A Little About Construction
How we built this studio & other considerations
Isolation Is Key to a great sound, so there needs to be some consideration when designing and building a recording space. It is not really about how much money you have spent, but rather what techniques you use in putting the studio together on your budget. Could I have spent more time and money on this project – You better believe it. But, I did not and still have a great isolation space for my clients.
- Double Walls – The Live Room and Control Room are separated by a double wall system. From the Live Room to the Control Room the wall stack-up is Sheet Rock | Sound Board | 6″ Air Gap | Sound Board | Sheet Rock. Both walls are insulated with high density blown in insulation (Bib & Blow).
- Minimum Parallel Surfaces – In both the Live Room and Control Room you will find that there are a minimum amount of parallel surfaces for sound waves to bounce back and forth on. This is a great technique to control sound waves.
- Sound Treatments – One of the easiest ways to reduce slap echo is to not only reduce the number of parallel surfaces, but to add in Sound Panels to stop or slow down the echo in a room. It does not take much, and is super effective in controlling echos. However, the room is not over treated because I want to preserve some room ambiance to be sure the room is not dead. Our sound panels were hand made for this room and are filled with Rockwool Safe’n’Sound Stone Wool Insulation that is made for sound proofing and is fireproof.
- Movable Sound Diversion – As much as you design a room, there are factors that you must be able to adjust to once a band or musicians enter the room. Some may want a live sound and insist on recording with everyone in the same room. It is this scenario that required portable sound baffles and treatments. We use this technique when the recording project demands it. Even a short baffle in front of a guitar amp goes a long way.