Kaiser Comm Construction partners with Smart Studio to bring the Module Studio system to the US – Under the Line
Kaiser Comm Constructionspecializing in the construction of recording studios, has partnered with the British company smart studio to introduce its unique modular studio system in the United States under the name Smart Studio United States.
Smart Studio uses innovative modular design and off-site construction to dramatically reduce the time and cost of building recording studios while providing exceptionally high quality acoustic environments.
In their first joint project, Kaiser Comm Construction built three Smart Studios in Los Angeles to SIDE, a leading voice production provider; recording, editing and mixing; location; and performance capture services for video games such as Valorant (Riot Games), cyberpunk (CD Project) and God of the war (Sony Interactive).
Kaiser Comm Construction Kevin Kaiser was introduced to Smart Studio through a client in the UK, where Smart Studio has built over a dozen modular studios for music recording, video game sound and video post-production. entertainment.
“I thought it was a brilliant idea,” Kaiser said in a statement. “Because the studio components are prefabricated, construction time is cut in half and costs are cut in half or more. And yet, it’s a real studio, not a portable booth. Acoustically, it’s as solid as a bespoke studio and suitable for all types of professional use.
The Smart Studio concept was developed over a period of more than a decade by the acoustician Jim Dunne. Modular components for studio floors, ceilings, and walls are precision-engineered off-site and incorporate state-of-the-art materials to optimize sound isolation, room acoustics, and ultra-low background noise. On-site assembly usually only takes a few days or weeks.
Standard Smart Studio features include:
- Wall modules loaded with Ultra-High Density Damped Membrane Insulation Panels (DMIP), ranging in density from 1,600 kg/m3 to 2,400 kg/m3.
- Insulated floors, built on a series of ISO80 insulation pads, form the basis on which the modular Smart Studio™ system is installed. Typical floor constructions provide insulation at 15 Hz.
- The ceilings are built from the wall modules and independent of the existing structural elements. Using specially designed ISOiBeam, the Smart Studio ceiling offers high levels of sound insulation as well as a deep void/chamber for effective bass absorption down to 63Hz and below.
- Studios can be built in sizes up to 570 square feet and in a range of configurations to suit individual space requirements and applications, including live rooms, control rooms, post-production mixing, music production and game audio. The acoustics can be tailored to meet virtually any technical requirement, including Dolby Atmos sound production and mixing.
The three smart studios built by Kaiser Comm Construction for SIDE’s Los Angeles facilities complement a trio of existing recording studios, custom-built by Kaiser Comm Construction in 2016.
“Smart Studio allowed us to grow quickly and at a fraction of the cost of building studios from scratch,” Olivier Deslandes said in a statement. Deslandes is the senior vice president of audio and voice technology at SIDE, which sought to increase sound production capacity without sacrificing quality. “Smart Studios took much less time to build than expected and eliminated the need for an architect,” he added.
Senior Technical Director SIDE Anthony Hales noted that before moving forward with the project, they performed extensive testing on an existing Smart Studio setup to ensure it met their audio requirements.
“It was amazing. The sound quality was better than [in] bespoke studios. It was absolutely fantastic,” he said in a statement.
“Our work is almost exclusively voice recording and we have very high quality standards,” added Deslandes. “Our customers want very low noise flow and very low reverberation. We need a tightly controlled acoustically very clean recording environment with no electrical artifacts.
Given its unique combination of low cost, fast construction and exceptional quality, Smart Studio is suitable for many applications.
“It’s a perfect solution for post-production, vocal recording, music production, and many other types of sound work,” Kaiser explained. “Smart Studio provides facilities in the recording, broadcast and post-production industries with an exceptional acoustic environment to perform critical audio work quickly and cost-effectively.”