fortunately we were able to take over offices vacated by another Sony company and the move gave us the opportunity to redesign the space so that it exactly suited our workflow. Thanks to the exceptionally high standards employed by both White Mark and BNP Paribas, which handled the design of the non-technical space, we now have a working environment that exceeds our expectations and has the wow factor we were looking for.”

The mastering room is equipped with a Pro Tools system, PMC monitors and a range of processing equipment. There is also a multipurpose room equipped with Universal Audio, Sonnox and TC Electronic processing with PMC monitors for mixing, tracklaying and mastering. The two rooms can work in tandem for larger tracklaying projects, with the mastering room doubling up as a live space. The complex also houses three edit suites of varying sizes, all of which are linked to a common DDP audio server in a separate machine room so that work can easily be transferred between any of the five rooms.

White Mark’s managing director David Bell added: “Although Extreme Music’s new facility required a more traditional approach to studio building to achieve adequate isolation, we were able to incorporate the company’s existing Fast Studio panels into our design for the acoustic treatment of the edit rooms.”

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