Berklee College of Music - 160 Mass Ave.
Boston, MA (USA)
In December, 2011, construction began on 160 Massachusetts Avenue, the Berklee College of Music. A 16-story, $100 million structure, and the first ground-up building in the school’s 66-year history, the 155,000 square-foot tower represents a significant expansion program for Berklee. The building will house eight WSDG recording studios and a live room scaled to host a 60-piece orchestra. Scheduled for completion for the fall 2013 semester, the complex encompasses technical suites, classrooms, a film dubbing theater and, a unique, three-story 4000 square foot, 400 seat, dual purpose, auditorium/ dining hall with a dramatic two-story glass wall facing Massachusetts Avenue.
Berklee’s 160 Mass. (22,000 sq. ft.) studio complex (one of the largest educational studio facilities built in the U.S. this year), will feature a massive battery of production, post-production and recording technology. Each of the four Production Control Suites is equipped with Genelec 727A Speakers, MOTU MIDI Express 128, TC Electronics 6000 Remote CPUs, Ephonix MC Control, Akai MPK-61, Crown D75 Cu Amplifiers and a comprehensive collection of outboard gear and software programs. Tec Lab features include: Edirol UM-ONE, Euphonix MC Mix, Dangerous Music ST/ST Dynaudio AIR 15. The Central Machine Room incorporates a Dub Stage Digital Console Computer DF66; a Dub Stage Analog I/O AM713/MA703 console; a Dub Stage Console Sonic Wall Router and a host of high-end technology. The Mastering/Critical Listening Lab is outfitted with Euphonix MC Control, ATC SMC 150 ASL, Lipinski 707 Speakers, JL Audio Subwoofer F113 and Manley Mastering Backbone. The full technology complement will not be completely resolved until the complex is closer to completion.
WSDG has a long-standing relationship with Berklee. John Storyk developed the school’s signature studio design course. He is also a visiting professor, and lectures frequently to their music production and engineering students. This on-going connectivity with both faculty and students, played a significant role in the design program for 160 Mass. T he most advanced predictive acoustic modeling software was engaged in the initial development stage, and the latest acoustical and technical innovations have been incorporated in every facet of the design to insure the highest degree of future-proofing for these studios and teaching labs.