Having never once had a hit record, or even so much as recorded one, Michael Cronin nevertheless has played an important role in the creation of hundreds of millions of records due to his famous work on over 200 world-class recording studios and other audio facilities that he has been involved in designing and building on five continents over the last quarter century.
Born in London to an Irish family, Michael Cronin began his career in the field of studio design when he graduated from Tottenham Technical College with a specialty in fine restoration work on landmark buildings. In 1984, he was introduced to the Eurythmics, then a world-chart topping English duo featuring vocalist Annie Lennox, who had purchased a 19th century church in London, intending to turn it into a recording studio and at the same time to restore it’s essential architectural elements. It was an utterly serendipitous connection for Cronin, who in that project found a life’s calling.
Since then working with acclaimed studio designer and architect Tom Hidley and through his own company – Michael Cronin Acoustic Construction – established in 1997, he has been involved in the building process of scores of world- class, world-famous recording facilities. These include Guillermo Tell and MEGA in Paris, France; the renovation of MOSFILM in Moscow, Russia; BOP Studios Bophuthatswana, South Africa; The Tracking Room, Ocean Way, Blackbird Studios and Masterfonics in Nashville, Tennessee; Capri Digital in Capri, Italy, and even producer Mutt Lange’s famed hideaway studio Sully Sound in Tou de Pays, Switzerland. In addition, Cronin has been a pioneer in designing and building educational recording facilities such as the multi-studio complexes he has done in New York City, Miami, and Atlanta for SAE, the world’s largest multimedia academy. Cronin has also contributed his skills to culturally significant facilities, including the archivist mastering room at the Country Music Hall of Fame and acoustical consulting work for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, both in Nashville, Tennessee. Finally, he remains one of the most sought after designers and builders of advanced, high-end home theaters in the U.S.
Cronin considers this a charmed life, and it is hard to disagree when you look at the contexts it’s been lived in: his work at MOSFILM coincided with the period of Perestroika that transformed the former Soviet Union into modern Russia; he constructed the sprawling BOP studios complex in the midst of the fall of apartheid and his ongoing work at the Shaw Films’ multi-million dollar post production facility in Hong Kong coincides with Asia’s burgeoning global film presence.
But there is far more to this remarkable career than simply some Zelig-like providence – unlike much of the rest of the infrastructure of the music industry, most of Cronin’s technological monuments not only remain standing but are thriving, a testament to sound design and construction. Michael Cronin, being a patient listener and passionate creator has the kind of discretion that has been appreciated by artists for whom he has built personal studios, including Sheryl Crow, Big Kenny, Ryan Tedder, and perhaps most notably, the famously reclusive Mutt Lange who have all placed their professional and personal trust in Cronin’s capabilities and confidentiality.
Michael Cronin’s mission statement has never been about money but instead he firmly believes “It’s about creating the space in which other people can exercise their creativity” which motivates him to continue on with this highly prized specialty work that he has claimed as his life-long career.