1 of 5
Take a Virtual Tour of Millennium Tower Boston
Prysm Olympic video wall helps sell space in the luxury Millennium…
 2 of 5
How to Compensate & Incentivize Sales Reps
You don’t want to overpay and undermine your profitability, but…
 3 of 5
Beyond ‘Go Get ‘Em’: Helping New Managers Succeed
Newly promoted managers often encounter unanticipated…
 4 of 5
Green Bay Packers Fans Leap for Lambeau Field Party Zones
The Atrium features brick architecture and glass windows, while…
 5 of 5
How to Maximize Productivity in New Office Spaces
A sophisticated AV system, video conferencing platform and sound…
Berklee’s Cutting Edge International Recording Studio
Berklee College of Music’s first international campus features state-of-the art recording technology and distance-learning capabilities.


Berklee Valencia
This state-of-the-art recording facility is the centerpiece of Berklee College of Music's first international campus, in Valencia, Spain.
February 26, 2013 By Aaron Stern

The Berklee College of Music is renowned for training up-and-coming contemporary musicians. Its alumni include Grammy Award winners such as Quincy Jones, Esperanza Spalding and John Mayer, and members of bands as diverse as Aerosmith, Steely Dan and the Dixie Chicks.

And while the iconic school stands out even among the numerous world-class educational institutions in and around Boston, it is not necessarily known for technological innovation and architectural design expertise.

That may soon change.

The school opened its first international campus in 2011 in Valencia, Spain, and recently added to that facility a world-class recording complex. At the heart of this facility are a 1,600 square-foot scoring stage and studio, a 500 square-foot control room, two ISO overdub booths and an isolated machine room — all tucked neatly into a stunning architectural package built with huge glass windows to maximize the view of its location at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, an outdoor plaza and a major tourist attraction that is home to the city’s architecturally striking opera house.

“What you see from those windows is amazing,” says Jorge Rostoll, the executive director of Berklee Valencia.

High Class Components
The new facility is configured through a central machine room, creating a high-speed level of connectivity between all of the rooms, including the facility’s concert halls. And the whole system is set up to allow joint collaboration between the Valencia and Boston campuses.

“We decided to employ Avid/Euphonix controllers to take advantage of their Eucon protocol that allows seamless migration of projects across the facility, all the way up to the flagship System 5,” Carl Beatty, Berklee chief of staff, said in a press release. The control room in Studio K features the Meyers Acheron 7.1 surround monitoring system, an acknowledged industry standard, and was designed to meet Dolby specifications and readied for the new Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound monitoring protocol.

“The level of detail in the studio is extremely high,” Rostoll says.

Design-Build From Afar
Walters-Storyck Design Group (WSDG), the designer of the new facility, has built studios for the likes of Jay-Z, Celine Dion and Bruce Springsteen. The Berklee Valencia project stacks up to those.

“From a technical standpoint its either identical or even more sophisticated,” says Romina Larregina, the WSDG project manager. “This facility is very sophisticated.”

The biggest challenge for her was quarterbacking the project from the WSDG offices in upstate New York, while working with builders who didn’t speak English and had never done a studio before. Fortunately, Larregina, originally from Argentina, is a native Spanish speaker — and spent almost half of her time during the ten-month project on site.

“The amount of attention to detail that has to be put into the studios, it is huge,” she says. “You have to be very attentive to the details.”

“‘We [selected] every single material, every neoprene joint, every cable, every wire, every connector,” says Rostoll. Still, as is always the case with new facilities, you don’t know how they’ll work until they’re put to the test, a process that Rostoll likened to building a ship in dry dock, then setting it afloat. Fortunately, this ship sailed just fine.

“The day we tested that, it worked perfectly,” Rostoll says.

Work Smarter: Keep Ahead of the Competition

Keep up with the changing A/V world with Commercial Integrator. Each issue makes it easy to understand and apply the latest A/V trends and techniques — whether you deal with UHDTV, wireless AV, Digital Video/IPTV, networking, HDBaseT or HDMI.
It’s not enough to keep up with the competition. You need to stay ahead of them. Subscribe to Commercial Integrator today for the latest techniques and insights you need to drive your business.

View the 5 photos attached to this entry
View photos
About the author

Aaron Stern - Managing Editor
Prior to becoming the managing editor of CI, Aaron was a content editor for TechDecisions. As a reporter he has covered local, national and international news. Follow him on Twitter: @aarondstern.
View all posts by Aaron Stern
Social Bookmark or Share This
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • Google Bookmarks
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
  • Windows Live
  • LinkedIn
  • Evernote
  • E-mail

  • Latest
  • Blogs
  • Photos
  • Resources

Recent comments

Thank you Commercial Integrator magazine for announcing the passing of Denise Harrison to the systems integration…

Posted by jerryg on 2015 10 06 · commented on
'PSNI Marketing Director Denise Harrison Dies'.

when I went to manchester I found out one the best club in Manchester my friend took me an amazing club called…

Posted by nightclub Manchester on 2015 10 06 · commented on
'Inside the 100 Hottest Bars and Nightclubs of 2015'.

Thanks for letting us know! We’ve added the link to the article. Or just click here:

Posted by Chelsea Cafiero on 2015 10 02 · commented on
'How to Compensate & Incentivize Sales Reps'.

The article mentions “Here’s an Onboarding Worksheet to help you get started.” but the link…

Posted by BC on 2015 10 02 · commented on
'How to Compensate & Incentivize Sales Reps'.