Siren Studios, NYC
Siren Studios is a private penthouse recording studio in the vibrant Penn District, NYC, for esteemed music producer Chris “Chi” Sanders. Envisioning a penthouse apartment-studio fusion that balanced productivity and comfort, Sanders reached out to Malekpour Design Partners to help him realize this vision.
“Chris was seeking monitors, gear, and a cutting-edge design for his new studio,” recalls Dave Malekpour, President of Malekpour Design Partners. “Inspired by studios we had previously designed for Jaycen Joshua and Top Dawg, he expressed his desire for a high-end space comprising of a large control room, vocal booth and lounge space that would exude a unique look and atmosphere, and which would stand out in NYC. The challenge of creating something fresh, was one which we jumped at!”
With Sanders’ brief, MDP’s team of architectural designers and engineers, led by Malekpour and design partner Michael Bashkhangy, developed a comprehensive plan that encompassed all technical, acoustic, and design aspects of the studio, starting with its world-class control room. The result is a futuristic, yet inviting, acoustically optimized space that serves as the creative nerve center of Siren Studios.
The audio production spaces, control room and vocal booth were designed to meet the highest technical and acoustic standards and are packed with a meticulously curated selection of industry-leading gear including Augspurger Quattro 415-Sub218 speakers, Slate Raven MTZ touch screens, AMS Neve 1073DPD dual-channel Pre/EQ, Tube Tech CL1B compressor, SSL Fusion processor, Grace Design M905M monitor controller, and the Avid ProTools HDX system all integrated and supplied by Professional Audio Design Inc.
Collaborating closely with its partners at Jocavi Acoustics, MDP developed a comprehensive acoustic treatment plan, installing Jocavi’s contemporary TwoFX diffusers which deliver both aesthetically pleasing and sonically superior results, custom-painted in the same ‘Nardo Grey’ colourway as the Augspurger speakers, for total synergy with the design aesthetic.
“One of the key elements in designing a studio in the heart of NYC is isolation,” remarks Malekpour. “When we first viewed the space, there were firetrucks blazing down 7th Avenue and it was clear we would need to plan for a great shell. We’ve achieved over 80db sound isolation in both the control room and isolation booth using Studio Float Isorafts, decoupling the interior floors, walls and ceiling which hugely benefits the rooms’ response.”
Sanders said, “I wanted a penthouse apartment-studio vibe, and that’s exactly what Malekpour Design Partners delivered. A place where I can lock in on work and still feel comfortable. With a studio of this caliber, it’s only right to stack plaques on these walls. It’s where greatness is born, and success is celebrated.”
Siren Studios, NYC GEAR
Sterling Modular Plan F (new)
Slate Media MTZ
Augspurger Quattro415/S218-SXE3/3500 Monitor System
Zaor Iso Stand MK2
Grace Design m905-BK
Apple Mac Studio
Avid Pro-Tools HDX/MTRX Studio/TB3
Universal Audio TB3SATO-X
Antares Autotune Pro
AMS Neve 1073DPX
Tube Tech CL1B
Little Labs Monitor
Beyer Dynamic DT770
Neumann U87Ai Set Z
Triad Orbit T3
Triad Orbit 01
PAD Custom Patchbay and Wiring
PAD Custom Acoustic Treatments