World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) produces hours of original television programming airing each week, plus music recordings released by some of wrestling’s biggest names. Live events like Wrestlemania and Smackdown feature increasingly more elaborate audio and video production components. WWE needed production capabilities that could keep pace, and turned to RBDG to design new technical space in its Stamford, CT, facility.
RBDG transformed a 9,500 sq.ft. warehouse area into a distinct world for audio post and music production. The new technical space is comprised of an audio post control room and announcer booth, a music control room, a live studio with isolation booth, a central equipment room, plus offices and a new outside entrance.
The design team faced the challenge of balancing comfortable usable spaces with the aggressive techno edge that is so much a part of the WWE mystique. Large expanses of glass allow visual connections between rooms while revealing the blend of craftsmanship and technology. One wall of the music studio features earth-colored split face concrete block that supports custom radius cherry wood diffusers necessary to achieve the acoustical results required of the live room.
A smoother workflow was another key element in the facility’s redesign, especially considering WWE’s high production volume and tight deadlines.“The main benefits of the redesign have been greater work output in terms of both quality and volume,” noted Chris Argento, WWE senior post mixer/ sound designer.