RA The Book: The Recording Architecture Book Of Studio DesignBlack Box Press
Established by Roger D'Arcy and Hugh Flynn on April 1st 1987, Recording Architecture has risen to become one of the premier recording studio design companies in the world.
First Commissioned by ex Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis for Blue Room studios In Sheffield, swiftly followed by projects such as Hulgrave Hall for composer Keith Hopwood, the company has grown to design key installations around the world.
Now for the first time is a history of these ground breaking designs covering all aspects of the architectural, acoustic and interior design of these studios and spaces, specifically related to sound on a project by project basis.
In a Career spanning three decades, Recording Architecture has virtually unrivalled experience in the design of studios which range in size and purpose from classical orchestral, residential, mixing, mastering, post production, film dubbing, video editing and rehearsal studios over 40 countries worldwide. Stating his desire to expand awareness with the new book Roger D Arcy states Over the years, and perhaps surprisingly, the only available books on recording studio design seem to have been written by individuals with little or no qualified background in Architecture or design in the field - we are trying show the detailed architectural/acoustic input behind a successful design with each studio study showing drawings in large format . This is not a theoretical guide but a detailed presentation of tried and tested techniques as applied to real, built projects in many of the case studies, the actual drawings issued for construction are reproduced. The examples illustrate not only what we think should be done but what was in fact physically (and successfully) implemented in a wide variety of situations from small, private project studios to large, commercial land mark studios such as Lansdowne and CTS. Examples range in scope from individual spaces and rooms to multi studio facilities and cover the two principal strands of recording and mixing: MUSIC studios recording (tracking), mixing and mastering (including cutting) project to orchestral in scale examples have been taken from the private, commercial and educational sectors. POST PRODUCTION studios voice over (dubbing), FX recording ( Foley ), film mix studios (dubbing theatres) from small voice over studios for TV to large Dolby Premier Certified film mix theatres. Contents include hundreds of photographs together with detailed plans and construction drawings - including comprehensive specifications of materials and techniques - showing exactly how these environments were created.