Game sound specialist SIDE, Los Angeles, adds three Smart Studio systems, which dramatically lower the cost of state-of-the-art recording studio construction.

Los Angeles, Calif— Kaiser Comm Construction, a specialist in recording studio construction, has partnered with UK-based Smart Studio to introduce its unique modular studio system to the United States under the name Smart Studio™ USA. Smart Studio employs an innovative modular design and off-site construction to significantly reduce the time and cost of building recording studios, while providing acoustic environments of exceptional quality.

In their first joint project, Kaiser Comm Construction built three Smart Studios for SIDE, Los Angeles, a premiere provider of voice production; recording, editing and mixing; localization; and performance capture services for video games such as Valorant (Riot Games), Cyberpunk (CD Projekt) and God Of War (Sony Interactive).

Kaiser Comm Construction’s Kevin Kaiser was introduced to Smart Studio through a client in the UK, where Smart Studio has built more than a dozen modular studios for music recording, video game sound and entertainment post production. “I thought it was a brilliant idea,” says Kaiser. “Because the components of the studio are pre-manufactured, construction time is reduced by half and costs by half, or more. And yet, it’s a real studio, not a portable booth. Acoustically it is as sound as a custom-built studio and suitable for all types of professional use.”

(l to r) SIDE Senior Technical Director Anthony Hales, Kaiser Comm Construction principal Kevin Kaiser, SIDE Senior Vice President Audio & Speech Technology Olivier Deslandes

The Smart Studio concept was developed over a period of more than a decade by acoustician Jim Dunne. Modular components for studio floors, ceilings and walls are precision manufactured offsite and incorporate state-of-the-art materials to optimize sound insulation, room acoustics and ultra-low background noise. Onsite assembly typically takes just days or weeks.

Standard Smart Studio™ features include:

  • Wall modules loaded with ultra-high density Damped Membrane Insulation Panels (DMIPs), ranging in density from 1,600Kg/m3 to 2,400Kg/m3.
  • Isolated floors, constructed on a series of ISO80 isolation pads, provide the base upon which the modular Smart Studio™ system is installed. Typical floor build-ups provide for isolation to 15Hz.
  • Ceilings are built off the wall-modules and independent of existing structural elements. Using specially designed ISOiBeam, the Smart Studio™ ceiling provides for high levels of sound insulation plus a deep void/chamber for effective bass absorption to 63Hz and below.

Studios can be built in sizes up to 570 square feet and in a range of configurations to suit individual spatial requirements and applications including live rooms, control rooms, post-production mixing, music production and game audio. Acoustics can be adapted to support virtually any technical requirements including Dolby Atmos sound production and mixing.

The three Smart Studios that Kaiser Comm Construction built for SIDE’s Los Angeles facility complement a trio of existing recording studios, custom built by Kaiser Comm Construction in 2016. SIDE Senior Vice President Audio & Speech Technology Olivier Deslandes says the company needed to add sound production capacity without sacrificing quality.  “Smart Studio allowed us to expand quickly and at a fraction of the cost of building studios from scratch,” Deslandes recalls. “The Smart Studios took much less time to build than we expected and eliminated the need for an architect.”

SIDE Senior Technical Director Anthony Hales notes that, prior to moving forward with the project, they conducted exhaustive tests on an existing Smart Studio installation to ensure it met their audio requirements. “It was incredible,” he says. “The sound quality was better than custom-built studios. It was absolutely fantastic.”

“Our work is almost exclusively voice recording and we have very high requirements for quality,” adds Deslandes. “Our clients want very low noise flow and very low reverb. We need a recording environment that is tightly controlled in terms of acoustics and very clean with no electrical artifacts.”

Given its unique combination of low cost, fast construction and exceptional quality, Smart Studio makes sense for a lot of applications. “It’s a perfect solution for post-production, voice recording, music production and many other types of sound work,” says Kaiser. “Smart Studio provides facilities in the recording, broadcasting and post-production industries with an exceptional acoustic environment to complete critical audio work in a timely and cost-effective manner.”

About Kaiser Comm Construction

Kaiser Comm Construction Inc. is a general contracting firm specializing in recording studio, commercial and residential building. It tackles projects ranging from simple home remodel to complex studios and large-scale commercial structures. It adheres to the highest quality building standards and employs the most experienced, licensed trades people to fulfill its commitment to excellence in every project. For more information, call (661) 245-3105.

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