WSDG designs studio for Owl City’s Adam Young

Construction has now finished on Owl City Studio, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young’s new WSDG-designed facility located deep in the Minnesota woods.

Rapidly progressing from musical experiments in his parents’ basement back to mainstream success with his electronica project Owl City, Young is perhaps best known for six-time platinum single Fireflies from debut album Ocean Eyes, which was certified platinum in 2010.

Increasing critical and commercial success has intensified Young’s focus on his music, which prompted the decision to move from his family home to a new rustic base to tackle his growing workload.

“Adam Young’s manager Steve Bursky was impressed by our Jungle City Studio in NYC when he worked there a couple of years ago,” reports WSDG (Walters-Storyk Design Group) project manager Joshua Morris. “When Adam decided to build a studio in his new home, Bursky suggested that he talk with us. I visited the site and met with him to get a true sense of what he was looking for. The local contractor was extremely meticulous in meeting all the requirements of our drawings. The results of our final acoustic measurements for reverberation time and Sound isolation met or exceeded all our goals. This studio is a gem.”

Owl City Studio features a spacious (675 square-foot) control room outfitted with an SSL AWS console, Adam Audio S-4XV mains, twin 60” LCD monitors and an extensive collection of outboard gear. The studio was constructed with natural wood to complement the log cabin’s interior and exterior setting. The Control Room is outfitted with a custom rolling slate-topped producer’s desk, and four mobile equipment racks to facilitate room reconfiguration to accommodate diverse session requirements.

WSDG also designed an innovative, polycylindrical ceiling cloud to fine-tune the mixing position. A 225 square-foot live room with 35 square-foot vocal booth supports Young’s primarily keyboard-based productions. PK Pandey, founder of GCPRO, coordinated the technology package.

Commenting on his new studio, Young remarked: "It was a tremendous honour and privilege working with John Storyk, WSDG PM Joshua Morris and systems designer, Federico Petrone. The studio they designed exceeded all my expectations. I couldn’t be happier working in the environment they created to suit every specific need I had. It looks fantastic and sounds even better, and at the end of the day I am thrilled to be the proud owner of such a fabulous studio. Endless thanks, WSDG."