Bunkersound, Steven Raets' studio in Chapel Hill, NC, is featured in the Mix Magazine Class of 2014, Mix's yearly round-up of the recording industry's top studio building projects. You can check it out here.
New WLDG design projects include a 1400 sq. ft. tracking and mixing studio for Rhett Voga in Ridgefield, CT.
Bunkersound has just opened it's doors in Chapel Hill, NC. Photos are here. Several other studios are in the final stages of completion - more photos coming soon!
The February issue of Pro Sound News contains a cover story on studio design featuring interviews with Wes Lachot, Fran Manzella, and Paul Cox. Check out the article here.
Since our last update we have some great new projects to report:
- Studioscope - Saint Georges du Bois, France. This is a large partly ground-up project in a beautiful rural setting a couple of hours outside of Paris.
- Dominik Kazmierczak - Vienna, Austria. This is a residential studio in one of the great classical music capitals of the world.
- Joe Cosas - Tampa, Fl. This is another residential studio project, our fourth project in and around the Tampa area.
- Sandrevan Sound - Warren, VT. This project is one we're very excited about. It's a ground-up project, and the large tracking room and control room will have incredible views of the surrounding Vermont mountains.
- Cameron Yates - Springfield, IL. This is also a ground-up project with a nice setting and views of the natural surroundings.
- TRS Studios -Total Recording Solutions - Beirut, Lebanon. We're extremely intrigued by this new project in a commercial setting in downtown Beirut.
Bunkersound (Chapel Hill, NC) is up and running. Photos coming soon. Roger Street Friedman's studio in Sea Cliff, NY is also complete; see photos here.
Strange Weather has been nominated for a 2013 TEC Award
The AES Convention is coming up Oct. 18-20 at the Javits Center in NYC. Hope to see some of you there.
Our latest European project is a studio for Olivier Fournier's production company Studioscope, near Angers, France. This is going to be a very large studio in a beautiful setting with stunning views of the countryside from the tracking room.
We've also received a commission for a new project in Springfield, IL for producer Camron Yates.
Studios nearing completion are Mark Corrigan's place in Newport, RI, and Roger Friedman's place in Sea Cliff, NY. Photos coming soon…
Producer Dustin Bennett's studio in Lake Forest, IL is up and running. Here's a shot of the control room:
More photos can be seen here.
There are also photos up of the newly completed Rarefied Recording in San Diego, CA. Check out the photos here
We're pleased to announce that Wes Lachot Design Group has been selected to design studio facilities for Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. Catawba College has an expanding popular music department, and we are very happy to be a part of this challenging project.
Pine Mountain Studio in Cloverdale, CA is complete, and is up and running; you can see photos here. Photos of Rarefied Recording and Dustin Bennett's place coming soon…
Strange Weather is featured in this month's Mix magazine Class of 2013; congratulations to Marc Goodman and his staff!
New projects include a studio for Ryan Dusick (formerly of Maroon 5) out in Los Angeles, CA
Hope to see everybody at the 2013 PotLuck Audio Convention in Tucson, August 2nd and 3rd.
Several building projects are just finishing up as we write this. Tony Brett and his crew are out in Cloverdale, CA putting the finishing touches on Pine Mountain Studio. Thom Canova and his wiring crew are in San Diego doing the final wiring for Rarefied Recording. Dustin Bennett's studio in Lake Forrest, IL is also very close to completion; we should have photos up on the website of these projects very soon.
Recent new commissions include a studio for Rodrigo Cuevas in Mexico City, and a studio for Steven Raets in Chapel Hill, NC. We're also designing a post-production room for Nick Daley in Seffner, FL, as well as a mobile control room for Frank Martin in Winston Salem, NC.
Wes will be a panelist at the upcoming PotLuck Audio Convention which is in Tucson this year August 2-3. It should be a great time - hope to see you there!
Strange Weather has completed construction and is now open for business in Brooklyn. Photos are here. SoundStruck Studios in downtown Dubai, UAE has also recently opened. Check out this new WLD studio here. Also recently completed is Archer Avenue Studio in Columbia SC. Photos are here.
We've got several exciting new Projects to report. Renowned engineer John Davenport (Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, John Lennon) has recently commissioned WLD to design a ground up studio for his recording and film complex on the Deep River, near Sanford, NC. Avant-garde saxophonist extraordinaire Alexander Berne has commissioned a large studio complex in central Florida. Rich Goldberg has commissioned a commercial studio for Denver, CO. ID Labs (Snoop Dog, Lil Wayne, Maroon 5, De La Soul) has hired us to complete the acoustical designs for their new studios in Pittsburg, PA. Other new Projects include a private studio for Blake Ohlson in Daniel Island, SC, and a private studio for Mark Corrigan in Newport, RI.
Wes is headed out to San Francisco for the AES Convention, and will be there October 26, 27, and 28. If you're attending the convention and would like to get together, send an email to wes at wes lachot dot com.
Marc Goodman's Strange Weather studio in Brooklyn, NY is nearly complete. Tony and his crew will be heading up soon to put on the finishing touches. Dustin Bennett's place out in Lake Forest, IL is also nearing completion, while Rarefied Recording in San Diego, CA is also moving along nicely. Also in the final stages of construction is Primoz Velikonja's studio in Kocevska Reka, Slovenia, and SoundStruck Studios in Dubai, UAE is now fully complete (photos coming soon).
We've got two new Projects starting up in California, one for Harrison Street Records in San Francisco, and the other for Pine Mountain Studio in Cloverdale.
Wes Lachot was part of the acoustics panel at the recent PotLuckCon in Tucson, AZ, along with Chris Pelonis, Larry Swist, Eric Smith, Carl Tatz, and Russ Long. We're glad to see that Craig Schumacher has gotten the conference rolling again, and it was great to see lots of old friends at the conference.
New WLD Projects include a nice ground-up home studio addition for Branded Records in Cary, NC. Owner Mitch Dancik was lead singer for the great New York City-based '70s rock band Just Water. We're also pleased to announce that we've been selected to design a home-based studio for Roger Friedman in Sea Cliff, NY
Manifold Recording was chosen as one of the featured new studios in the Mix Class of 2012. Here's a link.
Composer Jason Graves' new studio was featured on the cover of the Italian magazine Computer Music Studio (this month's edition). You can read it here (if you read Italian).
Tony and Ray of Brett Acoustics are currently in Dubai U.A.E. finishing up work on SoundStruck Studios, in the heart of downtown Dubai. The studios should be up and running in the near future - check back for photos coming soon. Meanwhile, construction is continuing on Strange Weather in Brooklyn NY, Twelfth Street Studios in Austin TX, Roy Silverstein's studio in San Diego CA, Dustin Bennett's studio in Lake Forest IL, and Primo? Velikonja's studio facility in Kocevska Reka, Slovenia.
We have a new project near Muskegon MI designing a multi-room facility for Terrestrial Media. Owner Mike Naramore is building a large Studio A complex with an and API console and an 800 sq. ft. tracking room, and well as several smaller studios.
We've also taken on a new design project for Archer Avenue Studio in Columbia, SC, with construction due to begin soon.
Our latest new commission is a ground-up facility for Joe Moorhead and Squeaky Chair Productions near Cleveland, OH. This promises to be a really nice facility with a large tracking room, and API console, and beautiful nature views.
Truphonic Recording has recently opened for business in Charleston, SC. You can check out the photos here. Tony Brett and crew just finished up construction, and after a couple of days off, Tony jumped on a plane and headed over to Dubai to work on SoundStruck Studios. After that he's headed to Mark Goodman's place in NYC (Strange Weather) and Dustin Bennet's place in Lake Forest, IL, among others...
Wes Lachot Design Group is pleased to announce that Manifold Recording has been nominated for an Outstanding Creative Achievement Award by the TEC Foundation in the category of Studio Design. Located in central North Carolina near the Research Triangle, Manifold Recording has reinvented the concept of the world class recording studio, and has been featured in Mix, Pro Sound News, Pro Audio Review, and many other publications. This multi-million dollar facility has been called by reviewer/producer Alex Oana "one of the finest recording studios built in the world in the last decade".
Composer Jason Graves' studio is finished and up-and-running; you can see the photos here. Manifold Recording was featured in the August issue of Pro Audio Review, as well as the September issue of Pro Sound News. You can see the articles on the Publications page.
Lisa and Wes just returned from the Dominican Republic, where we've just received a commission to design a control room for Juan Luis Guerra, one of the preeminent musicians in all of Latin America. Juan has been the recipient of 15 Latin Grammys and two Grammys, and has sold over 30 million records. We are very excited about having the opportunity to work with Juan and all of the talented people around him.
In other equally exciting news, we've just received another major international commission, this one in Dubai, UAE, designing a multi-room facility for Charles El Soueidi. This promises to be a very unique project, and we'll be heading over to Dubai in the coming weeks.
Another new project on the boards is a studio for producer/publisher/record exec. Olivier Chastan, in Woodstock, NY. Chastan as worked with a long list of artists, including Whitney Houston, Cold Play, Pearl Jam, DMX, and Jay-Z.
A bit closer to home, Manifold Annex, the film scoring and post production suite, is finally complete. Photos are here.
Manifold Recording is on the cover of this month's Mix Magazine (May 2011). The cover and accompanying feature article can be seen here:
Image courtesy Mix Magazine
Manifold Recording's main studio is finally finished, after 4 1/2 years of hard work by everyone involved. Special thanks to RPG Diffusor Systems, Tony Brett and his acoustical installation crew, Thom Canova and his wiring crew, McLean Builders, Rob Warren (draftsman par excellence), Lisa Lachot, and all of the other tradesmen and professionals who made it happen. And thanks most of all, of course, to owners Amy and Michael Tiemann, who made it all possible. Here's a photo; there are more here.
Our latest completed project, Sound Temple Studios in Asheville, NC, has opened their doors, after finishing up construction just before Christmas. Check out the photos here
Meanwhile, Manifold Recording (Pittsboro, NC) is almost complete; we expect to be commissioning the 64-channel API Vision console in mid-February. Stay tuned for more details and photos coming soon...
We just got back from the AES Convention in San Francisco, where we had a great time meeting with new clients, manufacturers, and many friends, old and new.
We've just taken on a new ground-up studio design job for Roy Silverstein in San Diego, CA. We're looking forward to traveling out to CA to see the lot and get started on that project. Another new project has come along, this one in Lake Forest, IL, for up and coming producer-engineer Dustin Bennett.
We've also just been hired to design the acoustics for a new live performance venue called The Haw River Ballroom, in Saxapahaw, NC. This medium sized performance space is part of a larger construction project, the re-purposing of a 100 year old cotton mill by the Haw River, which will also contain lofts, apartments, shops and restaurants. Check out the Saxapahaw River Mill website at www.hawriverballroom.com/.
The Manifold Recording project is nearly complete, after three years of construction. Here's a photo of the recently completed cloud in the Studio A Music Room:
For more info on the math behind the cloud, follow this link: http://blog.miraverse.com/2010/09/26/week-142-music-room-cloud/
We have recently received a new commission for a studio in Austin, Texas. Studio owner Paul Wesley Riekert has purchased a former church building just across the river from downtown, which we will be converting into an 1800 sq. ft. studio suitable for everything from small bands to large ensembles. Paul is calling the new facility Twelfth Street Sound, and has brought in well known engineer producer Kevin Szymanski (Foo Fighters, Etta James, Dr. John, Delbert McClinton) to run the place. This is going to be a really fun project in a great town.
We've received a couple of new commissions since the last update. One is in the Dallas, Texas suburbs, for the popular contemporary Christian artists Shane and Shane. Their plans include a large A room suite as well as a smaller B room, lounge and other amenities. The beautiful, multi-acre site includes a stunning band house built completely of native stone, with a nice outdoor living area and swimming pool. Our other new project is a full service facility for Freshley Media, located in Charleston, SC.
Congratulations to Clear Track Productions (Clearwater, FL), whose new Wes Lachot Design Group studio was chosen for Mix Magazine's Class of 2010, currently on sale. Here's a preview, and a link:
Image courtesy Mix Magazine
Wes Lachot is the feature interview in this month's Studio Magazin (Germany):
Image courtesy Studio Magazin
Lot's going on: We have recently received three exciting new design commissions--one in NYC, one in Cologne, Germany, and one in Kocevska, Slovenia.
The NYC project is a partially ground-up 2,000 sq. ft. recording studio for Strange Weather, a happening studio business owned by Marc Goodman, located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn (a 10 minute subway ride from downtown Manhattan). This is going to be a nice place, with a 600 sq. ft. tracking room, a large control room, and plenty of amenities.
Next up is our new recording studio commission in Cologne, Germany, for client Tobias Sheffel. This studio is also a partial ground-up, partial renovation project. We are excited to be building in Cologne, home of Europe's largest Gothic cathedral.
Then there's our newest project, a completely ground up recording studio for Primoz Velikonja, in Kocevska, Slovenia. This is our second design commission in Slovenia, and we can't wait to see the country, which is reportedly one of the most beautiful places anywhere on earth.
Meanwhile, construction is progressing steadily on the Manifold Recording project in NC, Jesse Lurie's studio out in Santa Barbara, Sound Temple in Asheville, NC, and several others. Some of these studios will be coming on line later in 2010. Keep coming back for updates and photos...
Clear Track Productions has been completed in Clearwater, FL, and is open for business, with several large Projects already booked. Tony, Thom, Bryan and crew did a beautiful job - check out the photos here.
Our latest commission, a home studio for our newest client, Simon Skalar, is half a world away - in Kamnik, Slovenia.
The Manifold Recording project continues to progress. Here's the blog: http://blog.miraverse.com/
Meanwhile, Sound Temple Studios is gearing up for construction is Asheville, N.C.
We have several exciting new Projects in the works:
Currently on the drawing boards is a design for a new studio for Robert George in Asheville, NC, called Sound Temple Studios. Also coming up is a new studio in Charlottesville, VA for Scott Brady's Alchemy Sound, LLC. Under development in Cary, NC is a new facility for Minor Gleason's Cat's Away Studio.
Wow, that's a lot of new Projects! There are others in the pipeline...
In other news, the Capitol Broadcasting project is complete, and the studios are up and running (12 studios in all). Photos coming soon. Over at the Manifold Recording job site, the main Music Room and Iso-booths have been dried in - yeah!
Clear Track Productions in Clearwater, FL, is almost complete. Tony Brett and his crew are headed to Florida and expect to have the acoustic finishes completed within 2-3 weeks. Sonic Circus is delivering the SSL G+ series console on Nov 16th, and Thom Canova and crew will begin final wiring the following week.
In Raleigh, NC, construction work is about to begin at Jason Graves private studio. Our project in Santa Barbara, CA is also about to start construction. Stay tuned!
The Mixing Room, a post production facility in Omaha NE is up and running. We just got back from the final room tuning, and we're real excited about this one. New photos are here.
We've just taken on a couple of new design Projects. One is for VuDu Studios in beautiful Port Jefferson, NY. VuDu's current very popular recording facility is located in Freeport NY. The other is a composing studio for Jason Graves in Raleigh, NC. Jason is a successful composer in the video gaming field, and has a hot track record and an impressive client list.
The Manifold Recording building project continues to progress, as the music room masonry is now complete and the control room and booth walls are nearing completion. Soon, the masonry will begin to go up for the Annex building, where Studio 2 will be located. There are lots of photos on the Miraverse website blog here: http://blog.miraverse.com/
Charleston Sound is on the cover of this month's Mix Magazine (July 2009). The cover and accompanying feature article can be seen here:
Image courtesy Mix Magazine
The Mix Magazine Online Class of 2009 slideshow features Charleston Sound, which we completed several months ago and is now open for business. Tony Brett supervised the acoustical construction and finishes, with help from Thom Canova and Brian Brett. Follow this link and check out photos # 25 and 26: http://mixonline.com/slideshow_1/index.html
Manifold Recording construction continues, with blockwork reaching the 28th course (out of 36 courses total). Here's a photo of the live room under construction:
The exciting news this month is that the Manifold Recording project has expanded to include an additional control room in the Manifold Annex building. The "B" Room will be roughly the same size as the "A" Room, and will house a Harrison Trion digital console. This room will be set up primarily for video recording and editing, and digital audio, and will feature full surround monitoring. In order to fully exploit the surround capabilities of the room, we will be working with RPG Diffusor Systems to design a custom "Waveform" wavy diffusor that encloses the entire room. Stay tuned for further details!
Blueprints have been completed for the Capitol Broadcasting Co. project (WRAL and WCNC - Raleigh, NC). Construction is due to begin shortly, and the project is projected to be completed by late summer/ early fall.
Our latest design commission is for a recording studio in Santa Barbara, CA. We've also been hired to do a residential studio in Livermore, CA.
Construction is well underway for The Mixing Room (Omaha, NE). Tony Brett is supervising all acoustic aspects of the project for WLD. Nearby in Lincoln, NE, construction is about to begin for the SadSon Music Group studio facility.
ClearTrack Productions' new studio in Clearwater, FL is almost complete. The anticipated opening date for this one is 4-6 weeks away.
Charleston Sound Studio is featured in MIX Magazine online; the article is here: http://blog.mixonline.com/briefingroom/2009/02/24/api-1608-replaces-a-digital-console-in-new-charleston-sound-studio/
AudioGrotto of Newport, KY has hired us to redesign their new control room. We've just completed the new design, and construction is underway. Photos coming soon...
Manifold Recording construction is coming along nicely - the blockwork is up to the 8th course and climbing. The tracking room will feature a 24 ft. ceiling, so there are a total of 36 block courses above slab level!
We've just received a commission to design the new radio broadcast and production studios for Capitol Broadcasting Company (WRAL-FM, WCMC-FM). This new facility will house a total of 12 broadcast and production studios, as well as a master technical/server room. We'll be working on this project with the architecture firm Clearscapes PA.
The new Wes Lachot Design Group website is up and running! So far, we are very pleased, and we welcome your feedback. Many thanks to Holden Richards of Kitchen Media for all of his hard work and creative input.
Our control room project for Poynter's Palace in Little Rock, AR has just been completed. You can check out the pictures here.
We've just taken on a new project, designing a studio facility for SadSon Music Group in Lincoln, NE. Meanwhile, construction is about to begin on The Mixing Room in Omaha, and construction is underway for ClearTrack Productions in Clearwater, FL, with Tony Brett and Jose Alcaraz doing the framing. And in NC, the floor slabs are complete and the walls are going up for the Manifold Recording project. You can check out the progress at the Manifold construction blog here: http://blog.miraverse.com
We're pleased to announce the commissioning of another design project in Omaha, NE. This one is a post production facility, and should be up and running some time in mid-2009.
We also have two new recording studio Projects on the drawing boards, one in Charlotte, NC, and the other in Norman, OK. Stay tuned for further details.
Charleston Sound has opened it's doors for business, and is already booking large blocks of studio time. Studio owner Jeff Hodges has pulled out all of the stops, and has outfitted the studio with an API console, Yamaha C-6 Conservatory grand piano, and Hammond C-3 organ and Leslie. Check out the photos here.
Also newly opened for business is PureMix Studio D. The new pictures are here.
Mixmasters Studio has opened in downtown Augusta, GA. Here's a snapshot:
The studio is conveniently located a block and a half from a public square with a statue of James Brown (Brown hailed from Augusta). Bands taking a break from tracking can push a button and have their picture taken with the legendary former hardest working man in show business.
Pure Mix Studio D is up and running in Wake Forest, NC. Here's a preview snapshot:
That's studio owner Troy Henry (right) checking out the new SSL AWS 900 console with Barry Poynter, who's building a new WLD studio in Little Rock, AR. More photos to come in the near future - stay tuned.
We have a couple of new Projects in the works:Producer/engineer Barry Pointer has hired us to design a new control room design for Poynter's Palace in Little Rock, AR. We've also been commissioned to create a complete studio design for Mike Johnson's Clear Track Productions in Clearwater, FL.
We recently designed and installed a new sound system for the Hillside Theater at Taliesin (Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Spring Green WI). The new system sounds great! Hi to all of our friends at Taliesin.
Congratulations to our clients Brad and Jenny Smalling (Evergroove Studio) for their front page article in the April edition of Pro Sound News. Evergroove Studio, located in Evergreen, CO, is one of the first studios in the country to go solar.
A nice photo of the Overdub Lane control room was featured in the April edition of Pro Audio Review.
The Eckberg-Dancy music pavilion is currently under construction. Check out these photos:
Charleston sound framing is completed, and wiring is underway. Owner Jeff Hodges has started a construction blog with http://www.charlestonsound.com/news/
The Pot Luck Audio Convention (formerly known as TapeOpCon) is June 6th-8th in New Orleans. Acoustics forum panelists this year will include Wes Lachot, Chris Pelonis, Fran Manzella, Jeff Hedback, and Jeff Madison.
Here's an article on Wes Lachot Design Group client Focus Mastering in Omaha in the Omaha Reader. Also, here is an article in Keyboard Magazine about the new console at Overdub Lane.
Overdub Lane Recording has a recently remodeled control room. The new Wes Lachot designed control room features an API 1608 all-discrete console and Dynaudio Acoustics M-3 active main monitors, with Bryston amplification and crossovers.
Construction is progressing on the Manifold Recording project. You can see construction pictures at owner Michael Tiemann's blog: http://blog.miraverse.com/. Also, Michael is keeping a photo diary as construction progresses. Check it out here.
Evergroove Studio, located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Evergreen, Colorado, is the first Wes Lachot client to go solar! Read all about it here.
Two new exciting Projects to report: One is a new 1900 square foot studio for Charleston Sound, LLC, located in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The other is a ground up studio facility for bassist Rick Eckberg and vocalist Shannon Dancy, in Hillsborough, NC.
Focus Mastering is now up and running (see photos here). Owner Doug Van Sloun reports "Listening to a bunch of different stuff. Sounds great! I'm starting to get comfy already."
The Planet Red project (Richmond, VA) has expanded, as owner Andreas Magnusson has decided to go ahead and build the entire facility all at once rather than splitting the build-out into two phases. We look forward to beginning construction in early 2008.
The Manifold Recording building phase is also about to begin (Chapel Hill, NC). We anticipate breaking ground either this month or next. Really excited about this one!
We're also about to begin construction is the new multi-room facility for PureMix Recording in Raleigh, NC. This promises to be a very interesting project.
PureMix Recording Studios has selected Wes Lachot Design Group to develop plans for a new facility in Raleigh, NC. The new studios will include a large complex for tracking and mixing, as well as a second control room and iso-booth suite for overdubs and mixing. We will be collaborating on this project with our good friend Jeff Hedback of Hedback designed Acoustics. Jeff's firm is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN.
Two new design commissions have come along recently. One is a new control room and lounge for Planet Red Studios in Richmond, VA. Owner/producer Andreas Magnusson plans to renovate the rest of the facility (including tracking and iso-booth areas) in 2008. Also about to begin construction is a new control room for Smitty's Studio in Greensboro, NC, owned and operated by Mike Garrigan. Wes Lachot Design Group associate (and master carpenter) Tony Brett will be supervising construction for both Projects.
Our latest project to reach completion is Enamel, a studio for the band The Faint, in Omaha, NE. See the "Projects" page for more info.
Wes Lachot was recently invited to Taliesin (Spring Green, WI) to speak on the subject of architectural acoustics. The lectures were attended by apprentices, faculty, and staff of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, as well as several visiting artists and architects. More information is available in the "Articles" section of this website.
Plans are underway for the design of a new mastering facility for Focus Mastering in Omaha, NE. Mastering engineer Doug Van Sloan, owner of Focus Mastering, was previously with Studio B in Omaha.
The 6th Annual TapeOp Conference is June8-10 in Tucson, AZ. Wes will be discussing his new Projects. Come on out and join us.
Wes Lachot Design Group has been selected to design a new recording studio for Grayson Guitars, in Prince Frederick, MD.
A new recording facility for the rock band "The Faint" is nearing completion in Omaha, NE. The studio is located in the heart of downtown Omaha, and will feature a Trident console and custom RPG adjustable acoustics.
Modern Recording in Chapel Hill, NC has just opened a new studio facility designed by Wes Lachot Design. Photos coming soon.