An international music education has become a lot more accessible – and enticing – thanks to recent developments at Berklee College of Music.
The renowned contemporary music education school has opened its first campus outside of Boston with Berklee in Valencia (Spain). Located within the stunning Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia – a multipurpose arts complex – Berklee in Valencia features a highly advanced recording/teaching complex designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) (Highland, NY).
The studio facility within the Music Technology Complex represents the final element of Berklee’s first international campus, which recently launched its master’s programs, and comprises five inter-related components. The 1600 sq. ft. scoring stage/studio – Studio K – which includes an 860 sq. ft. live room with 15-foot ceilings and features variable acoustic wall treatments developed for diverse recording configurations. The studio’s windows provide full views of the Palau and allow the public to view Berklee’s music activities. The live room is supported by a 500 sq. ft. control room, two 250 sq. ft. ISO/overdub booths, and an isolated machine room.
Each aspect of the studio combines to form a world-class recording complex designed to support Berklee’s master’s students and visiting artists, as they transition from student to music professional. Avid/Euphonix controllers are deployed throughout to take advantage of the Eucon protocol, for seamless migration of projects across the facility, up to and including the flagship System 5. Future plans include the installation of an identical console in Boston, which will facilitate real time joint sessions between the two locations.
The entire facility, whose design was overseen by WSDG architect/acoustician John Storyk, is configured through a central machine room for speed, ease of turnaround, and high interconnectivity between rooms, including the Palau de les Arts’ concert halls. The System 5 has 48 channels, with 128 channels of I/O, and 176 mic lines. In addition, there is a broad selection of analog processing with plenty of room for additions should the need arise.
Take a video tour of the new Berklee in Valencia facilities:
Monitoring in the production suites is all-Genelec – 5.1 surround in Studio A, and 2.1 stereo in Studios B, C, and D. The control room in Studio K features the Meyer Sound Acheron 7.1 surround monitoring system. The room also includes Griffin Audio G2B Active main stereo monitors, along with ProAc and Yamaha NS-10’s. Additionally, the room has been designed to Dolby specifications and readied for the new Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound monitoring protocol.
Along with the Valencia campus, WSDG was also responsible for designing and constructing recording studios for Berklee College of Music’s $100 million + new building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. WSDG’s portfolio includes facilities for clients including Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Def Jam Records, ESPN, Jay-Z, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MTV Latin America and the 2012 TEC Award-winning Jungle City Studios, among thousands of other domestic and international clients.