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8th February 2013
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Man Cave in the garden

Hi all.... I've been homerecording for the last 7 - 8 years and finally I'm getting the chance to build my own small, modest home recording studio in the garden...
I'm not a pro, recording is just my hobby and my passion so this build won't be to the same extent as some of the fabulous places in the studio building forum....
I'm a singer/songwriter. I don't record drums as I use EZ drummer for my drum tracks. I'll be making an amp isolation box for my guitar amps and the room should hold in enough sound so that I can record vocals in the room, so sound isolation isn't a major issue.
I'll be recording and mixing all in the one space and have been looking at some articles on dead end, live end designs for rooms that are used this way...
Anyway here are the first couple of pics, only started 3 days ago and hoping to be finished by the end of the month...
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Very cool. Best of luck to you.
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Yes you are very lucky to be making your own dedicated space!
Hope to see some progress pics.
And finished by the end of the month?
You don't mess around, I like that!
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Badass dude quite motivating!

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Footings now done, We will be doing the slab on monday and tuesday, then the walls go up next weekend...
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In the meantime here's some pics of the gear I've been using, This is the room I've been working in... I'm actually standing at the door so it gives you an idea how small it is...
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These are my amps, I never recorded through amps before, I always used multi effects units for my electrics and bass.... These are all recent aquistions as when my new room is done I'll be mic'ng up these amps to record. The marshall is an MG10cf solid state guitar amp, there's a trace elliot 30w bass amp and a kustom 18w bass amp. I'm waiting on a Blackstar HT1 to be delivered and a Bugera V5... Both low watt tube amps...
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Here's my Boss br800 which is a great little unit and is alson a stand alone 8 track recorder with loads of boss multi effects, such as amp simulators for electric guitar.... And also my roland quad capture usb interface...
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Here is my mic collection thus far... It consists of a Rode NT1A for recording vocals, an Audi Technica 2035 for acoustic guitar, A studio projects B1 which I found out by mistake sounds great mic'ing up the bass amps and a Shure sm57 for guitar amps. I've also got a sennheiser e606 for guitar amps on order...
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As you can see everything I'm doing is really modest and really small scale compared to other threads in this forum... Starting to feel a bit embarrassed when I look at other peoples studios.... But I read somewhere on these forums, "as long as you have a mic, an instrument, a recorder and a room then you have a studio" whenever I think of that quote it cheers me up....
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Man, building a studio is living the dream!
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Man, building a studio is living the dream!
That's exactly what me and my mate keep saying.... Living the dream.
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I'm jeasous.

You're doing what i hope to do one day, build a very small studio at the end of my garden.

But because of lack of money, I cannot hope to start building it until summer '14.

Keep us informed how it goes.

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I'm jeasous.

You're doing what i hope to do one day, build a very small studio at the end of my garden.

But because of lack of money, I cannot hope to start building it until summer '14.

Keep us informed how it goes.

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Thanks mate,
keep with it, I never thought I'd see the day when I would get to do this, And here I am now building it... If you want it to happen it will happen eventually...
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Best of luck with it! Keep an eye out on adverts.ie and Ebay for bargains. Occasionally you can pick up a gem for next to nothing especially on Ebay because not many Irish people use it.
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Best of luck with it! Keep an eye out on adverts.ie and Ebay for bargains. Occasionally you can pick up a gem for next to nothing especially on Ebay because not many Irish people use it.
Will do mate, cheers. Good to see a fellow Irishman on here.
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Quick update, Today we put hardcore and sand in the center of footings and compacted down, concrete for slab arrives at 10 in the morning and should be poured and level by 12. Also tidied up a bit and started to get things ready for the walls to go up. Bricklayers are here on friday, saturday and sunday and the walls will be done. My delivery came from thomann online music store today, I got a blactkstar ht1 guitar amp, a bugera v5 guitar amp, and monitor stands and monitor isolation pads.. Didn't get to take pics as I'm just finished and it's pitch black out here, I'll have pics up tomorrow.... I'm like a child at christmas ha ha ha
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Here's what me and the builder did yesterday, one view from the back door of my kitchen and the other view from my daughters room upstairs.... Concrete for slab is here in a couple of hours...
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And my 2 latest gear aquisitions, I can't wait to record through these little amps... All reviews for these 2 have been great and their supposed to be ideal for home recording... I had a little try on them last night and they sound great...
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Slab now poured, wait for it to dry and the bricklayers here on friday...
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Hi,

Bet you can't wait now for the bricklayers to turn up.

As a matter of interest what will be the dimensions of your studio when you have finished building it.

Just interested............
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Hi,

Bet you can't wait now for the bricklayers to turn up.

As a matter of interest what will be the dimensions of your studio when you have finished building it.

Just interested............
Hi, it will be 3 meters by 4.5 meters in the interior, it's plenty of space for what I'll be doing...
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Hi, it will be 3 meters by 4.5 meters in the interior, it's plenty of space for what I'll be doing...
Sounds good to me..........

Very interested on how you put it all together.

Cheers, Keith.
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Ok, so the bricky's were here today, starting to get some perspective now, here's some pics from outside and inside... Bricklayers will be finished on sunday afternoon...
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Starting to think about Lighting and was wondering if anyone has any advice, would flourescent lighting be ok?
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If I had a choice, I wouldn't go with flouro's. Too bright.
Down lights in the ceiling look fantastic, but they are a bit of work to intall.
Maybe have a look at the big thread with peoples studio pics and see what you like.
Lighting can be quite important in setting a mood.
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You can build coves for fluorescents to help mood them up. Also add gratings, etc., above the cove. I'd recommend a mixture of lights with great controls. No RF producing vari-switches!
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Cheers guys, I'll have a look around the forums at other projects and see if anything takes my fancy...
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Brickys second day finished, We will be finished all brickwork tomorrow then putting the roof on on Wednesday...
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Great to see it coming along.

When I eventually build my studio I was talking to the guy who is going to help me do the inside fitting the other day and we talked about lighting. He reckoned the best solution would be use spots on the ceiling on a dimmer switch. As you probably already know you can get them on a strip with several lights in them that can be adjustable. A 2-3 of them might work.

Keep us informed how it's going.

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