Better located and ‘hipper’ quarters for a popular music studio
After ten years of operating out of one of its owner’s basements, SubCat Studios, a small yet successful recording studio in Skaneateles, New York that draws big name talents to its ranks, is moving to larger quarters in Amory Square, a burgeoning arts district in Syracuse, New York. There it will take up residency in a 19th century building that has been refashioned into a contemporary multicultural arts center by Fiedler Marciano Architecture (FMA) of New York City.
The idea behind the project was to position SubCat as the catalyst of a much larger effort to spark continued development of arts activities in the area, including resuscitating the struggling neighboring theatre and music house, the Redhouse Arts Center. While the site is ideally situated for an arts hub, giving its location along The Connective Corridor - an urban pathway that links various cultural points of interest - it is not ideally suited for a recording studio being just 40 ft from an active railway. As a result the building had to be specially designed to isolate noise and vibration from passing freight trains and heavy vehicular traffic.
“In addition to the site-related acoustical challenges, there was also a desire for transparency”, said Mark Fiedler, FMA Partner. “We inserted large ground-floor windows to create a visual connection between the community and the activities within the studio and overcame the additional acoustical hurdles that this posed”.
The building houses 19,200 sq ft of space on three levels. SubCat will occupy the basement and first two levels. The third floor will house residential suites for visiting artists. The new space will provide SubCat with 10,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art recording studios, thus allowing it to expand its services in musical and commercial recording, cd duplication, graphic art design and educational programs in music instruction.