The main rooms at London’s Sphere Studios complex have been refurbished by studio design specialist Munro Acoustics, which worked on the original studio development more than a decade ago.
The new project saw Munro respond to a number of ergonomic issues to have arisen during Sphere’s first ten years of life. As studio director Frank Cameli related, “these were mainly based around the fact that the original furniture was so big, it took up most of the room and divided it into two, front to rear, leaving the client a little isolated at the back of the room. The colours, which at the time were picked to be neutral, were actually in my opinion a little too neutral and did not make the rooms look and feel as special as I would have liked.”
Consequently, Cameli devised a new look and initiated a programme of work that has left the rooms feeling “spacious” and “much more suited” to differing client needs. New technical furniture was designed and installed by Munro, which also replaced the floor finishes.
Sphere offers three control rooms dedicated to track laying, stereo mixing and 5.1 surround mixing, all with full sound-to-picture facilities. The complex also encompasses seven production rooms available for rent by artists, composers and producers. Each of these spaces is fully networked to the main studio via a central machine room.
As Jim Evans relates in his article on the Sphere refit contained in the current issue of PSNE (Digital Edition accessible here), Sphere has also recently invested in a host of new equipment, including smaller equipment racks for Studio One and an SSL 4000G+ console for Studio Two. An extensive complement of Prism Sound converters, meanwhile, comprises ten ADA-8XRs – six in Studio One and four in Studio Two.