RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL: Hit recording duo Cat Dealers broke onto the global charts in 2017 with a smash six-minute hit remix of Your Body. Sony Music artists, brothers Lugui and Pedrão, are now ranked among the ‘top three most influential DJs/Producers in the Brazilian music scene,’ and their recent Keep On Lovin hit confirms their continuing popularity with multi-million Spotify plays and YouTube views. To drive their remixing skills, Cat Dealers required a dedicated CR / Live Room. Recognizing the value of superior studio design / acoustic excellence, they commissioned WSDG Walters-Storyk Design Group to create a compact yet powerful “dream studio.”
“We had worked with contractor J. Patrick Sulivan on a previous project,” remarked WSDG Belo Horizonte, Brazil-based Partner/Director of Design, Renato Cipriano. “He understood the importance of professional recording studio designer/ acoustician input on a critical production/listening space, and he recommended us for the assignment.
“The Cat Dealers had dedicated a compact 12m / 130 Sq. Ft. for their CR/Live Room, and WSDG Project Manager Alan Machado and I consulted with Founding Partner John Storyk to determine the most effective (and best sounding) use of the space,” Cipriano says. “We have created a number of compact “vest-pocket” rooms, and for the Cat Dealers we developed a unique ceiling cloud configuration and highly effective custom perforated wood, low frequency wall and ceiling treatments. We engaged sophisticated acoustical room simulations to inform our design program with a fully balanced frequency response and controlled sound decay.”
The Cat Dealers Production Room benefits from low frequency treatments precisely, (and invisibly) installed behind the fabric finishes to maintain the room’s spare, clean, efficient look. The dedicated futuristic space engages an RGB LED lighting system to enhance creative inspiration. Focal SM9 audio monitors carefully tuned to the client’s personal taste with a DSP processor to establish a ‘universal sweet spot’ throughout the compact space. “Judging from their consistent chart track record, we hit the mark on all counts,” Cipriano concludes.
About WSDG, LLC: For nearly 50 years WSDG has been designing media production facilities worldwide, close to 4000, and counting. Projects range from Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio and Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York, to broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, and corporate clients such as Sony, IBM and Novartis. Recent credits include Jungle City in New York, The Church Studio, in London, private studios for Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys and Academy Award-nominated film composer Carter Burwell. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Philippe Stark, Grimshaw, and Norman Foster. An eleven-time winner of the prestigious pro audio NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, WSDG maintains U.S. offices in New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Miami and global offices in Barcelona, Basel, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Belo Horizonte, Buenos Aires, Guangzhou, Mexico City and Mumbai.