Recording engineer Peregrine Andrews, who specializes in mixing radio and television, has installed a White Mark Fast Studio acoustic system in his west London-based private studio.
Developed by studio and design consultancy White Mark Ltd, Fast Studio allows producers, composers and studio owners to build high performance facilities in far less time and at far less cost than would normally be anticipated. The system uses properly constructed and individually specified acoustic modules that are assembled off-site, making them very quick and easy to install. It is ideal for rooms using free-standing monitors and in which there is no need for full isolation.
White Marks managing director David Bell says: Fast Studio meets market demand for high quality studios that are acoustically accurate, quick to install and preserve more of the character of the original building. Not everyone has the time or the requirement to invest in high levels of isolation. With Fast Studio, we can install a room that sounds good and delivers great acoustic results. We always insist that Fast Studio customers have their initial drawings and monitor set-ups carried out by our team of experts so that we can guarantee both the viability of using the system and the level of performance that will be achieved, but, provided the room meets our criteria, we can deliver a studio that satisfies our customers requirements and in a fraction of the normal time.
Peregrine Andrews says he chose White Mark for his studio upgrade on the basis of the companys reputation for excellence in acoustics.
My studio is a converted room in my flat and I use it for all my radio work and an increasing amount of TV, he explains. It is equipped with SADiE and Nuendo, a Smart AV Tango control surface set into a bespoke desk and stereo PMC monitoring, although Im planning to install surround sound monitoring soon.
I chose White Mark because I knew they had designed a lot of the top audio post rooms in London and a couple of friends in the business had used them. David Bell recommended the Fast Studio system as suitable for my needs and the company installed a set of panel absorbers and a bass trap in a void at the back of the room. David and Matt Dobson optimized the height and position of my speakers using their measurement system and they achieved an impressively flat response. I am really delighted with the sound of the room and the speed at which the work was carried out.
Andrews, who trained at the BBC and now runs his own company Moving Air, has already put the studio through its paces mixing a variety of projects.
In radio I do a lot of fast turnaround mixes, mainly documentaries, for the BBC
and also some drama. Recent TV work for the BBC includes the comedies "Twenty Twelve" and "The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff", the Queen music doc "Days of their Lives", and a series of "Motorway Cops".
White Marks Fast Studio system has now been used to great effect on a number of other studio projects including an advertising agency in Mexico City, Giles Martins new room at Abbey Road and Cenzo Townshends new mixing facility in Suffolk.