Western New York
Set on a 300-acre horse farm/vineyard in Upstate New York, World Harmony Studios is a high-end destination studio; geared to accommodate a wide range of theatrical, feature film and music recording projects. Owned by producer/ businessman Samuel Nappi, the 2500 sq. ft. complex integrates cutting-edge technology within an impeccable acoustic footprint. Built into a 3-story, 4500 sq. ft. redwood lodge/guesthouse, the 2500 sq. ft. complex includes a custom-built 700 sq. ft. ‘live/screening room’, a 300 sq. ft. control room; 120 and 220 sq. ft. iso rooms a lounge and a full bore tech support system.
“To take advantage of its pastoral setting, we incorporated as much glass as possible throughout the studio,” WSDG project manager Joshua Morris reports. “We’ve had great success in ‘floating’ main speakers within custom glass walls to improve visibility between control and live rooms. World Harmony is a prime example of this new design development. Our room-tuning specialist, Dave Kotch reports the response times and overall room sound to be as good as any he has ever heard. By deploying custom clear glass low frequency diffractals to the windows at the rear of the control and live rooms we accentuated the views, including the Adirondack Tug Hill plateau.”
World Harmony is outfitted with an SSL AWS924 Hybrid Console; Adams S4X-V mains; AS 2-way active Studio Monitor; ABX Playback and SUB 10-MKII Subwoofer; and an AVID Protools-HD2 ACCEL-PCIE HD Audio Workstation. The outboard gear arsenal includes: TC Electronic System 6000 reverb; Aviom AN16i and 16D-Pro Headphone input and distribution; Neumann, Royer, AKG, Shure, Electro-Voice and Sennheiser mics; Antelope Engineering Isochrone OCX Master Digital Clock; Waves Platinum and SSL TDM bundles, and the Eventide-Anthology II Plug-in Bundle. WSDG system integration specialist Caroline Feldmeier developed the studios’ comprehensive, easily accessed wiring program
“World-class acoustics and technology were a priority,” Mr. Nappi said. “WSDG’s track record was exceptional. Our initial meeting with John Storyk convinced us that he had the skill set to create a unique studio. Our maiden session was a date for The Syracuse Symphony. Everyone, from engineer Stuart White to the musicians was impressed with the studios’ sound, look and functionality. It has surpassed all our expectations.”
“It was clear from the beginning of this assignment that World Harmony will be a very active studio,” John Storyk said. “Sam has a full slate of ambitious and quite meaningful projects on his To Do List. It will be very interesting to see the impact this studio has on the contemporary entertainment scene. We are very pleased to have played a role in its development.”
Photos by Kelly Stremmel.