Miloco Builds completes Dock Street Studio B

Miloco Builds completes Dock Street Studio B

Having refitted the original studio space in 2015 producer and artist Shoto Radcliffe once again turned to the Miloco Builds team for the next phase of his studio expansion.

Dock st PH Control

Originally intended as a second live room the project evolved once it became clear how much additional space could be made available. Given Sholto’s workflow it was decided that a second control room could also be achieved and the complexities of the existing pillars yielded a really interesting scheme . The result is a great sounding live room , with booth and a good sized control room with superb ATC monitoring . Every now and again you design a room that you would love to own yourself and this is one of these.

The Construction

dock st pre construction
It’s often tricky seeing a space for the first time and visualizing how to use the space. Dock St was no exception with pillars, pipework, and existing services all to bring together.

Dock st construction image 1
With the fully floated floor in place attention is turned to the setting out and stud work. In order to maximize height this was engineered using 75mm studs to achieve the biggest rooms possible.

Dock st construction image 2
Room framing complete – next comes the all important rockwool.

Dock st construction image 3
We always line our studios with Ply to facilitate fixings both by us and the client at a later date.

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No we didn’t miss a bit. We made an allowance for there to be a window in the future. We prefer to tape and joint rather than plaster to ensure all gaps are carefully filled to ensure maximum isolation.

Dock Street Studio - View 1
Initial render of the control room space . The front arches were later replaced with sections lit from the bottom. The doors were all manufactured by a german manufacturer with bespoke glass specified by Miloco.

Dock Street Studio - View 2
Initial render of live room space with RPG felt ceiling panels, absorbers and Miloco custom made oak faced binary diffusers also by RPG.

Dock Street treatment
Concept design showing acoustic treatment and the final floorplan.


dock st workstation render
The bespoke workstation was designed for the engineer to be in the listening position when adjusting critical Eqs, ie we not reaching down underneath the desk.

Equipment

As always, Miloco Gear were on hand to provide some equipment for the studio. Sholto went for an Avid HDX system with HD IO interface, running on a band new Mac Pro housed in a Sonnet chassis, a superb bit of kit that ca house the computer, PCIe cards and hard drives while providing USB and Thunderbolt connectivity for any peripherals, thus eliminating the thunderbolt spaghetti often required for pro setups with the latest Macs. In terms of outboard, he ordered a pair of Universal Audio 1176 compressors and an API 512C mic pre, which compliments the original 1962 EMI valve mic amps he already owned perfectly. Monitoring comes from ATC, and there’s a superb selection of instruments including Fender Start guitars, a Dave Smith Prophet ’08 synthesiser, and a Ludwig Hollywood drum kit.

 

Posted on 25th July 2017 by Jake Young