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WSDG Helps Design Firehouse 12 Venue

Unique combination of live performance venue and professional recording studio (April 28, 2005)

Firehouse 12 Master Control Room photo by Robert Wolsch Designs (click picture for larger image)

Firehouse 12 Master Control Room
photo by Robert Wolsch Designs
(click picture for larger image)

Firehouse 12, brings a unique combination of live performance venue and professional recording studio to New Havens thriving Ninth Square club scene. A long-time goal of musician/producer/engineer Nick Lloyd, this intimate club/studio represents a meaningful option for performers and recording artists. Proximity to one of the hippest new enclaves on the East Coast music landscape lends an inimitable dollop of cool to the atmosphere.

?Ive known this building since my days as a music major at Yale, Lloyd says. ?It has all the prerequisites for a successful club, and developing its live recording potential dramatically increases our prospects. Architect/acoustician John Storyks world-class reputation immediately establishes a high level of credibility for our recording chops. Hes come up with some terrific design ideas, including an amazingly effective custom curved, 3-dimensional plywood membrane absorber for the live room ceiling. The specially-designed window-like glass doors he recommended provide perfect sight-lines between the iso booths, live and control rooms.

?John also interfaced extremely well with GOA, the local architectural team that worked with us on the building restoration, club and residential quarters upstairs. Were very optimistic about the impact we can have on the local and hopefully wider recording scene.

Geared to a rock, blues, R&B, jazz and contemporary classical music audience, Firehouse 12 plans to establish itself as the performance space in New Haven for adventurous music. The intimate 1200 sq. ft. Live Room is designed to envelop 80 + audience members within Connecticuts only six-channel surround sound environment. The club has been outfitted with a complete professional recording studio. Gear includes: a vintage API Legacy 48 input console, Studer A827 2 tape deck, 48 channel Pro Tools HD3/Accel system, Nexo PS 15/PS 10 speakers with Camco amplification, and a collection of Neumann, DPA, Soundfield, Royer, BLUE, AEA, AKG, Shore and a collection of vintage mics and outboard equipment.

?With 18 ft. high ceilings and solid construction dating back to 1904, this building has earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places, John Storyk said. ?We immediately recognized its terrific inherent acoustics. The idea of helping Nick Lloyd create a club with a Knitting Factory or 930 Club (also acoustically fine-tuned by WSDG) level of influence was an interesting challenge.

?The music industry may be poised for a resurgence of live recording, and this club is positioned as a real alternative to the sampling, and desktop recording trends that have impacted so dramatically on the studio scene in recent years, Storyk adds. ?Nick Lloyds Firehouse 12 provides a lively and extremely cost-effective opportunity for recording artists to draw inspiration from their audience. It will be very interesting to hear the music that develops here.

Firehouse 12 ( is located at 47 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06510 (203) 785 0468

About The Walters-Storyk Design Group
The Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 1800 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and South America. Their credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studios in New York to recording facilities for Whitney Houston, Bob Marley, Hollywood film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Latin singer Fito Paez and Paul Winter. Corporate clients include Hoffman La Roche, The Food Network, Interlochen Public Radio, CBS and New York Citys WNET. Most recently, WSGD has completed the design for Woodstocks new multi-million dollar Allaire Studios as well as facilities for Timbalands Tim Mosley, Tracy Chapman and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a five-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in New York, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil and San Francisco.

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