Recording Studio

Blu Room Studio


Mario Manzani's recording studio in Poppi (AR) in Casentino. Among the "stable" collaborators Andrea Corsellini and Sabino Cannone.

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From the article on Sound & Lite n.76 of March / April 2009:

"Groville is not, as it may seem, the subject, the" Groove City ", but the name of an ancient colonial complex in the Tuscan countryside, on the hills surrounding the Conti Guidi Castle in the town of Poppi (AR) . Completely abandoned for many years, it has been beautifully restored by Mario Manzani who has chosen to live and work here. Mario, a very loving person, is a well-known musician, author and artistic producer. He had many successes, from the production of many discs of Tozzi, Masini and many others, to the composition of a song like “Vivo per lei", edited from his group at the time, the ORO (a super-band founded with Alfredo Golino and Cesare Chiodo) and then brought to the international celebrity by Andrea Bocelli. And in Groville Mario chose to create his own recording studio, called Blu Room. "


Owner and resident engineer:

Audio Facility Recording Studio
Rooms The Studio
Audio System Klein+Hummel O110 , Dynaudio BM15 , Genelec 1031
Console Digidesign Control 24

Umberto Tozzi, Marco Masini, Enrico Ruggeri, Vasco Rossi, Negrita, Fiordaliso, Andrea Mingardi, Bungaro, Luisa Corna, Raf, Pooh, Celentano, Andrea Bocelli, Claudio Baglioni, Riccardo Fogli

The Studio
The studio covers an area of 130 sqm (air-conditioned with continuous air exchange). The control room is connected to the two live rooms "A" and "B" and to the voice booth. For the recording of acoustic instruments in particularly "resonant" environments, it is also possible to use, as additional live rooms, other spaces of the main colonial complex (for a total of about 180 square meters) which have stone walls and terracotta ceilings/floors and are already connected with the control room. The acoustics were taken care of by taking into account some priorities: natural light and colonial appearance should not be touched. Thus, a very special control room was created with high ceilings and wooden beams, but also with two large glass windows with a fantastic view of the valley and of the castle of Poppi. From the article on Sound & Lite n.76 of March / April 2009: "With these constraints, the acoustic project was far more difficult to achieve - said Andrea - in fact we proceeded in a very empirical way, with continuous tests and measurements placing mobile sound traps to find the perfect balance. In the end, we are delighted with how the control room and the various rooms play: I realize that when we go mastering, the equalizer works are minimal or non-existent, a sign of the goodness of our listening and of the room. "