Welcome to my blog part 4, about building a world class studio complex on a Spanish island in the Mediterranean. Palma Music Studios has six studios and a recording room of a total of three floors, in the heart of Palma in Mallorca. This is a blog by me, Fredrik Thomander, where I tell about the studio construction and my tips and experiences. Much pleasure! (Read in English here)
The recording room
The ceiling height in the recording room is almost eight meters high and has several smaller separate singing and recording booths. There is a grand piano, drums and lots of different microphones to choose from. There is also a balcony overlooking the recording room, with entrance from the second floor.
The ceiling and the balcony in the recording room.
The balcony is mostly used as a grandstand for concerts in the studio and sometimes we place ambience microphones here, as an alternative to our DPA 2006 ceiling microphones. Below is the recording room. We have speakers under the balcony, so we can play recorded instruments and use the room as a reverb when we mix. Due to the height of the recording room, we realized that we had an unused area above the guitar amplifier room. It became storage space for drums and other things.
Below is the balcony and ceiling of the recording room, before it was painted and given acoustic treatment. You can also see one of the skylights. We will put pretend windows on the facade for the building to blend into the neighborhood.
The upper part of the recording room before interior walls and acoustic treatment.
The recording room from the balcony. To the left of the picture is an unused area above the guitar amplifier room, as storage space for, among other things, drums.
Sångbåset – a room that is large enough to be in place with a small drum set or a large bass amplifier if needed. The song booth has a window where you look into the main recording studio, “Quincy”.
The song booth.
The main recording studio Quincy.
A large recording room should have character but it must be checked to have an even room character. The last detail we build is a seven meter high acoustic structure next to the stone wall. Each drawer has fabric-coated insulation inside and a thin wooden cover. Every other box has a fixed lid and acts as a drum and captures certain frequencies. The other boxes have holes, which means that bass frequencies can enter and be absorbed by the insulation. All to get the best possible sound according to Nick Whitaker’s acoustic calculations. The design is inspired by EastWest studios in Los Angeles. Finally, the entire construction will be painted.
A seven meter high acoustic structure next to the stone wall. Each drawer has fabric-coated insulation inside and a thin wooden cover.
The studio logo, in plastered steel with LED lights inside, is installed in the reception and on the wall in the recording room. We have chosen a green-blue color, which is similar to the sea but for Mallorca, as the standard color, but it can be changed according to mood.
Studio logo, in plastered steel with LED lights inside.
The recording room when hanging the lights on the ceiling. There you also see the logo on the wall finished.
The recording room when hanging the lights on the ceiling.
This wooden wall with studio name and logo in the reception is the first thing you see when you come to the studio.
Wooden wall with the studio’s name and logo in the reception.
The studio rooms
Aretha-studio is our voice recording studio, with windows facing the song booth.
Bowie and ZappaThe studios are our two smaller project studios. They are often used when songwriters / producers have camps and work together in several studios.
Bowie Studio. (The Zappa studio not in the picture looks pretty much the same).
MercuryThe studio is the largest studio downstairs. Large Augspurger speakers are built into the walls and this room has become a favorite among artists and producers who make hip hop and electronic music. After this picture was taken, we have also built an entire wall with analog synths here.
Winehouse-studio is our surround studio upstairs. Here I (Fredrik) usually work when I write and produce. There are windows to the outside of the recording room and outside this studio is the kitchen / lounge and the stairs to the roof terrace, where you look out over Palma city.
The Winehouse studio.
Quincy-studio is our largest studio on the ground floor. Here is an SSL Duality, ATC speakers built into the wall for listening and a nice collection of analog effects in the racks.
All studios are connected to each other, even the roof terrace has entrances in our jack gear, in case you want to record in the open air.
Palma Music Studios opens its doors
22 months of dreams, planning, waiting and building have paid off. This group of artists and producers spent the first three days filling the studios with new songs.
Palma Music Studios is officially open and running and it has now been 2.5 years since this photo. It couldn’t get any better with all the amazing music creators who have spent time here with us, and made music in this building.
We look forward to creating many future classic recordings here in Palma. You can follow us on Instagram or Facebook to see what we do. Thank you for your time and interest! / Fredrik