GLOBAL TIMES, SHANGHAI
One of the recording studios in Ker Sound. Photos: Courtesy of Ker Sound
'' Looping the loop '' - January 18 2011, By Nick Muzyczka
By Nick Muzyczka
The new year has already seen a flurry of recording activity in Shanghai, with many local bands heading to the studio to lay down tracks. But where do they go and what services does the city provide? The Global Times has run from recording booth to recording booth to bring you the answers.
The most technically advanced studio visited by the Global Times was Ker Sound, which can be found in a creative enclave on Huangpi Road South. Designed by co-founder Benjamin L'Hotellier, Ker boasts an impressive setup with 13 state-of-the-art-computers running its two main rooms.
The studio's biggest room looks like a theater, with a cinema screen running the width of a wall. Two recording rooms and a row of cinema-style seats complete a setup conducive to working with filmmakers.
Much of Ker's work involves sound dubbing and feature films, though the studio is run by musicians, so they also know their stuff when it comes to recording bands. Ker offers services in French, English and Chinese.
L'Hotellier's involvement in the construction of the studio was a key to its func-tionality.
The walls are covered in rockwool and velvet, the floor is multi-layered, the rooms only connect to each other and the outer walls where necessary, there are no fans or CPUs in the recording room, and the windows of the recording booth are quadruple glazed (and also set at a slight angle to prevent echoing) - all features designed to generate the perfect sound.
Ker is currently working on producing music for a video game - 170 tracks in total. It also offers audio restoration - important when it takes on projects like The Amaz-ing Race: China Rush, which involves a lot of imperfect recording that needs touching up or rebuilding.
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KER SOUND Studios Shanghai