Project Studio Optimization - Panel
A designer to the stars talks project studio design with some of today’s most skilled producers, engineers and musicians – exploring advice and deep wisdom on how to get the perfect product from a project studio.
John Storyk, Walters-Storyk Design Group, Highland, NY
As an aspiring musician and architecture student at Princeton and Columbia Universities, John Storyk’s career has followed a natural pursuit of his two favorite subjects. Forty years on, his occupational inclinations have produced the design and construction of over 3000 world-class audio and video production facilities, recording studios, radio stations, corporate media and conference rooms, educational and entertainment facilities, clubs, and theaters. The Walters-Storyk Design Group has created personal studios for Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Green Day, Aerosmith and many other Platinum artists. Their commercial studio credits range from Electric Lady to Jungle City. Live venue credits include Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. WSDG Broadcast facility design credits include architecture and/or audio-acoustic planning and design for CBS, WNET and ESPN, A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES), John Storyk is a frequent contributor to AES Convention Panels and Papers. WSDG pro audio educational facility credits include Berklee College of Music (Boston & Valencia, Spain), NYU, Full Sail and Ex’Pression. John Storyk lectures at schools around the U.S. and has established courses in acoustics at Yale University, Columbia, NYU, Ex’Pression College, SF; Full Sail Center, Orlando; and Berklee College of Music in Boston where he is adjunct professor of Acoustics and Studio Design. Mr. Storyk received an AES Fellowship Award in 2011.
Alex Santilli, Spice House Studio, Philadelphia, PA
I got into audio from a listener's perspective. At 13, I went from building Legos to assembling computers. I started designing speakers at 16 and ran a custom-made PC business till I was 20. At age 19, I began teaching myself to mix music on Pro Tools. At age 20, I began restoring dead analog consoles and quickly branched into restoring all kinds of equipment. I used what I learned from restoration, and a year later began modifying circuit design for more linear and better functioning equipment. At the same time, I was hired by a studio owner to restore equipment and rewire his studio to accommodate a digital system alongside his existing analog set up. He later hired me as an audio engineer, and eventually I started managing the business. When we were forced out of our space, I initiated an effort to create a studio in Philadelphia that I had been envisioning for years. With my knowledge of equipment, engineering, wiring, acoustics, and business I felt I could create something great. Two years ago, when I was 22, John Storyk and WSDG Project Manager, Matt Ballos, signed on to work with us in designing the studio. We hope our unconventional approach to audio equipment and systems engineering will help create a definitive new sound for visionary artists.
Matt MacPhail, News At Eleven Productions, Arlington, VA
Matt MacPhail and his wife, Ann, a professional voiceover artist, are the principals of News At Eleven Productions (newsatelevenproductions.com). The company began in 1999 as the record label for the first of two CDs by News At Eleven (newsateleven.com), a contemporary Christian band from USC. Since then, the company has grown into a media production company offering recording, mixing, voiceover and post-production services to musicians, filmmakers, game developers and educators. Matt has been recording, producing and editing audio and video in “project studios” since middle school. The MacPhail’s now literally live “above the shop,” having recently worked with WSDG on the design of a 1300 SF project studio in the sub-basement of their DC-area home. The studio blurs the lines between a traditional “project studio” and a modern, work-from-home “commercial” studio. Other projects and clients include Autumn Gem (autumn-gem.com), a documentary about China's first modern-era feminist; Fluencia (fluencia.com), an online Spanish learning series; and For Love of Children (floc.org), a DC-based organization providing educational services beyond the classroom.
Co-winner (with Malcolm Cecil), of the 1974 Best Engineered Album Non Classical Grammy for Stevie Wonder's Innervisions, Robert Margouleff has worked with such major artists as: Devo, David Sanborn, The Isley Brothers, Billy Preston, Depeche Mode, Jeff Beck, The Doobie Brothers, Quincy Jones and of course, Stevie Wonder. Marglouleff’s collaboration with Wonder includes Music of My Mind, Talking Book and Fulfillingness. For over a dozen years, Margouleff’s Hollywood-based Mi Casa Multimedia Studios has been a leader in surround audio for home theater, providing 5.1 and 7.1 mixing and mastering for hundreds of major DVD and Blu-ray releases and restorations. Recent credits include: The restoration and 7.1 mix of The Sound Of Music, Six of the James Bond films, Hellboy, Rush Hour and the complete Lord Of The Rings cycle.