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Circle Studios Birmingham - studio build/refurb
Old 5th November 2008
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Circle Studios Birmingham - studio build/refurb

What is the best sounding recording studio or room in England to record drums? This thread is gonna follow a build, from the ground up, of a recording studio designed to meet exactly that criteria. Why? Most of the big studios in the UK with great sounding drum rooms have closed down. To sound their best, drums still need to be recorded in a great sounding room.

Here's the basic current layout (note I'm crap with sketchup):



Note the above is being completely ripped out. Here's the basic plan we are working to:



As you'll see, the direction will change a bit along the way. Pull up a chair and settle down. This is gonna take some time...
Old 6th November 2008
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I'd love to rotate around inside that model, can you post the actual file?
Old 9th November 2008
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Sorry, no idea how to and I'd have to discuss with the designer first anyway.

Here's a few before photos:



and another:

Old 10th December 2008
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The ripping out process begins:





And ends:

Old 10th December 2008
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Awesome, looks like a great space!
Old 9th January 2009
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Looking good. Will be great to have a quality studio in the Birmingham area.

Best of luck

Paul
Old 17th January 2009
  #7
Formwork for floating floor of main live room goes in:



Old 25th January 2009
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A cool thing happened as we finalised the floating floor arrangements: we realised how we could free up and extra 3 feet of space (by removing the staircase up to the storage space and putting a circular one in the lounge). This gives us an extra 3 feet of space for the control room. Am very pleased! Reinforcement should be finished tomorrow. Concrete is being poured this Tuesday. Pics to follow.
Old 28th January 2009
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Floats are down, DPC in place and metalwork almost complete:

Old 30th January 2009
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Sooooo... long overdue but the concrete arrived today. Here's how it went:

1. We hoped the mixer would be abe to back all the way in (it just made it) but with a chute just short of 3 metres that would be a lot of work to shift 14 cubic metres of concrete so a chute of about another 2.5 metres was devised so we would at least get it dumped in the middle of the room:



2. From there on in it went pretty smoothly:



3. But sh*t there was a lot of it:



[this was the point I went to lunch and left the builders to it]

4. And this was how it looked when I got back...nice finish though:

Old 31st January 2009
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Nice!
Old 31st January 2009
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Congrats and best wishes! You'll be able to do well with that amount of space. The loft area is interesting too- what do you plan to do with it... just storage?




-SD
Old 31st January 2009
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Thanks guys. Four weeks estimated for the structure of the live room to be finished then we can start treating it.

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Congrats and best wishes! You'll be able to do well with that amount of space. The loft area is interesting too- what do you plan to do with it... just storage?
-SD
Lounge, playstation, foozball table.
Old 31st January 2009
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Thanks guys. Four weeks estimated for the structure of the live room to be finished then we can start treating it.



Lounge, playstation, foozball table.
Awesome! Are you planning on keeping it open... maybe some nice lighting? OK! I admit! I'm vicariously imagining how that loft would look when gazing up from the lower recording area


-SD
Old 31st January 2009
  #15
Sadly not. That was in the original plan but due to the cost of the glass (and the demise of the Icelandic bank with my savings) we decided to pull it from the final build plan.
Old 8th February 2009
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Man it's been a long 10days! Builders should be back in this week to start on the blockwork! More pics as the week unfolds!
Old 9th February 2009
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Great! Hang in there man. I know how it feels when the music seems so far a-w-a-y.


-SD
Old 9th February 2009
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Nice project!

Just out of sheer curiosity, what did you float your floor with?

May I ask who the designer is?
Old 9th February 2009
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Max hodges is the designer. Can't remember the name of the stuff used to float the floor. Essentially a form of rubber mat made for the purpose by a UK acoustics company. I think Max is a semi- regular lurker so I'll leave him to fill in techy details. Feel free to pm me any whizzy ideas! ;-)
Old 10th February 2009
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Max hodges is the designer. Can't remember the name of the stuff used to float the floor. Essentially a form of rubber mat made for the purpose by a UK acoustics company. I think Max is a semi- regular lurker so I'll leave him to fill in techy details. Feel free to pm me any whizzy ideas! ;-)
I'd be interested to know if underfloor heating was considered for the floating floor? Lower cost to heat your room in a very even and pleasant manner, plus no acoustic issues with radiators... or is there an inherent problem using underfloor heating with floating floors?

Cheers
Chris
Old 10th February 2009
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Underfloor heating was an option but we decided to lay 4 inches of wood on top of the concrete so was quickly dismissed. We decided to go the hvac route for heating and cooling.
Old 11th February 2009
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Why the wood on top of the concrete? Aesthetic or acoustics reasons?
Old 11th February 2009
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Re-arrange the words in this well known sentence:

"Can worms question your is a"

Take a look in the thread on cathedral ceilings to understand:
Old 11th February 2009
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Why the wood on top of the concrete? Aesthetic or acoustics reasons?
Cathedral vs flat ceiling
Old 11th February 2009
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Re-arrange the words in this well known sentence:

"Can worms question your is a"

Take a look in the thread on cathedral ceilings to understand:
haha!

beat me to it!
Old 11th February 2009
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haha!

beat me to it!
Indeed. Please let's not take my studio thread in that particular direction...
Old 11th February 2009
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Indeed. Please let's not take my studio thread in that particular direction...
Ha ha!!! Indeed! Alright, question withdrawn, but wasn't trying to be argumentative or start a new mess!!! I was just curious about your choice, that's all.
Old 14th February 2009
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After a pain in the butt week the first load of concrete blocks and a couple of tons of sand and cement arrived on Friday:

Old 15th February 2009
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After a pain in the butt week the first load of concrete blocks and a couple of tons of sand and cement arrived on Friday:
Sweet!

But I hope you have a ladder close in case of a fire!
Old 17th February 2009
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Sweet!

But I hope you have a ladder close in case of a fire!
Got a good chuckle out of that.heh
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