WRONG FORUM PLEASE MOVE: Beginner Room Dimensions 10'x12' Practice/mixing
OK so I will start by saying that I have not necessarily outgrown my living room, but my gear and my girlfriend both seem to have outgrown it .
Secondly, I will say that I welcome any and all snide, glib, or sarcastic remarks, so do not spare them, but if possible try to include some advice as well.
I did a search for 10'x12' and came up with mostly people saying that is a very small room.
I didn't actually get out the tape measure (forgot it of course) when I went to the space yesterday, but it looked to be about 10'x12' with a couple pipes crossing the ceiling at around 8 feet. Some concrete covered (probably steel) joists hanging down to about 9 feet. And the highest points of the ceiling extending up to about 10 feet. It's no golden room.
But I do need a space to make lots of noise and hopefully learn my gear inside and out (I am far too ADD to make music, while being asked to feed the cats or take out the garbage).
I have an eye toward developing some skills as an engineer or at least learning my gear very well. And I am starting up a small band (2 members for now maybe adding a vocalist at some point).
I'm in New York City so space is very dear, so this room is definitely the most that I can afford ($400/month after talking the guy DOWN!). I need an empty space to set up, so a share isn't going to work unless it's a very unique share. It's a one month lease and you can pro rate it and leave whenever you like.
So I'm going to take this space for at least a month. Move my gear in, and start learning.
I have run out of budget for now, but I would like to build some portable bass traps over the next year or so. Something that I could bring with me to a large space or home studio in the next few years when we have a larger spot.
I was thinking about framing multiple smaller bass traps (with plywood or pine, rock wool, and fabric) as I get the money, but I'm not sure if smaller (2'x3' for ease of transportation?) bass traps have any efficacy. Do you think that this space could ever be used for mixing?
Other details of note:
Large air conditioner on a wooden platform in one corner of the room.
Audible guitar from other spaces while I was there.
One wall seems to be covered by (thin) egg crate foam, the other three walls have black velvety fabric hung over top of wall board.
Here are some terrible pictures: (edit: why are they sideways? They look normal on my computer, sorry).
Double edit: Wrong forum, could a moderator please move this post?