The *NEW* New Noise Recording!
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14th April 2010
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The *NEW* New Noise Recording!

hey everyone! im very excited to announce the construction of my new facility in Baltimore! ultimately, this is the construction of my Wife and I's new home, but i would assume my fellow Gearslutz would be interested in my "man cave".

my Old Lady being the loving and generous gal she is, was willing to let me have the garage PLUS the "bonus family room" in back of it for studio space. after MANY months of planning, meetings and rearranging, this is what weve come up with!

before we continue however, i must state that this is going to be a very DIY type of deal. i didnt have the budget for an acoustician to help design my space, let alone even have enough square footage for angled walls if i did. it was just me and the builders working together to get whats best. we left the rooms entirely open to maximize the amount of space that can be useable. i plan on acoustically treating the room myself with OC 703 baffles after some experimentation when the room is done. i record mainly Indie/Punk and anything will be better than the basement ive been working in for years and will be just fine for my type of clientele.

heres the basics...

control room - roughly 12x14/8 foot ceilings/pergo floors/bathroom
live room - roughly 12x20/10 foot ceilings/concrete floors finished with epoxy

ill be keeping this updated throughout the building process! thanks for checking it out!

-Justin

heres a couple of scale drawings i made in sketchup!
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shots of the foundation and the freshly poured live room floor!
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shots of the foundation and the freshly poured live room floor!
Congrats!!

When do you think you'll be finshed?
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Congrats!!

When do you think you'll be finshed?
the whole house should be ready to move in by the last week of May/first week of June. the studio will be ready to move the gear in and wire everything up as well. needless to say, there will be ALOT of experimentation with acoustic treatment that week!!

im excited about your new place as well! your building is AWESOME!
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15th April 2010
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first floor was laid out today! framing to follow!
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control room walls goin' up! hopefully the whole studio will be framed out by the end of today! more updates to follow!
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Hoho ! Interesting, I love these little places !
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view of control room wall from live room and double wall going up in control room! 2 inches of airspace there!
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with 8' ceilings...

I would try very hard to talk you into not drywalling the ceiling rafters.

Rather, add mass to the upper layer (subfloor of second floor)... from above if possible, in the form of two layers of sub floor, or from below between the joists in the cavities. this being plywood, mdf, sheetrock... caulk the edges of the planking to the rafters.

This will not result in anything in terms of sound transmission difference over standard construction, but what it will allow you to do, is stuff the joist cavities with rockwool, cover with fabric, and turn your entire low ceiling surface into an absorbant cloud.

If you were to say drywall the ceiling, and then put a 4" thick cloud over the mix position and drums... there goes your head room.
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with 8' ceilings...

I would try very hard to talk you into not drywalling the ceiling rafters.

Rather, add mass to the upper layer (subfloor of second floor)... from above if possible, in the form of two layers of sub floor, or from below between the joists in the cavities. this being plywood, mdf, sheetrock... caulk the edges of the planking to the rafters.

This will not result in anything in terms of sound transmission difference over standard construction, but what it will allow you to do, is stuff the joist cavities with rockwool, cover with fabric, and turn your entire low ceiling surface into an absorbant cloud.

If you were to say drywall the ceiling, and then put a 4" thick cloud over the mix position and drums... there goes your head room.
VERY interesting! subfloor would really make that much of a difference? i would figure it would absorb LESS than sheetrock!? what about looks when its finished? the subfloor they ordered to our site is all engineered particle board. the builder is moving FAST! i kinda wonder if its too late anyway??
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VERY interesting! subfloor would really make that much of a difference? i would figure it would absorb LESS than sheetrock!? what about looks when its finished? the subfloor they ordered to our site is all engineered particle board. the builder is moving FAST! i kinda wonder if its too late anyway??
Well, the thing is, you'd be removing a leaf (wall layer) from the inside of the studio, so you want to make up for that mass else where... on the other side of the framing.

Usually with basement studios, we need to add this mass between the joists within the basement, as the house is already finished. Since your home is still being erected, you may be able to add from above, as it would be much easier. problem here being that the room above the studio would have a floor that is 5/8" higher than the rest of the floor...
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roof went up today! shots of the trussing and the studio w/roof!
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nothing too new as far as construction goes. they started on plumbing and HVAC this week. they should begin drywall by this week or next. electrician shows up tomorrow. going to be talking to them about running cables and such.

this week i went to check out a triple rack that some dude was selling for $200 on craigslist. turned out to be pretty ugly and WAY too big. knowing full well that i wont be coming across any deals on studio furniture, my buddy and I decided to just build one ourselves. should save me a little over a grand vs. buying a manufactured rack.

heres a scale sketchup of what we came up with. going to be using 3/4" MDF. cant be THAT difficult. right? RIGHT?!? haha!
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roof went up today! shots of the trussing and the studio w/roof!
construction porn, I love it
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nothing too new as far as construction goes. they started on plumbing and HVAC this week. they should begin drywall by this week or next. electrician shows up tomorrow. going to be talking to them about running cables and such.

this week i went to check out a triple rack that some dude was selling for $200 on craigslist. turned out to be pretty ugly and WAY too big. knowing full well that i wont be coming across any deals on studio furniture, my buddy and I decided to just build one ourselves. should save me a little over a grand vs. buying a manufactured rack.

heres a scale sketchup of what we came up with. going to be using 3/4" MDF. cant be THAT difficult. right? RIGHT?!? haha!
I just buy the nasty, horrible looking metal walled rack cases, and wrap them in a box of decent looking wood. Result: Sturdy rack case that looks nice, costs little, and is dead easy to build.
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nothing too new as far as construction goes. they started on plumbing and HVAC this week. they should begin drywall by this week or next. electrician shows up tomorrow. going to be talking to them about running cables and such.

this week i went to check out a triple rack that some dude was selling for $200 on craigslist. turned out to be pretty ugly and WAY too big. knowing full well that i wont be coming across any deals on studio furniture, my buddy and I decided to just build one ourselves. should save me a little over a grand vs. buying a manufactured rack.

heres a scale sketchup of what we came up with. going to be using 3/4" MDF. cant be THAT difficult. right? RIGHT?!? haha!
definately on the right track, should be an easy build. Remember, the gear itself will provide substantial cross bracing, don't really need to over build.

i don't buy/sell/trade gear very often. meaning, when something goes in my rack, it's probably going to stay there. with this in mind, if i were to build my own rack, i would likely skip the expensive rack rail, and simply attach wood blocking... using wood screws to hold the gear in place.
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a few updates here...

insulation was installed this week. started on drywall today! the rooms are really starting to take shape!

youll notice that we had to install an air return in the c/r wall. we put up another half wall on the control room side to combat some of the leakage from that. hardly kosher, i know. but i think we'll be fine. the design wasnt going to be totally soundproof from the start anyway. good enough for punk rock!
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Wiring plan

Looks great so far! Curious to see if you have an electrical /wiring plan you could share?
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Looks great so far! Curious to see if you have an electrical /wiring plan you could share?
i do not. but theres nothing special going on besides 2 20 amp circuits in the control room and 1 20 amp in the live room. standard outlets every 8 ft. im going to be installing the audio cabling myself once construction is finished. the control room is over top of basement space, so it should be pretty easy!
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finished hanging drywall today! lookin' good!
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Looks great Justin! It has been a long time, hope all is well. I will have to come check it out when it's done!
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haha! hey Garrett! welcome anytime!
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Is someone possibly a Refused fan?
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Is someone possibly a Refused fan?
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Justin, by any chance did you record I Promised The Pacific? I remember your name from somewhere/local band that I used to listen to some 3-4 years ago.
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Justin, by any chance did you record I Promised The Pacific? I remember your name from somewhere/local band that I used to listen to some 3-4 years ago.
yup. and i must say, out of all the records ive worked on, that is one of the last ones i would expect someone to bring up. haha.

good dudes. our bands were on the same label together back in the early 2000's when they were called Stars Turn Cold. its a shame they never went anywhere with IPTP. Victory was really interested in them amongst other labels. when their van broke down on tour in North Carolina, everything just kinda imploded. i still keep in touch with them. mostly Dave and Brian.
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WoooooH

Who doesn't like Refused!?
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haha cool man, yeah i worked with mark on a side project a year or so ago, but kind of lost touch. but thats really awesome, i knew i heard your name somewhere.

by any chance, do you have a list or something online where i could check out what albums you have worked on? i wouldn't be surprised if you worked with other bands that i knew.
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haha cool man, yeah i worked with mark on a side project a year or so ago, but kind of lost touch. but thats really awesome, i knew i heard your name somewhere.

by any chance, do you have a list or something online where i could check out what albums you have worked on? i wouldn't be surprised if you worked with other bands that i knew.
i used to keep a running list of stuff ive done, but i started to think it was kind of ridiculous to have a "discography" consisting mostly of a bunch of local bands that nobody outside of a 25 mile radius has ever heard of.

however, since youre interested, some of my favorite projects were from these guys...

The Escape Artist (DC)
Victory By Revenge (MD)
Go Crash Audio (Nebraska)
Sleepwalker's Guide (DC)
Me Monster (DC)
High Tides Sink Vessels (Arizona)
Move Forward (Arizona) - i mixed "Get Us Out of Here"
Glocca Morra (Philly) - 7" coming out next month
Leland Palmer (MD)
Dakota John (MD)
Kiss The Sky Goodbye (MD)
Paranoia Agent (MD)
Lushfarm (MD)
Driving In Silence (MD)
Bulletproof Your Limousine (Florida)
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