Welcome to my blog part 3, 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)
Drawings of the acoustics
We are planning the last parts of the studio construction here. Materials must be ordered before the holiday, and stoneworkers and carpenters finish the interior structures. Vero Montijano and Marga Comas from Bornelo Design adjust interior details, according to acoustic designer Nick Whitaker. They also make sure that the rooms have the right light, colors, furniture and functionality. Below is a drawing of the design on the fabric walls that covers our main mix studio, Quincy Room.
Drawing of the design on the fabric walls that cover our main mix studio, Quincy Room
All stairs and stone floors are made of so-called Balearic Zarci Abujardado stones that are found locally here. We use a more robust version of this stone for the roof terrace, so that it does not become slippery the 60 days a year when the sun does not shine on this island☀️
Below (picture 1) you see the stairs up to the roof terrace and to the right (picture 2) the balcony in the recording room, where the ropes in the railings are now installed. At the bottom (picture 3) is the recording room from the balcony. We made an arrangement made of wooden beams with lamps hanging from the ceiling. We also hang fixed omni-receiving DPA microphones from the ceiling – the same installation that was in the Polar studio.
Picture 1 – The stairs up to the roof terrace and to the right (Fig. 2) the balcony in the recording room, where the ropes in the railings are now installed.
Picture 3 – This is the end result for the recording room and the arrangement of wooden beams with lamps hanging down from the ceiling in the recording room. We also hang fixed omni-receiving DPA microphones from the ceiling – the same installation that was in the Polar studio.
The recording room from above
Stone wall in the recording room
We are also building a stone wall in the recording room, and the idea is that it should look like we dug out Mallorca’s old city wall with its arch. The studio logo will be attached to the center of the frame, made of backlit black steel. We also check out the stone wall in the reception and find that the mason has done a fantastic job.
The stone wall in the recording studio (left), and in the wall in the kitchen / lounge (right)
The wooden wall in the reception with a backlit logo and the steel desk, made by a local blacksmith. The stairs go up to the kitchen / lounge.
Continuation follows in part 4, where we will take a closer look at the recording room and the studio rooms. Do not miss it!
Palma Music Studios