Categories: Recording studios
High-performance acoustics for professional spaces
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) is one of Australia’s leading media companies, reaching over 95% of the population through radio, television, and digital. Located in the thriving Petrie Terrace neighbourhood, SCA’s Brisbane office is home to popular audio brands Triple M, B105, and LiSTNR. After outgrowing their previous building in 2019, the media company decided to relocate their Queensland headquarters. Working with local creative design studio jmid, SCA was looking to build state-of-the-art radio facilities that would reflect the company’s innovative, creative culture. To guarantee the new space ticked all the boxes, the jmid team undertook an extensive workshopping process with each of SCA’s departments before entering the design process.
To achieve a high-performance acoustic environment in the studios, jmid specified Quietspace® Panel overlaid with Vertiface® with Etch™ detail for the walls. Broadcasting studios should be ‘dead’ acoustically, which means they should have a very short Reverberation Time. Quietspace Panel was ideal for the space as it’s designed to absorb a minimum of 85% of the sound energy it meets across the frequency spectrum, keeping the reverb time down. Using the Vertiface overlay, Jane brought her vision to life, “beyond the obvious acoustic benefits of the Quietspace Panel in the studio spaces, the Vertiface overlay was critical because we were able to customise the surface to something the client loved,” Jane said.
For the open-plan office space, Jane and her team drew inspiration from the local architecture. “The tenancy is located in a suburb full of original workers cottages reflective of traditional Queensland architecture. To emulate that vernacular, we wanted to pull the vertical joins texture into the space”. Jmid specified Cube™ in Acros, Savoye and Pinnacle customised with Groove to create the beadboard aesthetic, “It was easy with Cube panels,” Jane explained, “With Autex Acoustics, I can get great sound absorption and optimal sound control but still have incredible flexibility in terms of design solutions. It’s a rare balance”.