According to Talking House president/producer, John Paulsen,
the studio will be used for film and television scoring, writing and producing
original ad music, and developing artists music.
"The bottom line of our philosophy is 'content is king,'"
says Paulsen. "Our goal is to be the highest-quality content creation and
production house. Whether we're scoring or working with local artists to
develop meaningful long-term career potential, everything we release has to
meet the highest standard, no compromises. We need to be free to act on
inspiration and creativity, without constraints. That's why we need such a
The new facility features a classic SSL 9000K console
originally owned by The Hit Factory in New York City, and two identical Digidesign
WSDG architect/acoustician John Storyk notes that while the
building had a solid structure, high dealings and an open floor plan, there
were still a number of challenges in creating the facility.
"In addition to a technically advanced professional
recording studio, we were devoting almost half the 8,700 square feet space to
offices, a combination art gallery/tracking room, and other purposes."
Storyk's studio design took advantage of the building's
height and open structure to introduce a ten foot, clearstory skylight to the
live room. "We try to access
daylight whenever possible. The
skylight not only brightens the room, it promotes creativity. We also
negotiated a clear line of sight between the three control rooms, all four iso
booths and the live room. Light, space and eye contact were meaningful to
everyone at Talking House. Communication is an integral element of this
company. Obviously this amount of glass can present some challenging
'reflective sound' issues. But, after designing almost 2000 studios around the
world, we've developed effective methods for resolving acoustic problems. We stipulated that all the rooms be
constructed on split concrete slabs, and we used triple wall construction and
sand filled concrete block partitions for between-room isolation."
All three studios are outfitted with 72 channels of Pro
Tools|HD, Genelec 8050As and 1035B mains, soffited in the SSL room, for 5.1
Interior design was handled by Christine Witherspoon of Wilson,
Wyoming-based Gallinger Trayner Design, who had worked with the owners on a
number of other projects. Marin County-based Red Horse Constructors handled the