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Archive Mastering - a Northward FTB build recap
Old 17th April 2018
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Archive Mastering - a Northward FTB build recap

Hi all, I've recently completed the last details of a new ground up Thomas Jouanjean / Northward Acoustics designed FTB mastering room here in Halifax.

I had intended to post a build diary as we went, but things got super hectic trying to maintain a regular mastering schedule while keeping construction on course as well.

But if there's any interest I thought I might post a little recap of the construction process here now that its done.

As a starter here are a couple pics from near the end of the process.

Best,

- J.
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Old 17th April 2018
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Going way back to the beginning, April 2016. The studio is built on land we own in Mineville, NS (Canada), just outside of the city of Halifax.

We have 10 acres of former farmland here (previously a strawberry farm), with water frontage and a combo of cleared land and forest, far from the road and very quiet.

First step is to tear down an old building where the new studio will go. The roof trusses and walls were removed whole and given away to be re-assembled elsewhere, rather than go in the landfill.

At the same time, a road is being cleared so we can access the power line to install a new transformer.
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Old 17th April 2018
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Breaking up the old slab and using it to form a retaining wall, then prepping the site for the new foundation.
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Old 17th April 2018
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First of three concrete pours.
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Old 18th April 2018
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Second concrete pour, which is a raised curb all around the perimeter. This will hold the outer shell of the building.
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Old 18th April 2018
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The exterior shell coming together. Part of the plan for the building was high energy efficiency, and the rigid foam on the exterior is part of that.
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Old 18th April 2018
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Third concrete pour, this time for the inner studio shell, with cable ducts.
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Old 19th April 2018
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Thomas’s rooms sound great!

Congratulations.. I aspire to have one built one day

Wiggy
Old 19th April 2018
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Nice, keep it comming .

What are the outer shell dimensions of your room (before the acoustic treatment)?
Old 19th April 2018
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Nice, keep it comming .

What are the outer shell dimensions of your room (before the acoustic treatment)?
Around W5.5/L9m.
Old 19th April 2018
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5.5m - that's on a smaller side. Good to see it is possible to make it work. It's so hard to find large(r) rooms. The ceiling looks comfortably high though.
Old 19th April 2018
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Congratulations.. I aspire to have one built one day
Thanks!
Old 19th April 2018
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5.5m - that's on a smaller side. Good to see it is possible to make it work. It's so hard to find large(r) rooms. The ceiling looks comfortably high though.
My previous room was larger and always felt a bit cavernous, especially when working alone. This one feels like just the right size.
Old 19th April 2018
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August 2016. Outer shell is complete and weather tight. Now things start to get interesting!

The concrete floor for the inner shell has cured sufficiently to be prepped with an osb layer which makes it easier to finish the cable ducts, and provides a thermal expansion interface for the eventual finished flooring.

At this point we changed over to a new crew that will be doing all the detailed inner shell work.

The first crew did an awesome job with the heavy duty foundation and exterior structural parts, and we bid them adieu until much later when they came back to do some more exterior concrete patio and stair work.

Here the first parts of the inner shell framing are going up.
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Old 19th April 2018
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First parts of the inner shell framing are done and insulated.
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Old 25th April 2018
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September 2016. Numerous layers of OSB, drywall, and asphalt damping go up on the inner shell walls. Ceiling structure is completed. The giant super heavy bulkhead that separates the lounge from the mastering room goes up. Exterior glass gets installed and we get an exciting first look and feel for the view.
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Old 25th April 2018
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love it. keep 'em coming!
Old 25th April 2018
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Looking great J, thanks for sharing the building of - I can't wait to visit someday!
-Dario
Old 26th April 2018
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Looking great J, thanks for sharing the building of - I can't wait to visit someday!
-Dario
Hi Dario, soon!
Old 18th May 2018
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October - December 2016, inner acoustics are built up layer by layer with rockwool, Homatherm, and many super interesting and innovative structures that I can’t show publicly because they are proprietary Northward Acoustics design features. Walls and ceiling start to take shape close to their final inner dimensions.
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Old 1st June 2018
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January 2017, inner acoustic layers near completion, doors go in, electrical and HVAC gets installed, lounge takes shape.

At this point we are really racing to get things completed in time for Thomas to visit in March to install the speakers. Getting close!
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Old 5th June 2018
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February 2017 - the last layers of rockwool and Homatherm are installed, completing the inner acoustics. The massive speaker area glass is installed, which is super nerve wracking, but it goes off without a hitch. If I remember correctly the weight and density of the glass is the acoustic equivalent of 9 layers of drywall! Next step, speaker installation.
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Old 7th June 2018
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Looks amazing! Thank you so much for documenting everything so well, and thank you for sharing everything you can!!!
Old 10th July 2018
  #24
March 2017, last post of the studio construction recap. After nearly 10 months of construction the big day arrives - speaker installation, testing, and first listen! Thomas Jouanjean is on site to install the speaker nacelles in the glass, and tension and calibrate the system. We also installed the new ATC tweeters in the 150s. An amazing day all around, and a huge success as everything performs and measures as expected, to full FTB spec.
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Old 30th July 2018
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finished photos

Archive Mastering, July 2018. I have to pinch myself everyday when I walk in here.

Credits

Design and acoustic engineering: Thomas Jouanjean, Northward Acoustics

Exterior shell construction: Frank Wiegert Construction Ltd.

Interior shell and acoustics construction: Brannen Craftsmen Ltd. - John Brannen, Ron Murphy, Jamie Muise

Audio and Network Wiring Design Assistance: Graeme Campbell

I cannot say enough good things about all of those above who helped make this project a reality. A million thanks!
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Old 31st July 2018
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Looks great J, only one thing- did you throw out the ATR?
That EQ below the DAV looks interesting!
Old 1st August 2018
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Looks great J, only one thing- did you throw out the ATR?
Haha, the ATR kept messing up the symmetry of the pics so it got rolled out for the photo shoot. Rest assured I'm still rolling tape regularly.

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That EQ below the DAV looks interesting!
What track wouldn't want a little gravy from the Grand Poutine?
Old 16th August 2018
  #28
Congratulations. And welcome to the Northward Family!
Old 16th August 2018
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Congratulations. And welcome to the Northward Family!
Thanks! Feels great to not have to think about the room anymore (perhaps ever!).
Old 5th September 2018
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Great stuff, looks amazing!

Enjoy!
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