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June Audio Recording Studios - A Wes Lachot studio in Provo, Utah Audio Interfaces
Old 16th November 2018
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It's really inspiring to keep up with your "realization"!
I certainly wish you the best and look forward to more!
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Old 16th November 2018
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This may be a dumb question, but do you live in this home as well or, is it only used as a studio?
Old 16th November 2018
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Not a dumb question at all. No one lives in the house and there aren't any plans for that, but now that you mention it, once the adoption goes through, maybe you'd want to live upstairs?
Old 16th November 2018
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Not a dumb question at all. No one lives in the house and there aren't any plans for that, but now that you mention it, once the adoption goes through, maybe you'd want to live upstairs?
Sounds good. All I need is an internet connection, a bathroom, some running water, and a mini fridge.
Old 16th November 2018
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Things have been cooling down a lot here in Utah, todays high was 44 and the low was 24. We even had a small amount of snow the other night so we definitely need to get a roof on this place. The underground work finished up with the placement of the pipes that will carry most of the audio lines.




This is Control Room 1, or A, haven’t decided which to go with. I figure its easier to call them 1, 2 and 3 or A, B and C than other names, but I'm a bit more intrigued by numbers lately, so for now…this is control room 1. We are looking across the control room diagonally here, so the wall on the left side is the rear of the room, the pipes standing straight up on the right side of the frame will be in the front wall. The console will sit there in the middle with a trough beneath for cable to feed into, and then you can see the various pipes leading to what I've labeled.





Next this crazy truck shows up, part dump truck, part treadmill. Gravel was dumped out of the truck on to this treadmill that could go up and down, left and right and could speed up to throw gravel off at 100mph. The man on the right had a remote and just basically directed the gravel exactly where he needed it. He could get it to shoot clear across the building and land in just the spot he wanted.





They raked the gravel out and made sure it got everywhere evenly, using string lines to get the elevation correct.





Once they started shaping the spots for footings we got our first taste of how everything would really lay out. To be honest I’m a little surprised to find that the rooms seem smaller than I had imagined they would be, but a) I think that’s just fine, I mean after all how often do we need cavernous rooms and who am I to think I could afford them and b) our interior designer mentioned that things tend to feel smaller until spaces start to be more defined and some scale can be realized. This photo above is Control Room 2 and behind it, in the right side of the frame is our instrument storage room.





This may seem minor, but to be honest this cross beam that holds up the rear corner of the old house was a big deal for me. Don’t get me wrong, when an earthquake happens I still don’t want to be in the adobe-brick turn-of-the-last-century house, but at least now I don’t need to worry that its going to just decide to fall on someone one day.





With the gravel in place and the slab set to be poured, the masons showed up to fill the large hole in the back of the building.



I made another video for you this week, just a basic walk through with the gravel down so it was easy to see where the rooms laid out. I have absolutely no business using these video editing programs (premier pro, after effects) but it’s fun to mess around with, even though what should have taken someone 30 minutes took me 5 hours. Nonetheless, enjoy…


I'm having the exact same experience regarding apparent room size in our build. Even though we're building fairly large studios, at the construction site things look kinda small. I guess it's an optical illusion of some sort, once the rooms have a ceiling their apparent size will change (or so I'm told!).

Construction looks awesome, it's gonna be an an amazing studio complex
Old 23rd November 2018
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It's because without a ceiling there is no sense of scale. Or rather, there is an incorrect sense of scale. We judge the size of rooms by (subconciously) comparing the width to the length to the height, and getting a general sense of how each dimension compares to the other two, and more importantly how the width and the length each compare to the height. The height is the most important of the three, because it's easiest to judge, by comparing it against the height of a person (hence the term "human scale"). So a typical room with, say, a 9 foot ceiling we see as being about 1 1/2 times the height of a person. From there, it's easy to judge how the room's other two dimensions compare to human beings, which is the only thing that really matters.

But if the ceiling height is the sky, then you're comparing the width and the height to infinity, and when you do that, infinity always wins, and any width and length dimensions will look tiny. Once the height comes down from infinity to 18 ft., that large tracking room will look pretty darn big. Following this logic, I could have made it seem even bigger by bringing the height down to 12 ft., but then it wouldn't sound as good.

So it's all a matter of ratios. And of course the same is true from a sound standpoint--it's not the absolute dimensions that are most important, but the ratios of each dimension to the other dimensions, if you want a musical sounding room with even bass response.

Wes
Old 23rd November 2018
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Happy Thanksgiving! This was a good week (week and a half) for studio building, it was cold but no rain or snow - next week’s forecast doesn’t look so good.



First of all we have a floor!



Working the fresh concrete in the future lobby. The plan, although it could always change, is to have concrete floors in the lobby, instrument gallery and hallways, and then wood floors in the two studios.



This is looking from the back door at most of Studio 1. We ordered some pvc boxes to make up the troughs that will sit beneath the floor under the consoles. The boxes will give us a nice clean tie in to the 4’ pipes that carry the audio lines into/out of the control rooms. Unfortunately the boxes didn’t show up in time for the main slab pour, so we boxed out the area around to give us some play in the pipes and that will be poured in the next few weeks.



Due to the temperature the slab had blankets over it every night for a week, removed during the day to allow for work. Here they are cutting the expansion joints and control joints between the studio spaces.



The boxes arrived and the electricians set to work getting them in the ground.




The boxes and gravel ready for the final slab pour. Not sure if they will do that soon or wait for a roof to be on the building so they can keep the concrete a bit warmer.



Meanwhile out back there was work going on to install our oil separator and line for water drainage from the roof of the new building. It’s so exciting to get to spend thousands of dollars on concrete things that get buried in the ground. Actually its a total drag, but the city requires it so it is what it is.



This was a short work week due to the holiday but a small amount of framing has begun. Next week I expect there will be a lot more framing and maybe some landscaping work out front.
Old 23rd November 2018
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When do the trusses arrive ?? I’d be wanting my roof about now !! Man that’s going to be an awesome complex
Old 23rd November 2018
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Looking amazing. The place is going to be huge.
Old 24th November 2018
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Can't wait to get some drums tracked with you in the big room.
Old 3rd December 2018
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Now that the concrete is ready, framing has begun in earnest. Real snow fell today, so the sooner they get this roof on the better.




Putting up the ledger board that the roof trusses will sit atop.




More ledger board up as well as bottom plates for the hallway between studios and the wall between the back of control room 2 and the instrument storage room.




Bottom plate for the back wall of control room 1.




Raising the first wall - west side of studio 1 and the booths. Pretty sure this method the framers are using wouldn’t be OSHA approved, it can be pretty sketchy at times, but its quite entertaining to watch.




First wall of the hallway, the trusses will rest and “handshake” on the hallway walls. Looking north toward the back of the house, studio 1 on the left, studio 2 on the right.




The doorway on the left side of the frame will be the entrance to studio 1 from the hallway.




Landscapers also showed up this week and started putting in sprinkler lines as well as working on the fire pit out front. Not sure if those guys are planning to be back tomorrow now that there are a few inches of snow on the ground, but I hope so.




The enormous transformer that the city requires also arrived. I have no idea what kind of bushes could ever hide this hideous thing but we will do our best.





Ariel shot showing the framing that has been done so far. So much road still ahead of us, but tomorrow morning trusses show up and in a week or so we should have this place dried in.

Last edited by juneaudio; 3rd December 2018 at 06:00 PM..
Old 3rd December 2018
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Looking great!

Doesn't the rain/snow hurt the wood that you're using for the framing? Is there any reason for not building the roof first?

Sorry if it's a stupid question.
Old 3rd December 2018
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I drove by when they were working on the sprinklers. Really surprised they were putting them in. Do they wait till spring to hook up to the water source?
Old 5th December 2018
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The landscapers were really hot on trying to get everything done, then it snowed and we haven’t seen them since!
Old 6th December 2018
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The landscapers were really hot on trying to get everything done, then it snowed and we haven’t seen them since!
S'posed to hit 40 next Monday; maybe they'll be back
Old 7th December 2018
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Are you using all local construction crews or did you bring in a specialist contractor?

Wishing you the best
Old 7th December 2018
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We have a local contractor (who we are very happy with) handling most of the job, but in a few weeks we will have the first of a few visits from Tony Brett and his crew from Brett Acoustics on North Carolina, who will handle the more complicated control room framing as well as the production and installation of the acoustic materials.
Old 7th December 2018
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Excellent news.
Old 12th December 2018
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More snow here in Utah, and definitely cold, most days hover in the low 30’s. Everyone keeps working hard and we are looking forward to our first visit from Tony Brett and Brett Acoustics in early January. Here’s what has happened since the last update:



Trusses showed up and the guys got to work setting them.



Once all the trusses were set over studio 1, Jared, our superintendent, realized that the framers had set nearly half of them upside down. A few hours later everything was fixed and by the end of the next day all the trusses were in place over the studio spaces.



Finishing up the the rest of the titan bolts that hold the ledger board to the concrete block.



All the studio space trusses in place and ready for sheeting. (Lobby trusses were built incorrectly so those will go up a little later.)



Setting the OSB sheeting over the trusses.



With all the sheeting set the roofers showed up with materials and an eye toward getting the place “dried in.”



Setting the foam insulation on the roof.



Rolling out the membrane over the foam, the seams are heat welded with a torch to keep things waterproof.



Finished roof



Setting trusses in the lobby. The plan is to paint the trusses and have everything exposed but I’m second guessing that at the moment because a simple sheetrock ceiling would hide a lot of the unusual transitions between the house / lobby / studio spaces.



Landscape work continues out front. This will be a step down fire pit with a bench all the way around. Hoping it will give clients and engineers a place to hang out when they need some fresh air.





Our landscape designers, Planted Studio, spec’d a lot of these grasses for the edges of the property. These will grow to 6-7 feet tall and form a hedge that, along with a perimeter fence, will hopefully give us a fairly private outdoor space.



Looking down Studio 1 from the booths into the future control room. Still waiting for that snow sitting where the console will be to melt.



Looking down Studio 2 toward the booth. The doorway the guys are framing will be french doors into the iso booth.



Looking down the hallway between studios toward the back door. OSB sheeting going up on the walls.


Finally moved the time-lapse cameras so we could keep capturing the work going on within the walls. The video below is updated to show the work through November 30. I was really hoping to capture the trusses being set but due to the cold weather the batteries died quickly and the cameras were out the day before the trusses were delivered! New batteries are in now and the cameras are back on the job, just need to remember to change them more often.


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Old 13th December 2018
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Such an awesome space!! Spaces plural I mean!!
Old 4 weeks ago
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Some new walls this week have started to reveal the studio spaces, it has also revealed some pretty massive areas that are unused, namely above the booths in studio 1 and above the booth of studio 2, the bathroom and the janitor closet. The space above the booths in studio 1 has close to 10’ ceilings and is roughly 25’ x 10’!

Anyway, just trying to figure out if there is something useful that can be done with that space. Some ideas we have come up with; storage for the emt plates, general storage for random stuff, echo chamber(s).

I’d love to do some echo chambers but it means more framing, more sheetrock or plaster, more money. Anyone else have any ideas?



Roof for the lobby being framed. A lot of care is being taken and will be taken in how this roof ties into the old house. So far so good.



Looking down Studio 1 from behind where the console will sit. The three booths at the end are starting to take shape.



Looking down Studio 2 from behind where the couch will sit. You can see some of that unused space above the booth at the far end. Studio 2 has one booth in the center of the rear wall and the bathroom and janitor closet are on either side and accessed from the lobby.



Today they sheeted most of the hallway between studios making it look massive.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Great updates!
I'm excited to see it come together and it's not even my studio lol. It's so cool watching the process step by step. Looking forward to seeing the end result!
Old 4 weeks ago
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That hallway can be a fantastic reverb chamber. Just open the door of the tracking room a little when tracking drums and record what happens. You’ll be smiling.
Super build!

Gr.
Dirk
Old 6 days ago
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Looking great! Some ideas for the "second floor rooms";

- Machine room
- Tech room (electronics repairs, soldering cables etc)
- Editing / writing studio
- (drum) booth
- Storage


Dutchy
Old 6 days ago
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Looking great Scott! I'm glad you are able to continue to make progress even through the cold winter. I need to stop by sometime.
Old 5 days ago
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Looking great Scott! I'm glad you are able to continue to make progress even through the cold winter. I need to stop by sometime.
Old 3 days ago
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Happy 2019! It has been a while since my last update, but given the holidays things slowed down considerably. Last week however that really changed. We were lucky to have Tony Brett from Brett Acoustics in from North Carolina to train the framing crew in the complex art of control room construction.

At this point most of the major framing is done so electrical / hvac and even the audio wiring should really get under way soon.




The wall separating tracking room 1 and the studio 1 isolation booths. You can see all of the unused space above the booths that I mentioned in my last post.




Before Christmas we had some warm weather and the landscapers continued to work out front. The fire pit on the left was finished and the “boardwalk” was installed.




Downspouts being installed on the building just in time for some snow.




Without doors the new space was open to anyone. After 1am one night an alert was sent to my phone from the canary camera I have on the back of the house. Someone was walking around and appeared to be taking interest in the tools left by the framing crew. Being unsure what his motives were I called the police and they went over to check things out. This is a screenshot from the video showing the man walking toward the policeman’s flashlight with his hands up. In the end nothing was taken and after some questions he went on his way. Needless to say we installed some doors and secured it the next day.




Tony Brett flew in on January 7 and early on the 8th got to work. First he used a laser level to establish and layout the center line of studio 1 and then set some points to show where the walls would sit.




Tony was able to shed so much light on details of the construction that were hard to pull out of the plans. I know that his onsite supervision and direction combined with Wes Lachot’s great designs are why their studios sound so great. We took advantage of his visit and had him meet with all of the subs that could come by.




Raising one of the rear side walls in control room 1.




The next wall up includes the door from the control room into the sound lock. Here they are making sure everything is plumb.




This photo shows half of the lobby, basically what you will see when you walk in the front entrance. The stairs behind the beam were poured just after Christmas along with the pads that sit under the consoles and around the cable troughs.




These pvc boxes / wire troughs sit under each of the consoles. All of the pipes that will carry audio cable around the studio terminate here.




Using the laser to set the center line in studio 2 and start laying out the walls for the isolation booth.




Setting the right speaker soffit wall in control room 2.




The framing company had some problems getting enough guys out every day. Tony (left) and superintendent Jared (right) jumped in and helped out.




The electricians started their interior work by setting the panels and getting the nylon pull tape in the conduits.




This box is where the conduit for the clean power outlets terminate. The transformer that isolates the clean power will also sit on this side.




Control room 2 framing nearly finished. View from tracking room side. Doors on left and right lead to sound locks and then into the control room, window in the middle and behind it you can see the block outs for the ATC monitors.




Raising the first of the two walls separating the isolation booths in studio 1.




Setting the left speaker soffit wall in control room 1.




Looking out of one of the isolation booths into the other booths (left) and into tracking room 1 (right).




The right speaker soffit wall in control room 1 and the doors leading out of the control room.




The front wall of control room 2.




The space between the front wall of control room 2 and tracking room 2.




Tracking room 2 looking back into control room 2 and the instrument gallery behind.




Setting the header for the tracking room 1 window.




The front wall of control room 1 was the last thing finished on Saturday night.




Front wall of control room 1. These two framers - Alejandro and Oscar - were superstars. They were acquaintances of one of the other framers and were hired last minute to come in and help out yesterday (on a Saturday) so we could get everything done before Tony returned home. They really figured out what Tony needed and were even willing to stay late after the other 11 framers had all gone home.




Looking across tracking room 1 toward the control room. Everyone worked hard this week and we are in great shape to move forward. It is so exciting to see this much progress and to finally really be able to see the rooms taking shape.

After everyone went home I shot a quick walkthrough video showing the state of things as we head into next week. Check it out below.


Old 3 days ago
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what a journey!

...maybe set up a small surround control room in the unused space? if so, how about a window into the main recording room? also, do you plan on installing multiple network and fibre cables for digital audio, midi over madi, control data, network audio etc. to/from all rooms?
Old 3 days ago
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I took a brief tour of the new facility last week. It's going to be stunning. I was captivated by the attention to detail.
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deedeeyeah, those are great ideas. unfortunately we are unable to access the area up there easily due to building codes and the space needed for a proper staircase. Beyond that isolating the space up there from the studio would just be so expensive that it wouldn't be something we could do. We will of course be wiring for network and anything else that our wiring designer Thom Canova is planning on!
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