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April 2012 l 23 NETHERLANDS Studio

Studio holds open day to celebrate return to full operationsal capacity, writes Phil Ward

THE SUN SHONE, the Leffe flowed… and the biggest story in European recording for years completed its first chapter. In Hilversum, a town synonymous with audio broadcast heritage, Wisseloord Studios held an open day last month to celebrate full operational capacity following a 14-month renaissance. For once, the dream had come true. Among the guests were

representatives of all the technology suppliers and infrastructure designers behind the re-bored interior. These were the teams that had contributed to the vision: the creation of, above all, a music recording studio that combined the finest in analogue acoustics and signal processing with the very latest in digital control. Avid, api, PMC, Prism Sound, Krell, EgglestonWorks, SPL, JV Acoustics, Grimm Audio for custom cabling, Media Furniture and even Antelope – for the atomic clocks – duly took their bows as leading acolytes Ronald Prent, Darcy Proper and Paul Reynolds greeted the

plaudits and congratulations of an admiring crowd. During some emotional speeches, as the scale of the achievement came into perspective and the relief of fruition welled, Reynolds, Wisseloord’s commercial director, acknowledged the staff, office management, financial controllers and catering support so

months spent bringing Wisseloord back to life


essential to a successful studio. He then thanked the families of all those involved in the reconstruction of Wisseloord, adding: “We promise we’ll come home in a couple of days…” Introducing the media department, in which the studio’s musical credentials are applied to all forms of web, disc and on-air content, Reynolds continued: “This studio isn’t just about

recording and mixing. We’re about music in all its forms, including mastering and the placement of music in all media.” Reynolds also acknowledged the unique role played by one supplier in this giant gateway between two physical words. “You will see Prism Sound converters all throughout this studio,” he said. “And we believe that this is the highest concentration of Prism’s conversion technology anywhere in the world.” A special mention was also made of German acoustician Jochen Veith, who oversaw the complete acoustic refit of the mastering rooms and the studio control rooms with molecular attention to detail. “Jochen

Ronald Prent, Wisseloord

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Wisseloord back in the room

(L-R): Bart Sloothaak, former Wisseloord studio manager; commercial director Paul Reynolds; director of mastering, Darcy Proper; and Ronald Prent, creative director

developed each control room together with PMC,” Reynolds pointed out, “which is a very rare opportunity. As soon as we switched on the systems in each room we knew that this combination was something very special.” Pointing out wryly that a mastering engineer with a microphone was a “very bad combination”, director of mastering Darcy Proper went on to pay tribute not only to the original architect of the building erected in 1978, who was present, but also to every individual designer, builder, craftsman and contractor who had sculpted the new interior “with their bare hands”.


Halo Post Productionhas announced that Dolby has awarded Premier Certification for its large dubbing theatre. This sees Halo join a list of only 18 facilities worldwide with the certification. The Dolby Premier certification process is a measure of technical excellence at every aspect of a studio’s operation. Room acoustics, monitoring standards, equipment selection, installation standards, synchronisation accuracy, mixing competence, and technical experience are all evaluated before the certificate is awarded.

UK studio and acoustic design consultancyWhite Mark has completed two audio production studios in Singapore for

advertising implementation agency Hogarth Worldwide. The studios have a fully isolated control room and voice recording booths and are equipped with Pro Tools HD Native, Avid ICON D-Command consoles and Exigy 7.1 surround sound systems. “The studios will mainly be used for broadcast audio recording and mixing, but there is also the possibility that they will be used for video as well,” said Alex Buchanan, technical operations director for Hogarth Worldwide.

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