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Arda Recording Company - New Studios in Porto, Portugal
Old 21st July 2019
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We've launched our YouTube channel and with it we released a small video with some footage of this build. From now on we'll keep doing videos along with the photos!

Old 1st August 2019
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wow, interesting project!
Keep us updated.

I am currently planning to install sound absortion frames in my studio (amateur).
First I thought of Rockwool, but really do not want those dust- and itchproblems.

It looks like wood fibre is a great alternative.
Can someone plese confirm/ disconfirm that it is when it comes to soundabsortion?
Old 7th August 2019
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wow, interesting project!
Keep us updated.

I am currently planning to install sound absortion frames in my studio (amateur).
First I thought of Rockwool, but really do not want those dust- and itchproblems.

It looks like wood fibre is a great alternative.
Can someone plese confirm/ disconfirm that it is when it comes to soundabsortion?
Hi Dennis,

Yeah, for this purpose the wood fibre panels will work just as well as rockwool.

We've started to place some of the insulation and the wood fibre is WAY easier to handle than rockwool (no itching!). Plus, it smells like popcorn
Old 7th August 2019
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Time for a long due update!

Construction of the acoustic structures for the studios is going well, after a long wait for more materials.

In the meantime things have been progressing steadily in the rest of the complex.


Our in-house apartment for bands, offices and production rooms:















Finally got some color on the front and back walls of the building!









The vinyl library is entering the final stages of construction as well.





The new skylights will make the offices and production rooms much more comfortable:







Old 7th August 2019
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Now the fun part!

Main corridor of the studio floor:







The live room of Studio A became a temporary storage space:







Unfortunately I'm not allowed to touch the table saw





Framing the control room of Studio A. Miguel is one of my business partners and the head of the studio building department. Here you can see him checking some plans and sporting an UTA shirt, because we all know they make some of the best gear out there.

First, the machine room:












Finishing the floor structure and framing for the vocal booth:



















Wood fibre going in:







We should be able to get the pictures flowing at a faster pace. If only the days were longer…

Last edited by Joao B.; 7th August 2019 at 06:27 PM.. Reason: typo
Old 7th August 2019
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This is truly inspiring! Such a marvelous gift to the music community in Portugal and abroad. You guys absolutely rock!

Keep up the outstanding work!
Old 8th August 2019
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This is truly inspiring! Such a marvelous gift to the music community in Portugal and abroad. You guys absolutely rock!

Keep up the outstanding work!
Thanks man! Hopefully you can visit when it's ready.

We should definitely hang out again next time I'm in LV.
Old 11th August 2019
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And a new video is up!

Old 14th August 2019
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Man this is going to be one hell of a studio...you must have a huge record collection going in there!

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Unfortunately I'm not allowed to touch the table saw
They might be on the right track there considering that isn't a table saw!

Looking great, excited to see what the final finish and trim looks like.
Old 14th August 2019
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Man this is going to be one hell of a studio...you must have a huge record collection going in there!
The record collection belongs to the City Hall, it has a lot of very old Portuguese folk records that you can’t find anywhere else (among other cool stuff). It’s a great project and we’re thrilled to help them make the records available to the public.

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They might be on the right track there considering that isn't a table saw!
Oops you’re right. I guess the correct term is mitre saw?
Old 31st August 2019
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New pictures! Not the best looking photos, but...


Framing of Control Room A:






immortalising my beautiful drawing skills behind the control room wall










Our crew has great musical taste. We also like recording gear.







Building the ceilings of Studio D, and machine room/vocal booth in Studio A:









Air ducts, electrical wiring and final layer of acoustic treatment in Studio D:









Old gate going out, new gate going in. Also, the ceiling in the studio's main corridor was painted:









Air ducts and wiring of the machine room and vocal booth in Studio A:











Back wall membrane:




Laying the floors of Studio B, Studio C and the Mastering room:













Framing of Control Room B:





After being delayed for almost a month, we finally got the main admission duct for the studios and production rooms.




Old 5th September 2019
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I'll try to do smaller updates more more regularly.


Backwall membranes and ceiling joists in Control Room A:










Framing of Control Room B and first wall going up in the recording booth of Studio C:



Old 9th September 2019
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Doing the ceiling and lighting in Control Room B (notice the gap between the first layer of the ceiling and the structural slab above)








Riser in Control Room A so the producer can see above the engineer's head into the live room. It is built out of a very dense and heavy layer of materials in order to avoid acoustic interferences in the room.

The credenza with the outboard gear will be placed in front of this.








In order of appearance: walls going up in the mastering room (these fu*kers are heavy!), first framing in Control Room C and ceiling treatment in Control Room A.





Old 11th September 2019
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I'm always fascinated by differing framing methods around the world. Why not sit the ceiling joists on top of the top wall plates? Thanks
Old 11th September 2019
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I'm always fascinated by differing framing methods around the world. Why not sit the ceiling joists on top of the top wall plates? Thanks
We do it this way just so the drywall/membrane on the outside of the wall frame can rise over the joists, where it then meets the ceiling drywall layers that sit on top of those same joists. That way we have a drywall/membrane layer going all around the walls and ceiling that’s basically continuous, and everything else works on the inside of that.

While it’s not at all traditional it is the most efficient way we know of that allows us to seal the inner shell on the outside while building it from the inside.
Old 11th September 2019
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Episode #03 is online!

Old 3 weeks ago
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Slowly but steadily we are reaching the end of the construction stage. Most of the acoustic structures of the smaller studios are done, next comes the fabric, wiring, doors, gear, etc..

Long time no post, so this is going to be a big one.


Studio A:

Marking the light fixtures on the floor. Almost had a little accident while wiring the ceiling.






Clearing the main room in order to build the floor:
















We used special drywall corners to kill the angles of the echo chamber, then plastered it. It takes forever to dry up but it's starting to sound pretty interesting.










Started wiring the control room, and got the fabric for the studios.








Studio B:

Control room is pretty much finished, just waiting on the vinyl floor and fabric. Live room should be done in a couple of days.

















Old 3 weeks ago
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Studio C and D:

I don't have recent pictures but Studio C and D are pretty much done. We have the distribution boards in place ready for the electrician to connect the main wires.









Detail pic of one of the doors we're building for the studios. These are gonna be really heavy.




Mastering Studio:

This one is also well underway. After framing the main structure we built the wall that will house the speakers. Behind that there's a little machine room for noisy stuff. Last picture shows some of the treatment for the backwall.














Other stuff:

The rest of the complex is almost finished as well. The carpenters are doing all the finishings, and the painters are working steadily.



Doing the deck in the backyard and pouring the black dirt for the grass that will come later.












Installing the HVAC for the studios.








Vinyl library is finished, and we moved all the records in.






In the next couple of weeks we get to the good stuff. Gear coming in, doing the final trims, and so on and so on.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Amazing project!

Greetings.
Dirk
Old 3 weeks ago
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Amazing project!

Greetings.
Dirk
Thanks Dirk!

I remember watching your studio build thread a few years back, very inspiring!
Old 3 weeks ago
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Vinyl library is finished, and we moved all the records in.

Looks nice!!
Can you elaborate on the Vinyl Library?
Looks really huge!
I will have to do a visit when the studio is finished.

Cumprimentos
Old 3 weeks ago
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Looks nice!!
Can you elaborate on the Vinyl Library?
Looks really huge!
I will have to do a visit when the studio is finished.

Cumprimentos
Sure. This library is a project we're doing in collaboration with the city council. They have around 35.000 records (donated a long time ago by 2 major radio stations) and they rented a room in our complex so the general public can have free access to the records.

It's going to work like a regular library, people can come in and search for a record in the database, then listen to it on one of 3 listening stations. We will also do other stuff with the collection, like podcasts, events based on the recordings, and weekly public listening sessions to discuss a record in particular among other things.

It's an awesome project, and there are a lot of gems hidden in there. Some stuff is really hard to find anywhere else, like old recordings of Portuguese folk music and stuff like that. We'll also work on archiving some of these to a digital medium.

Where are you from? Feel free to stop by for a visit anytime you're in Porto.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Sure. This library is a project we're doing in collaboration with the city council. They have around 35.000 records (donated a long time ago by 2 major radio stations) and they rented a room in our complex so the general public can have free access to the records.

It's going to work like a regular library, people can come in and search for a record in the database, then listen to it on one of 3 listening stations. We will also do other stuff with the collection, like podcasts, events based on the recordings, and weekly public listening sessions to discuss a record in particular among other things.

It's an awesome project, and there are a lot of gems hidden in there. Some stuff is really hard to find anywhere else, like old recordings of Portuguese folk music and stuff like that. We'll also work on archiving some of these to a digital medium.

Where are you from? Feel free to stop by for a visit anytime you're in Porto.
Algarve!

I will for sure!
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