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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 11:52 am 
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For the past 18 months I've been working on the ANU's refurbishment of their recording studio in Canberra Australia.

Here's some pictures I've managed to find - the opening ceremony was covered by the press, there was no mention of my involvement.

there is also two control rooms above Control A but they were not mentioned or photographed.

BTW - the colour scheme was not mine!!

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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 5:07 pm 
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So you are not a fan of maroon cloth and light natural wood, nor bright blue ceilings? :)

Even so, the place looks darn good! Congratulations, John. Amazing work, as usual. I far more fascinated by the acoustics you created there, than by the interior decoration...

They really should get a better photographer, though: the lens he used for the shot across the console is really weird: it makes the poor guy with glasses standing behind the chair look like a flattened cardboard cut-out!

It's a real shame they didn't give you any credit, though. The average person would have little idea how complex that design is: they'd only notice that it sounds really good in there, so it would be nice if the guy who made that happen would get some mention! Perhaps you could convince a local newspaper to run an article on it, from YOUR perspective, as the designer?

But anyway, at least you have the satisfaction of knowing what you accomplished. And we get to drool and turn green with envy... :)

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Wow!

Mark Opitz said it sounded amazing in there.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:07 pm 
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Thank you.
No one has told me what the rooms sound like , including the two control rooms above the main control room.
I got shut out from the project.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:00 am 
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I got shut out from the project.
:shock: That's kinda dumb! Why would a supposedly smart customer leave the designer out in the cold? Especially after doing such a spectacular design! (Not so smart, I guess...)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:17 am 
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I upset the university professor - she was a total gear freak and didn't appear to have any interest in the design, acoustics and construction.
I'd flown to Canberra because they had finally removed the existing treatment and removed the rear wall of the control room which we were about to extend.
Finally I could see what was going on behind their existing walls, like aircon, electrics etc.
We had a meeting with the Project Manager and I was keen to discuss the construction yet she arrived at the meeting demanding I change the speakers in the control room.
(She'd had the plan for over a year with the speakers we'd chosen)
I suggested we discuss that later and she got her nose out of joint and walked out of the meeting.
She never communicated with me after that.
The speakers in the final room are the same ones I'd drawn in the plans. ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:05 am 
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That's nuts! One would expect that a "professor" would understand that there are multiple issues involved, not just speakers. I've seen that occasionally among the less educated, but a university professor? One would hope that our institutions of higher education are run by people who actually have a higher education themselves... :)

But I'm not too surprised: Gear freaks tend to be like that, thinking that the latest, greatest, most expensive gadget can make even the worst room sound fantastic, by some mysterious act of magic that somehow defies the laws of physics... Hence the current fad for "room correction" software and hardware... as if it were somehow how possible for a piece of electronics to fix the underlying time-domain acoustic problems in a room.

But anyway, the studio looks great (no surprises there!), and undoubtedly sounds great (as born out by the comment above). And clearly, the people who actually do understand overruled the "professor" who didn't. And they do have nice things to say about the studio: from their website: "The ANU School of Music is home to the most technologically advanced recording facility in Australia and one of the finest recording studios in the world. Featuring a 9m2 double height, custom acoustically treated recording studio floor with variable wall panelling for flexible acoustic response, our main studio can accommodate large and small ensembles across all musical styles. Our facility also includes an oversized vocal booth designed to accommodate all vocal performance styles as well as isolate guitar amplifiers. " Yup. They just forgot to add "designed by the legendary John Sayers himself".

It's just a pity that you weren't able to be there to hear it for yourself, nor officially recognized as the designer... although it's obvious: The classic John Sayers signature is all over those rooms! Nobody who knows, could possibly doubt who designed it.

(It's also a pity they couldn't find a better photographer for some of those images: one who is able to take photos that don't grossly distort perspective, making people look like cardboard cutouts, and 19" rack mount gear look like gigantic props from a 1950's sci fi movie...)

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Thankyou Stuart. As usual you've understood it right.
So now a few music students have access the the best recording console in Australia.

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