Originally Posted by thisisben
Any advice? Anyone? Please?
Let me put it another way:
1. Is a basement studio the solution for me if I don't want to annoy my neighbours?
2. Are there any disadvantages of a basement studio compared to one in an extra building?
3. If I built an extra building for my studio, was the only way of soundproofing it a room within a room construction? What would that cost? In another thread I read that$110/square fett is realistic. That equals 1000€/m² if I'm not mistaken. Am i right?`
The cost really depends on the design but lets find out what you need exactly before going there.
You can do either basement or separate building as there are pros and cons to both. First you need to figure how much isolation you require.
I was reserving this document, "Isolation Construction for Sound Studios", for my clients only, but I think that I will do everyone more good if I make it available publicly... so here it is attached below and I will add it to my publications page.
Basement with slab on grade and walls covered with earth will be infinitely stiff, therefore when building an interior partition, the resonance of the new partition can be calculated without concern for the resonance of the stiff partition. The ceiling isolation and flanking issues must be addressed.
An isolated building on a separate slab also need not have a floating floor. (oh gawd! I'm talking like Yoda...) The wall/ceiling/roof construction is fairly straight-forward and easy to design for your isolation goal.
Either project will require a room-in-a-room if you intend to play drums, electric bass guitar, rock guitar, etc...