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“I was there yesterday – HOLY CRAP, John! This is the middle of the 9th ward – studios like this don’t exist here – or anywhere in New Orleans, for that matter! It will take me a lonnnng time to be able to express my gratitude to you… You have changed the lives of many, many people, John… you are a hero… love h”
Harry Connick Jr., Singer, Read more
“Former Penny Lane owner and senior mixer Bobby Sorrentino will make his new home at audioEngine|NYC… Bobby will occupy the John Storyk-designed Studio F at 817 Broadway as his primary studio. “All of our mixers can work any room, but we need to house one of Penny Lane’s FairLight systems in order to support legacy clients and studio F was the best fit for that” says Giammarco.”
Bob Giammarco, CEO, aE|Media, audioEngine|NYC’s parent company
“John, Josh,The workflow in the studio is truly amazing. I’ve spent many hours now in the control room and have found it to be perfectly suited for making records and as a critical listening environment for research. Thanks to both of you for the hard work”
Jim Odom, Founder, PreSonus
“Thanks so much, Josh. This is fantastic. Allow me to say what a pleasure it has been working with you and everyone at WSDG. I really can’t describe how happy I am with the studio and I feel very lucky to call it my own.”
Adam Young, Owner, Producer, musician, & singer-songwriter, Owl City Studio
“…Partly the vibe, the team and the cafe/music shop downstairs is an amazing asset. Not many places you can ask for a digi whammy pedal at 10:30pm and get one in 5 minutes…”
Paul Epworth (right), Owner and founder (left: Jon, Owner of Lakehouse Studio), The Church Studios - Producing Lorde at Lakehouse Studio
“I don’t often do live mixing and usually it is for clients who’s records I have recorded. So it was a treat to mix at Fenix, a new supper club in San Rafael, CA., for Pamela Rose and her Wild Women of Song show. I have worked in several Walters-Storyk recording spaces but never in a club they designed. It was a pleasure mixing there. I have never heard a small room sound so good. Very intimate and hardly anything coming off the stage. I could mix at a good listening level and I know the audience felt they were in someone’s living room. Bravo!”
Leslie Ann Jones, Record Producer and Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Read more about Leslie
“I am very, very fond of John–to me, he’s family. I’ll never forget him because as a young man stepping into all of this, he would always pick up the phone or be willing to come down and talk to me about things—his guidance has been extremely important. Now we talk all the time.”
Lee Foster, Studio Manager, Electric Lady Studios
“We made all the right choices–design wise, studio-wise, console wise. Alicia knows its a good room and doesn’t take it for granted. She’s very appreciative. We set the tone for a new wave of studios we built what everyone else wants. I think we created a trend and made people believe that it could be done.”
Ann Mincieli, Alicia Keys' Engineer, The Oven Studios
“We’re really proud of our studio. It is a state-of-the-art facility. It’s about as good as you’re going to get as far as sound quality, facilities and amenities. I’ve worked in many wonderful studios, and they’ve all got their unique souls. John Storyk brought an extremely comfortable and great-sounding vibe to our new studio. Our studio looks, sounds and feels as good as the best rooms I’ve worked in, and I’ve seen a few.”
Dave Fortman, Producer, Balance Studios
“We love everything about our new building but our WSDG-designed recording studio and live room are special,” says PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “We now have first-class audio production, R&D, and testing facilities that sound great yet are inaudible from the outside so everyone is happy. WSDG worked hard to make these rooms truly excellent, and we’re delighted!”
Jim Mack, CEO, PreSonus
“We knew we were going to need a well-respected acoustic design firm to help us get the sound of the studios and recording spaces correct,” says KEXP Chief Engineer Jamie Alls. “WSDG really impressed us with their portfolio, their willingness to be creative to maximize our dollars, and their enthusiasm for the project.”
Jamie Alls, Chief Engineer, KEXP
“Thank you everyone for making this all possible. I had a few cohorts come over and we all agree the room sounds excellent. Too soon to entirely tell how my new mixes translate but from what I have done thus far the results sound very nice. John would love you to come down any time. Would be an honor. Many thanks to Romina, Felipe and of course John G for all your excellent work. It’s been a pleasure.”
Ernie Albert, Owner & Mixing Engineer, ERX Production
“John, Certainly hope you will be at the big opening event Wednesday afternoon at Berklee. We have been over there several times since it opened from basement to top. Don’t know if you have been in the cafeteria/performance space since it opened, but acoustics are amazingly good. Music in the space is special. And even when it is absolutely full, you can hear your lunch companion easily. You have hit a home run with that space. Look forward to seeing you and thank you for making the building such a success.”
William L. Rawn, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
“In 2005 when Shaul Dover and his son Edan opened Sweatshop Studios in semi-rural, Katanah, NY they knew the Walters-Storyk Design Group had created a great looking and, a great sounding room for them. In the face of a shrinking music industry and roller coaster economy, Sweatshop has prospered. And, the studio has drawn an interesting pro clientele. Case in point, “Last night,” Dover reports, “We had an amazing trumpet session with jazz great (and former Blood Sweat & Tears trumpeter) Lew Soloff and David Letterman Band leader Paul Shaffer. Lew’s comment on Sweatshop was “The best room sound in its category that I ever recorded.” When a cat like Lew say it, that’s a great compliment and a confirmation of the expertise of WSDG studio designer John Storyk.”
Edan & Shaul Dover, SweatShop Studios
“When the room was originally built in 2010, it centered around the producer’s production needs. We had a huge rack in the middle of the room that we used as a production desk. Today’s producers are less reliant on actual instruments and equipment; they’ve embraced software-based production. We decided to free up the back of the room and shift the racks to the side. We saw this build out as an opportunity to enhance the overall sound, look and vibe of the room. The WSDG team came up with a great redesign concept that performs exactly the way we hoped it would. Q1’s always been one of NYC’s loudest rooms,” Hosn says, “but now it’s super-powered loud!”
Alessio Casalini & Ricky Hosn, Co-owner, Quad Studios
“Beth knows her “stuff”, she’s really a great interior design artist, creative and practical at the same time. Just love her. All the best. Service Category: studio interior design Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert”
Gary Platt, General Manager, Fenix Club
“We could not be more pleased with the vastly improved appearance and functionality of our redesigned control room,…Tim Martyn and Shawn Murphy coordinated a remarkable team effort. Our new WSDG room is a success on every level. Our listeners and fans will clearly benefit as much as our technical staff from this new facility.”
“Skype was a critical tool in our collaboration with John and WSDG Project Supervisor, Joshua Morris,” says Merl Saunders Jr., General Manager of San Rafael, CA’s Fenix Club. “We regularly walked them through the site with live iPad video to review the construction progress. Their input on everything from Control Room design to HVAC ductwork was invaluable. They participated in every facet of the acoustic design of this project including gear and console selection review.”
Merl Saunders Jr., General Manager, Fenix Club
“I’d recorded in WSDG-designed studios, and knew if I ever had the opportunity to build my own, that John Storyk would be my first choice designer,” says, Jon Leidersdorff, founder of Asbury Park, NJ’s Lakehouse Recording Studios/Music Collective Complex. “When John and WSDG Project Manager Matt Ballos came down for their initial site visit they clearly had their work cut out for them, but they came up with amazing ideas.”
Jon Leidersdorff, Founder, Asbury Park, NJ's Lakehouse Recording Studios/Music Collective Complex
“The recording studios and production suites at Berklee Valencia are simply sublime,” said Composer/Visiting Professor, Laura Karpman. “In the studios I was able to compose, record, and mix a film for Sony/Lifetime with a very fast turnaround. The results were fabulous. It was a pleasure to make music there.”
Laura Karpman, Composer/Visiting Professor, Berklee College of Music, Valencia, Spain
“The room acoustical quality of the Concert Hall is on par with other world-class halls, so the main objective for the new sound reinforcement system was that we achieve the same high quality level in electroacoustical concerts as we do in classical events.”
Dr. Dominik Isler, COO, KKL Luzern Concert Hall
“My clients were very happy with the quality of the various rooms I worked out of,” says Vault Mastering Studios owner, Nathan James. “But, for several years early in my career I assisted Scott Hull at the WSDG-designed, Classic Sound in NY. I always dreamed of having my own WSDG Room. Our move to Phoenix was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. My conversations with John convinced me it was doable, both financially and physically. The new studio meets every one of my specific requirements, and when you walk in, it’s got that WSDG wow factor.”
Nathan James, Owner, Vault Mastering Studios
“Romina, I have to say it is refreshing to work with someone who responds quickly and in detail, not to mention your drawings in general are VERY good. Thank You”
Duane Olson, Superintendent, Balch Enterprises, INC.
“After 7 years, lot’s of sessions, thousands of hours inside the studio, hundreds of mastered songs, gold and platinum awards, we have come to the conclusion that our best piece of gear and asset is Control Room A acoustics. The WSDG team formed by John Storyk (USA), Renato Cipriano (Brasil) and Sergio Molho (Argentina) did a truly amazing job building and tuning our mastering suite. Everyday, we have the huge responsibility of delivering songs and albums that are going to be played thousands of times in thousands of different environments. Our Mastering Suite in Room A, provide us with the necessary confidence to work knowing that we can deliver to our clients mastered projects which translate perfectly well and everyone will be able to enjoy and listen to anywhere! Thanks WSDG for giving us our most valuable tool in the studio!”
“…Thank you John. Every day I am grateful for my decision to work with you and the entire WSDG team. I have grown to appreciate your expertise, generosity and just about everything else that went into the planning and construction of our studio…”
Cynthis Daniels, Grammy/Emmy Award-Winning Recording Engineer / Producer, MonkMusic Studio
“The first session in a new room is a little like the first race on a new track. You don’t know the curves, the grip of the pavement, or how good the pit crew will be. I’m happy to say that WSDG’s new room at Berklee Valencia felt like a home course after one hour of our first orchestral scoring date. We were able to move as quickly as all film dates demand. It’s all there in one compact and brilliantly designed environment, and as with all great studios, the room itself performs like a finely tuned machine. I am certain this will lead to a long and winning relationship for music production and education.”
Andy Hill, Program Director, Scoring for Firm, Television & Video Games, Berklee College of Music, Valencia, Spain
“I have never worked in such a well sounding environment. The control room is perfect for both film and music productions. I feel very comfortable recording or mixing any kind of project here. Apart from the aesthetics and incredible vibe that the studio offers, it also, and most importantly, sounds amazing. The balance of the room is exceptional and therefore it is a pleasure to work with room mics. All of the musicians here at Berklee are amazed with how beautiful this space feels and sounds.”
Pablo Sculler, Senior Engineer, Berklee College of Music, Valencia, Spain
“[WSDG] really spent time to understand who our clients were, what type of work we did and our existing space to maximize the real estate in the room. We wanted to be able to do corporate work and switch from audio post, to voiceover, to music recording. All within the same day. The room versatility and layout does lend itself extremely well to these different situations.”
Margherita Petti Krug, General Manager, Cotton Hill Studios
“On behalf on the entire Jungle City team, thank you for all you did to make JCS a reality. The quality of your design was only surpassed by your assistance in coordinating the outstanding build out by Chris and his team.”
Bob Baccigalupi, Co-Owner, Jungle City Studios
“I just did a session recently at Jungle City Studios (Euphonix Room) and was blown away how good it sounded! I always bring my own near-fields to my sessions, and they never sounded better as did the Augspurgers, honestly. Superb imaging, with amazing detail. When I cranked some of my mixes I was in heaven! I was hearing only the music, and not the room! WSDG and Ann Mincieli have done it again!”
Stuart White, Engineer, Jungle City Studios
“The SSL control room is really solid: you just get a feeling of solidity about the room and the way it is. The visibility of the sliver room is fantastic because you can see everything…it worked really well. Really first class place I think.”
John Leckie, Producer, Allaire Studios
“John Storyk’s reputation for world-class studio architectural assured us that our facility would meet the highest technical and aesthetic standards” said Bohunicky. “The suites are outfitted with all the latest technology, and the design has been meticulously fine-tuned to enable us to serve the ever-changing technology needs of the media marketplace.”
Marty Bohunicky, Working Pictures
“WSDG is without doubt our default preference for all things sound related.”
Stephen Bellairs, Senior Associate, Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd
“After considerable research, I pared [the decision] down to John Storyk…John visited us three times over the course of the project: once before we got started to take basic measurements, once when the walls of the white box room were up but not yet sealed for an onsite progress inspection, and finally when the project was completed and the equipment installed to measure the results. Everything else was handled by Fed-Ex, e-mail or digital camera. I am thrilled with the results.”
Alan M. May, Audiophile, Alen May Home Theater
“…we decided to move our 25-year-old NJ-based mastering operation to NYC to be more convenient to our clients,” explains “We brought John Storyk and the Walters-Storyk Design Group in to consult on the design and acoustics and were delighted with the results.”
Adrianna Rowatti, Co-founder, Trutone Mastering
“I built the house up here in 1995 and included a small Pro Tools studio for my own work. I found the secluded atmosphere extremely conducive to creativity, as did visiting artists. When I was ready to build a full-service studio, John Storyk was the only architect I considered.”
Bennett Chandler, Owner, Studio Metronome
“In the studio, it does not matter how much your console, preamp or digital workstation cost. No investment compares to a good sounding room; and with a design from WSDG we always achieve great results.”
Andre Rafael, Owner, AR Studios
“Storyk is one of the two or three companies in this town that can build rooms. I’ve known John for a long time, so it was an easy decision–it’s a really good room.”
Peter Fisher, NYC Audio for Video Composer, WNET
“Walters-Storyk Design Group did a phenomenal job in providing variable acoustics in our recording room. They did a fantastic job of creating even more room for recording by re-purposing and reclaiming storage space. Visually, the room makes a strong impact so people want to work and record in there.”
Mary Simoni, Music Technology Department Chair, University of Michigan
“The sound of the studio is awesome and when you walk out of the studio into the hallway you cannot hear a sound! My hat is off to WSDG for a great design.”
Jack Chester, Director of Facilities, Art Institute of Washington
“I can say that I feel treated not merely as a client, but as a friend, helped by professionals that have a soul.”
Stefano Amerio, Grammy Nominated Engineer, Mach2

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