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Personal Studio Build in Northern ID
Old 27th June 2019
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Hmm .. he probably knows my niece, she's in that department. I'm a full fledged CS dude myself.
Hah, interesting, he probably does! There's a cool little scene for it there, that program came along quite a bit in the last decade I think. His last PhD student finished up last year but he still goes back quite a bit to hang with friends. The Moscow Ale House is a common stop during family visits!
Old 28th June 2019
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Your floor looks a lot like mine before. It would look really great stained and sealed. Thats what I did with mine. But my floor was brand new, as the building was built for the studio.
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Old 28th June 2019
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Your floor looks a lot like mine before. It would look really great stained and sealed. Thats what I did with mine. But my floor was brand new, as the building was built for the studio.
I love a nice polished concrete floor! I want to do one here, but my concrete was too soft... :(

Love the room so far!
Old 28th June 2019
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I actually did consider doing that. I did seal it by the way. We have a natural spring around the house and the ground is always damp. So I had to seal the floor and retaining wall as the the top of the cement wall is actually at ground level. In the end I decided to go with luxury vinyl plank. It's the really flexible kind so it will lay well. I'm not sure if I will get to that this weekend or next. But it's iminent. At a minimum my big saturday plans involve a mop
Old 28th June 2019
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Your place is looking great. Oh, I know the construction struggles in building my entire studio myself, so I can relate to the date with a mop! I understand the moisture concerns you have and you are confident in making the proper choice with the flooring selection. It will look great I'm sure.

Certainly don't want to hijack your build thread... Here is a finished photo that shows my floor. Although the photo makes it look kind of plain, it has quite a lot of texture to it with the staining. I had a couple of outright battles with it along the way, as it was the first time I ever stained concrete.

Can't wait to see your place all finished up. You will certainly enjoy it and the time, effort and money spent on the doors/glass, floors and HVAC WILL pay off indeed.
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Old 28th June 2019
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Your place is looking great. Oh, I know the construction struggles in building my entire studio myself, so I can relate to the date with a mop! I understand the moisture concerns you have and you are confident in making the proper choice with the flooring selection. It will look great I'm sure.

Certainly don't want to hijack your build thread... Here is a finished photo that shows my floor. Although the photo makes it look kind of plain, it has quite a lot of texture to it with the staining. I had a couple of outright battles with it along the way, as it was the first time I ever stained concrete.

Can't wait to see your place all finished up. You will certainly enjoy it and the time, effort and money spent on the doors/glass, floors and HVAC WILL pay off indeed.
No worries about hijacking, it's all about sharing experiences. Your room looks awesome by the way. I don't know that the folks who have posted here and in the other build threads really understand how helpful the comments are. I may not implement everything the way others have, but getting as many possibilities with their pros/cons is invaluable. Lots of comments have directly contributed to various choices along the way.
Old 28th June 2019
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I would also say that one of the keys to doing anything like this is to make sure you know what you want to do in the room. I really struggled with that. In the end it needs to not just be a mixing room. I will be using it as an office as well as my jam space. So, for example I chose to keep the room open instead of putting in tracking room. When I ran cable, I did so with both networking and audio in mind. It will not be a "flat" mastering environment. I will treat with panels at the prime reflection points, including the ceiling. But I won't totally dead the room. I would have done things VERY differently had that been the goal. I also plan on a large projection screen on the front wall at some point. A few people asked me what I wanted to do with the room at the front of the thread. It was an important question. I see that theme in most of these "none pro" projects. But it's a good thing to answer before you get too deep into things.
Old 29th June 2019
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couldn't stand to be this close and wait ... soooooooooooo

Stayed up far too late cutting and painting baseboard


we have flooring


Adhesive lay down in progress ... then the wait for it to set up rrrrr
Old 29th June 2019
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floor done, back killing me ... have to lay on the floor for a bit before attempting the baseboards.

Old 30th June 2019
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Baseboards are in! The slow hauling of the furniture and gear has begun. Cable organization is always a pain in the rear. It's going to be extra challenging as I have to run power at chest level. But, I'll figure out some way to keep that neat I hope. So we move from construction to a different long list of things to do. I have a ton of Neutrik jack soldering to do. Obviously need to get some acoustic panels built (currently I'm in an echo chamber). And of course mixer, amps, keyboards, guitars, plus all the other various gear and accoutrement.



Old 30th June 2019
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Also, The garage is only connected to the main house structure by a small roof overlap where the door is. It's almost exactly the width of the door and just above it. The access hole was just barely big enough for me to crawl through. The only real spot I had to do a network drop was on the far side of the house. I drug CAT6 about 200' by tying an end to my leg and dragging it behind as I crawled through the tiny joist join area. I then had to do some difficult drilling in an extremely small space to get down into the main floor of the house. I had to do that crawl 5 times. You have no idea what a relief it was to hook up the switch in my new room and see Mr. Blinky!
Old 1st July 2019
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I drug CAT6 about 200' by tying an end to my leg and dragging it behind as I crawled through the tiny joist join area.
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Old 1st July 2019
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lol, pretty much
Old 3rd July 2019
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AMPS ASSEMBLE!
HAH, I used to be crammed into an entire wall with those guys .. now I have elbow room so I can practice my guitar god poses. The ugly blue jack box in the back will house 4 neutrik connectors that go to the front of the room. I can mic without the dreaded cables of tripping doom!

Old 4th July 2019
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Can't wait to see the guitars and all .........

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Old 5th July 2019
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Now you're talkin'......... ! It really looks superb. I bet you feel great in there, when you're not thinking about
"what's next or what's left".

Michael
Old 5th July 2019
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Spent almost the entire day moving desks and gear .. then the dreaded cabling drill. Redoing the patchbays are going to take some time. But I got the basics done. I am testing the AC over a few days and checking the hi/low temps to make sure it's safe to move the guitars to the track. Maybe this weekend.



Old 5th July 2019
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Acoustic treatment?
Old 5th July 2019
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Acoustic treatment?
On the list. It's an echo chamber in here for sure. Interestingly it is a pleasing echo for some reason. It isn't the annoying slapback and rattle I was expecting. Anyhow, definitely will treating at some point in the near future.
Old 5th July 2019
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On the list. It's an echo chamber in here for sure. Interestingly it is a pleasing echo for some reason. It isn't the annoying slapback and rattle I was expecting. Anyhow, definitely will treating at some point in the near future.
It’s when you get to recording stuff that it’s a problem you don’t really want to have. I’m now realizing what a difference it really is. Coming from a warehouse with a bunch of panes on the wall to actually well treated spaces to record in. It’s a world of difference
Old 6th July 2019
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cabling is still being a challenge as I have to run longer distances and I wanted more access to some things than I had in my old cramped room. But I'm slowly making progress.



Decided to go ahead and bring electrics down. If we hold temperature another day, I'll bring the acoustics in.

Old 6th July 2019
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By request .. closer-up for the guitar porn oriented folks. It's so awesome to have my babies back out in the open!!!! Have to rebend all the holders so it's all level and even .. f'n OCD can't stand the slightly off-kilter hang of a few of them.

Old 12th July 2019
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what a great guitar collection, congratulations! following with interest.
Old 13th July 2019
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The next thing to follow is room treatment. That is on hold for a month or so. As has been the case, other financial interests are going to have to prevail for a bit. But I will be doing a combination of DIY and pre-made when I do start. I'm about 80% moved in. I have most of the cable run, but still have to solder the wall jack plates. I will possibly start that job this weekend.

I have a two jack like the one below and a four jack version for each side wall. So 6 jacks per wall. The four jack version on the east wall is where the earlier picture of the amps is. So I can mic up the amps without running cable everywhere.




then I have two x 6 jack plates that go in these boxes, which are right in front of the audio I/O rack.
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