Gospel artist Kirk Franklin recently opened the first recording studio in America known to feature prototype technology in Downtown Arlington.
Established in 1968, the Fo Yo Soul Entertainment building has been remodeled with specialized construction techniques designed to block noise and vibrations from outside, including nearby train tracks and downtown traffic.
The $2 million studio is the first recording studio in America known to feature prototype technology that can change how large the space sounds: “You can literally change the design of the building on a laptop,” said Kirk Franklin in a recent interview . “There are speakers and there are microphones in the walls. It can sound like whatever you want it to sound like with the touch of a button.”
Franklin’s studio also features a prototype electronic architecture system that is normally found in much larger venues to correct or enhance acoustics. “You can make it sound like a small club or a cathedral or anything in between. It’s an amazing system,” said Russ Berger, president of the Russ Berger Design Firm. “We worked with the manufacturers to develop something that specifically works well in studios and production spaces. Kirk’s studio is the first.”
The Grammy Award winner is expected to begin recording a new project at the studio this fall. “Fo Yo Soul Entertainment would like to thank Alan Petsche and The Petsche Group for making this dream become a reality,” said Franklin.