Rebuild it or Improve it?
I posted a thread a while ago about my control room being improved (I did the same in the tracking room too after that). Anyway, after years of using this space I thought I'd move from it within the end of 2008 but a lot of things happened in the past months and it seems that I won't be able to fulfill my dream of having a brand new studio built from the ground up. I already had a few sketches on the drawing board, a couple partners to go for it and all of a sudden it all went up in vapor fumes.
That means that I'll have to live with what I got for a long while, so I sat down and decided it was time to finally think about soundproofing the right way.
My studio was built around 2000, on the first floor of a concrete building. The floor, the ceiling, everything is made off concrete. Walls are brick with some sort of insulation in between them. I got wood floors glued onto the concrete. And what I got in the end? Zero isolation from outside noise. If I'm tracking drums you can hear them quite clearly on the outside. If I'm blasting away in the control room is just about the same.
So here are the main points I came up with:
1. Outside noise is killin me, the studio is right in the middle of and industrial zone and in the past three years a lot of new factories showed up, all of them making noises all the day long. One of them is a truck deposit, they leave in the morning from 5 to 9 and return back in the afternoon and later. Everytime a truck pass by (right in front of my control room window, about 8 meters away) the whole building is shaking.
2. I have very low isolation between control room and tracking room. If I shut down the monitors I can hear the drums punding while tracking, the kick drum is flyin' right thru my feet if I'm sitting at the desk.
3. On top of all of these, my house is in the same building, the kitchen wall is right behind my control room front wall, the dining room wall is right there behind the tracking room. I got two babies now and my working hours are from 1PM to around 11PM (maybe midnight). You can hear music all around the house when we have clients tracking, and the fact that the entire structure is one huge concrete cage makes it all the worst. Bedroom or kitchen makes no difference. You hear the music and is annoyin' to say the least.
4. The acustic in here has been killin me for a long time. After a big improve I made a few months ago (the upmentioned thread) I fell better about it but there's still some problems that need to be addressed.
5. Business is picking up and I feel like I deserve a better space to work in. I just returned back to doin' this for a job, working part time in the morning to keep an income coming in steadily, but I'm thinking of go full time before the end of 2009.
So, to sum it all up, I don't know if I'd have to demo it all, leaving the oustide wall and rebuild the interior completely, or if there's a way I can improve the structure as it is.
Anyone's willing to give me a few tips?
Thanks and sorry for the long post.
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