1997               COUNTERPOINT, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Salt Lake City in Utah, with its largely conservative population, is not known as a hotbed of cutting-edge music. Until this project was executed, the region had no world-class facilities for musicians to rehearse or record in. Nonetheless, there is a burgeoning scene of progressive musicians and bands in the city.

The two young partners in this start-up venture set themselves some ambitious goals, one of which was to provide a much-needed venue for the alternative music scene. The complete three-room commercial music recording facility is complemented by post-production, editing, and graphics capabilities. Current projects include graphics for a feature-length animation movie, and a lot of audio post-production for film and television. Music recording and mixing remain primary activities in the studios, which now rival facilities in Los Angeles, New York, or Nashville.

Engineers from the studio are engaged for location recording at annual Salt Lake City classical piano competition. Recordings of all the participants’ programs were made on the nine-foot Fazioli concert grand piano in the main studio, so demonstrating the versatility of the space.

An existing 5,000 square foot light-industrial building, previously a printshop, was chosen as the site. The roof is a steel bow-truss structure, with a clear span across the width of the building. To claim all available height in the space, and to take advantage of the most interesting feature in the structure, the bow trusses were incorporated and left exposed.

Less than an hour away from some of the world’s best powder skiing, and setting an unmatched standard for recording in the Wasatch Mountains region, the studio has all the makings of a winter resort facility.

building use: music recording, audio and video post production          
project scope:    5,000 sf; architecture, interiors, acoustics
schedule:  completed 1997
construction cost:         not available