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Setting up a small studio
Last post Fri, Dec 08 2006 by DG, 12 replies.
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Posted on Wed, Nov 29 2006 20:37
by synthetic
Joined on Mon, Mar 14 2005, Posts 279
F Alton Everest wrote a good book called Small Sound Studio Construction on a Budget.
Posted on Thu, Nov 30 2006 16:26
by Angelo Clematide
Joined on Thu, Sep 08 2005, Posts 1139
and the Height is?

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Posted on Thu, Nov 30 2006 16:40
by sgentry
Joined on Sat, Jun 03 2006, Monument, CO, Posts 38
Hi Tanuj,

I built a small studio in my garage two years ago. The goals for me were sound insulation and eliminating the acoustic problems inside a small space (8' x 13').

For sound insulation, I built a double-shell, and split the walls with alternating studs. Both sides of the wall have double layers of 5/8" drywall, with lots of silicone caulking between the drywall layers. The floor is hardwood built over lattice suspended on silicone beads and filled with sand. Also, suspended a second ceiling with a double-layer of drywall isolated from the existing ceiling. All this was a bunch of work but I get good sonic isolation so I can play at night and not worry about waking up the kids or hearing cars outside while recording.

Inside, the big problem is with standing waves in a small space. Non-parallel walls are helpful, but impractical in a small room where maximizing space is important. I used a combination of some homebuilt absorbers in the corners and diffusers on the walls and ceiling that now give the room a more neutral sound.

Some other things you will need to consider are ventilation (with heating and cooling) and of course lights and power.

Lots of work but it was also a lot of fun.

Good luck,

Steven
stevengentrymusic.com
Posted on Fri, Dec 08 2006 00:06
by Angelo Clematide
Joined on Thu, Sep 08 2005, Posts 1139
1. Computer 1 - Recording
2. Computer 2 - Sampling
3. Computer 3 - Sampling (Still thinking)

MAC or PC?

5. Mics - 2 (One for Vocals and one for recording some acoustic instruments)

I. e. RODE NT4 for the acoustic instruments.

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Posted on Fri, Dec 08 2006 04:34
by Martin Bayless
Joined on Sat, Oct 25 2003, New York, USA, Posts 266
7. a good idea to preserve your equipment and minimize downtime.

9. canopus advc-100 or 110. streams out through firewire into rca or s video so just about any tv or monitor will work.

also, room design and especially the dimensions might be given special consideration. there are many sources for this, but a good place to start might be:

http://www.cardas.com/content.php?area=insights&content_id=26&pagestring=Room+Setup
Posted on Fri, Dec 08 2006 09:01
by DG
Joined on Wed, May 12 2004, Posts 8608
Martin Bayless wrote:
9. canopus advc-100 or 110. streams out through firewire into rca or s video so just about any tv or monitor will work.

Doesn't work with Cubase on PC.

DG
Nuendo 6.03, 4.3
2 x Intel Xeon x5675 3.07GHz Hex Core
48GB RAM
Windows 7 (x64)Pro
RME Multiface II
Intensity
ATI HD5400 series graphics card
Posted on Fri, Dec 08 2006 09:21
by DG
Joined on Wed, May 12 2004, Posts 8608
vibrato wrote:
Crap!

Any other options?

I am looking into things as they get mentioned here. Will be back with some analysis.

Thanks.

More thoughts?


Tanuj.

Look at getting a Decklink card.

DG
Nuendo 6.03, 4.3
2 x Intel Xeon x5675 3.07GHz Hex Core
48GB RAM
Windows 7 (x64)Pro
RME Multiface II
Intensity
ATI HD5400 series graphics card
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