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Old 4th May 2018
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A little off-topic but can I ask: what is your side snare, and do you have any stability problems with it being so far from the centre of gravity of the hi-hat stand?
Old 5th May 2018
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A little off-topic but can I ask: what is your side snare, and do you have any stability problems with it being so far from the centre of gravity of the hi-hat stand?

No worries. Everything is on topic in this thread! Lol. That is actually a mini-timbale. No issues with stability. Only weighs about 2lbs. It only gets Un-muted when it’s struck. I can’t hear any rattling or rumbling affect on the hats so I leave it attached. I’d probably take it off if there is a guest drummer using the house kit though.

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Old 8th May 2018
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The room sounds great.

Thought about rounded wall diffusers? Not that you'll need them. But that final tuning can carry on for months / years.
And that's a big room!
Old 9th May 2018
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The room sounds great.

Thought about rounded wall diffusers? Not that you'll need them. But that final tuning can carry on for months / years.
And that's a big room!

Thanks Salty! Yeah I'm still fine tuning the treatment. Had a buddy come and shoot the room a couple weeks ago. I learned a lot. All in all, no big issues or surprises thank goodness. I just need to adjust. I'm listening to a lot of reference material to get accustomed to the room before I do anything critical each day.
Old 26th May 2018
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My buddy came thru today and took some professional photos of the space. Here are a few he sent me.



P.S. Been working a few productions the past couple weeks but I'm finally ready to take bookings now.



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Old 26th May 2018
  #156
That looks awesome! Great photos too. Congratulations on the build and the results. What a great place to make music in
Old 27th May 2018
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Superb! Congratulations! and best of luck with your studio future!
Michael
Old 5th June 2018
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Looks incredible! Congrats with the build.
Old 10th June 2018
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Smile Funny Cat you’re living my dream. I have hopes of converting a space like that one day. I’m curious to know how you like having your console in the same room being as the room is so big? I’m all in the same room out of necessity but I’ve often wondered if in moving to a more traditional control room/live room setup I might sort of miss the intimacy. On the other hand if the one room is so large that you’re 30 feet from whatever you’re recording anyway, what’s a wall and a door in between. Did you consider two rooms? Just curious to hear some of your thinking behind the decision making.

Oh wait unless that’s why you wanted your wife’s art studio to be in the smaller space. Makes more sense to convert that into a control room later.
Old 11th June 2018
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Smile Funny Cat you’re living my dream. I have hopes of converting a space like that one day. I’m curious to know how you like having your console in the same room being as the room is so big? I’m all in the same room out of necessity but I’ve often wondered if in moving to a more traditional control room/live room setup I might sort of miss the intimacy. On the other hand if the one room is so large that you’re 30 feet from whatever you’re recording anyway, what’s a wall and a door in between. Did you consider two rooms? Just curious to hear some of your thinking behind the decision making.

Oh wait unless that’s why you wanted your wife’s art studio to be in the smaller space. Makes more sense to convert that into a control room later.

Thanks man! I appreciate the kind words and YES on the wifey comment. ;0) Heh!

Yeah it’s taking some getting used to... the mixing in a less intimate space part since I’ve been mixing in small “hyper” treated and almost completely dead control rooms most my life but I’m slowly adjusting. I’m actually starting to think about it less and less as I work. It just feels real good in here, especially once I get the lights dimmed and the incense going, lol.

The mixing area is actually quite dead and the back half of the room still has a little life. Reverb time is really good. Everyone who’s come in so far is quite impressed at how tight the room sounds.

I mostly decided to keep it open bc I like the communication aspect when everyone is in the same relative space. I also didn’t build a dedicated control room bc It was less work for me (I did about 90% of the build myself and started getting exhausted!) and I saved a little on the construction end. I’ve done a couple test sessions and it’s working out great so far! Especially the communication part. :0)
Old 11th June 2018
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Glad it’s working for you. It does eliminate a number of logistical issues being in the same room like that. And it’s cool that you were able to do so much of it yourself. I’ve never been quite so handy which worries me a bit bc I have dealt with contractors and I’m not sure which is the lesser of two evils lol.
Old 20th June 2018
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Glad it’s working for you. It does eliminate a number of logistical issues being in the same room like that. And it’s cool that you were able to do so much of it yourself. I’ve never been quite so handy which worries me a bit bc I have dealt with contractors and I’m not sure which is the lesser of two evils lol.

Just DO IT! If you screw up...THEN you call in the contractor.
Old 21st February 2019
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Amazing space.
Very curious to hear some sounds.

Give us some material!
Old 27th February 2019
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Wow !
Old 6th June 2019
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Damn!!! This is beyond amazing! Been thinking to convert my 'much' smaller 2 car garage into a recording/rehearsal room and that brought me to this thread. What a project!

I don't need the iso room. I won't be recording bands or anything, so the whole room would be a relatively big room...but man looking at these pics I don't really know what to say anymore!
Old 6th June 2019
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Amazing space.
Very curious to hear some sounds.

Give us some material!

Hey Salty! Sorry I missed this. Here is a snippet of a session I posted in the "Pictures of drums Mic'd up" thread. My post is No. 4874 on page 163.


Pictures Of Mic'ed Up Drum Kits In The Studio


And here is the full thread link if you want to check out some of the other pics of drums mic'd up. Superb thread by the way, that one!
Old 6th June 2019
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Damn!!! This is beyond amazing! Been thinking to convert my 'much' smaller 2 car garage into a recording/rehearsal room and that brought me to this thread. What a project!

I don't need the iso room. I won't be recording bands or anything, so the whole room would be a relatively big room...but man looking at these pics I don't really know what to say anymore!

Thanks man! Yeah I feel very blessed to have this space...and on my property is a huge bonus! Took me something like 15 yrs. to get to this point though so hang in there and put out positive thoughts and it'll happen for you one day.

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Old 3rd August 2020
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Such a great thread! I'm getting ready to purchase a house with an RV garage for this reason. As long as I leave enough room for my Wife's cars, I'm cleared to move forward lol. I'm a big DIY-er and can't wait to really dig into the particulars of the build.

Any updates or changes in the last year?

What range of budget should I be considering for this type of build-out?
A significant change in my design is isolating the control room, more-so out of preference than anything else.

Thanks in advance and warmest regards,

Chris G.
Old 4th August 2020
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Hey there totally forgot about this thread. PM if you want to discuss costs but otherwise I’m happy answer any questions here. I love the studio and everyone who comes in is thoroughly impressed. My first priority was to create a vibe. Things have evolved a little, especially with regards to room treatment e.g. adding more Standing gobos, panels here and there to kill flutter echoes and shorten decay times but the most evolution is in the way of what mics Have become first choice. Like they say, everything starts at the source! Good luck with your build out!
Old 4th August 2020
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Here is a video shot at my studio a little less than a year back.

I didn't mix the tune, I only did the tracking but this was a very fun project.

Everyone live of the floor playing together. :0)



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Old 7th August 2020
  #171
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@ Fun ny Cat

Do you have a dedicated surge protector for the panel feeding your studio?
Old 8th August 2020
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@ Fun ny Cat

Do you have a dedicated surge protector for the panel feeding your studio?
No I don’t. Just three separate circuits and a power conditioner. Haven’t had any issues yet.
Old 8th August 2020
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Ok. I did have an issue. Like you I also have a power conditioner which a number of gears are connected to, but I don't have a surge protector for the whole thing. A bird crashed into some power cables and blew transformers. We heard two real loud pops and smoke started coming out the outlets. It fried my brand new minisplit power conditioner in the studio. They gave me a new one, but it's a messy job to put a new one back in. I was told if I had a surge protector for the sub panel feeding the studio, it might've survived the surge.

This will probably happen again one day, so I'm trying to do a little research on the subject.
Old 8th August 2020
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Crap that sucks. Sorry to hear that. I’ve never heard of birds causing a surge before. Seems like the sub panel should have tripped before sending all that power into your studio but I guess not. Ouch! Let us know what you find and definitely get a surge protector if this seems likely to occur again. Good luck.

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Old 8th August 2020
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Ok. I did have an issue. Like you I also have a power conditioner which a number of gears are connected to, but I don't have a surge protector for the whole thing. A bird crashed into some power cables and blew transformers. We heard two real loud pops and smoke started coming out the outlets. It fried my brand new minisplit power conditioner in the studio. They gave me a new one, but it's a messy job to put a new one back in. I was told if I had a surge protector for the sub panel feeding the studio, it might've survived the surge.

This will probably happen again one day, so I'm trying to do a little research on the subject.

Actually I was wrong! I do have surge protectors in my studio and everything is connected to them!!! I wasn't thinking deeply when I responded to your question the other day but just remembered a few moments ago that power strips can have "surge protection" AKA "surge suppression" built in and low and behold mine are surge protection strips. I just checked my original order. I have x3 Opentron OT4126 Metal Surge Protector Power Strip Extension Cords that are four feet long, one on each circuit that everything connects to. I daisy chain all my equipment off these strips. You can see a pic below and I pasted the link where I bought them on amazon. Anyway, good luck with your issue. I hope you get it resolved.


https://www.amazon.com/Opentron-OT41...tronics&sr=1-2





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Old 8th August 2020
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Thanks a lot! This is helpful indeed.
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