Over a period of nearly twenty years, FAMA Studio owner/Executive Producer, Luis Betances built a track record of hits in Santa Dominican musical genres ranging from pop to rock to jazz and traditional Latin. By 2016 however, he had outgrown his original space and acquired a three storey luxury home in Santo Domingo’s upscale Colonial District in which he intended to build his new studio. WSDG Latin was retained for an acoustic and aesthetic studio design to create a dream studio that would meet his growing production needs.
Studio A on the first floor has spacious Control and Live Rooms, an ISO Booth, Sound Lock and a charming outdoor patio for client breaks. The second floor offers two additional control rooms (B & C), a shared Live Room, ISO booth and CMR. The third floor is dedicated to a large apartment-like living room/kitchen/dining room client lounge with panoramic view, and an expansive terrace with a shallow ‘ornamental’ pool.
WSDG Partner/Art Director Silvia Molho devised an inspired color and lighting scheme for the FAMA complex. Control Room A is distinguished by handsome perforated wood wall and ceiling treatments, a Rupert Neve 5088 console, ADAM S5V stereo monitoring, an arsenal of outboard gear and views into the Live Room. Two Soundlocks, one offering a unique custom-designed acoustic wooden wall, and a delightful patio complete the 1st floor configuration. On the second floor, Control Room B is outfitted with a SSL Duality Console, ADAM and Focal speakers for 5.1 feature film audio mixing. The compact CR C, AVID-based project studio is equipped with Neumann Speakers and a Neve 8816 summing mixer. Both CR’s share the 2nd floor Live Room, which is graced by graduating, multi-color custom ‘ribbed’ acoustic wall and ceiling treatments created by Ms. Molho. A bold wooden staircase leads to the surprising third floor lounge. “Luis understood the importance of complimenting flawless acoustics with an inspirational aesthetic environment to stimulate clients’ composing and performing creativity,” Ms. Molho says. To accomplish that goal she developed a vibrant color palette of tropical greens and sky & sea blues, She also suggested a ‘tunable’ LED lighting scheme be installed at key ceiling and floor points to provide colorful mood enhancements. WSDG engineer David Molho acoustically tuned all recording and production rooms.
Photography by FAMA Studios