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Malvicino Designs Bogata Studio and Stage With Sommer Cable

Designed by Horacio Malvicino’s NYC-based Malvicino Designs Group (MDG) for Grammy-winning artist Carlos Vives, Gaira Musica Local Studios is a new recording and entertainment center in Bogota, Columbia. MDG used Sommer Cable’s MC-Mistral analog/digital combo cable throughout the new complex, allowing performances in the 300-seat nightclub to be recorded in the adjacent recording studio.

Singer, composer, actor and entrepreneur, Carlos Vives is one of the most emblematic artists of Colombia and one of the most renowned figures in today’s Latin music scene. With more than 20 million albums sold around the world, he is considered a pioneer of the new Colombian and Latin American sound. He was the first Colombian artist to win a Grammy Award and, to date, has taken home 2 Grammys and 11 Latin Grammys.

“This operation was quite a challenge,” says designer Horacio Malvicino. “We wanted the studio to be a state-of-the art facility, but it had to interface with the performance nightclub, as well. Luckily, we were able to create a music performance center with great acoustics, and also assure it is acoustically isolated from the studio. Once again, Sommer Cable was utilized throughout with flawless results.”

The Malvicino Design Group specializes in recording studio architecture, custom acoustics, and manufacturing of audio products. They have wired, integrated and commissioned over 500 studios over the years. Horacio Malvicino, who holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, decided to use the unique Sommer MC-Mistral analog/digital combo cable for the Bogota, Columbia project. 

Because of the cable’s accurate and precise capacitance, high transmission quality is assured over long distances. The wire pairs of Sommer’s Mistral cable have a pre-twisted drain wire and another shielding made from AL/PT compound foil. For added protection against corrosion and oxidation, both the conductors and the drain wire are tinned. The returns on the cable splices are easily recognizable by the color-coding on the conductor pairs. 

“Horacio’s work is simply astounding, with great attention to detail and durability,” commented Carlos Vives. “We were very impressed by his professional level of care and precision and it’s clear that Sommer cable was a great choice for our new studios and nightclub.”

Malvicino emphasizes the service aspect of Sommer Cable. “Their dedication to the client is thorough and everything’s easy to order online. We’re sourcing everything from them, including connectors and peripherals. The quality of their craftsmanship is brilliant.”

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Malvicino Design Group is a design and consulting firm specializing in innovative architectural, acoustical, and technical systems design. With nearly two decades of experience in the corporate, broadcast, multimedia, entertainment, and consumer industries and markets, MDG has established industry trust with a solid reputation for creative yet practical designs, integrated with sound engineering and close interaction with clients. MDG’s foundation in architectural, acoustical, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as music, recording engineering, and studio business guarantees a uniquely custom approach to each project.


Sommer Cable Germany is an enterprising development and manufacturing company of innovative and unique cable, connector and electronic products for the Studio, A/V Installation, Live Sound, Broadcast, Video, Music, IT and HiFi markets, with business partners in over 50 countries. In 2015, Sommer Cable America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sommer Cable Germany, was established in Santa Rosa, CA by new CEO Martin Ucik. The new company supplies the North American markets with Sommer’s wide range of innovative and high quality products. 707.200.4020

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