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Make Believe Studio's New Studio Compound. Omaha NE.
Old 22nd October 2013
  #1
Make Believe Studio's New Studio Compound. Omaha NE.

Hello!

We are excited to announce the construction of our new facility. We will be building 3 control rooms and a new live room.

The first room I want to talk about is our new tracking space. We have hired Rod Gervais to design the "west" studio.

As we go along we will be posting more pictures but for now I have a teaser photo, a crappy hand drawing of the space and a picture of a rack of vintage capitol eqs that will be in the studio.

There is alot of thought and design that we have going into the layout of the equipment. We are hoping to make a very comfortable space to make records.

The west studio will feature Brian Roth's Custom console designed in 1977 by Brian at the age of 24. This is 1 of 2. Jensen transformers on the input and peerless transformers in a patchbay for transformerless or transformered.

We are more interested in creating a wonderful vibe so anything you have ever loved about a studio please share.

As for the other two control rooms.

One will be my mix room and will house our SSL 6040. The other room will be a multipurpose studio used for writing as well as overdubs. It will also function as a lounge when not in use.





More photos to come and I will hopefully be updating daily.

Thanks for reading,

Rick Carson
Old 24th October 2013
  #2


This is what will end up being the main live room. we have been doing lots of measurements today.
Old 24th October 2013
  #3

Outside shot of the building.


Oposite side of live room.
Old 24th October 2013
  #4
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Looks like a great space! How large is the building and are you buying or leasing it?
Old 24th October 2013
  #5
Thank you!

The building was purchased by someone from the business and leased back to Make Believe. The business has a very favorable lease with many options and extensions as well as rights to first refusal.
Old 29th October 2013
  #6
So we just went and got the new console this past weekend. We thought we would use the opportunity with the u haul to grab the SSL out of storage.
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Old 5th November 2013
  #7
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Well hot Damn!
Old 25th February 2014
  #8
This is awesome!
Old 27th February 2014
  #9
Construction Week 1

So it's been a few months, but the wait is over. Full construction started last week and things are moving along smoothly. We've been demoing walls and getting the footings ready for our new support beams. Next on the agenda; plumbing, polished cement floors, block work, and then onto framing.

Here's a few photos to show our progress thus far.
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Old 28th February 2014
  #10
More demolition

Here's a bit more progress from today's day of work. Just getting our footings ready and clearing out a bit of the debris.
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Old 1st March 2014
  #11
Here for the gear
 

Progress

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Old 1st March 2014
  #12
Love that first photo in your original post. I'd leave the chandelier, drop the SSL in the middle of that room and get working

Reminds me a little of the Big Room at Peter Gabriel's studio - big windows, lots of light, open feeling. Don't lose that!

Nick Froome
Old 2nd March 2014
  #13
While I would love to it doesnt work from an isolation or people traffic point of view!!
Old 5th March 2014
  #14
Looks like a lovely place for a studio! I love the light beaming through the windows in the first picture in your first post. I hope those windows will stay, the view of nature is very inspiring.
Old 21st March 2014
  #15
Lumber, Plumbing, and Tech Work

We received our lumber this week, waiting on a few more things to be finished, then walls start going up. Here's a photo of a bit of the plumbing work. And finally our good friend Derek soldering/recapping our SSL boards. More updates too come.
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Old 3rd April 2014
  #16
Big Progress

We've moved from stage one to stage two of construction this week. We are super excited to see walls going up. And steel beams and columns are finally in! The transformation only gets even better from here. We start backfilling and pouring concrete here in a day or two. More updates to come, but here are a few photos until then.
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Old 4th April 2014
  #17
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This looks great, it's so nice that you get to have natural light in the control room, I hope you get to keep as much as possible.
Old 4th April 2014
  #18
There will be NO natural light in the control room. The windows leads straight to our courtyard where other people can be distracting.There will be light in other spaces but not in the control room.
Old 10th April 2014
  #19
Cement

We poured cement yesterday. Here's a few photos of the work in progress. More photos of the next pour and some framing to come later this week. Enjoy.
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Old 11th April 2014
  #20
More Supplies

Some larger parallams and blocks were delivered today. Also, the gas and hot water were finally finished today. Tomorrow we block the front of the building back in. Here's a few more photos.
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Old 1st May 2014
  #21
Progress

Sorry for the delay, but here's the progress through the last couple weeks. Last week we made some big pushes with the framing of the live room and control room. Yesterday the masonry workers started blocking in the front of the building, but due to rain the building will not be finished being blocked out until tomorrow.
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Old 2nd July 2014
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Sidewalk, block work, plywood, and drywall

After a delay in construction, we're back in full swing. The front of the buildings walkway is getting finished today. Drywall and plywood came in this week and walls are going up.


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Old 7th July 2014
  #23
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Lookin' great Rick!

I need to PM you next time I'm coming into town. Would love to stop in and check out your build.
Old 9th July 2014
  #24
You definitely should!! its moving fast. Drywall will be done tomorrow!!
Old 11th July 2014
  #25
Insulation, Plywood, Sheetrock

So the construction has been pretty continuous the last couple weeks. Here are a few more photos to show the progress of the main control room and main live room. And a photo of the demo on the back of the building
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Old 12th July 2014
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The Control Room

Sheet Rock was hung in the control room today. Here are few photos of the studio walls with sheet rock. We start running conduit tomorrow. More Photos to come.
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Old 13th July 2014
  #27
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awesome Rick,nice work keep us posted:D:D:D
Old 16th July 2014
  #28
Continued Progress.

Well its been a busy week. Constant work and progress. It's becoming very real at this point. Here are a few photos of insulation, drywall, doors and entries.
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Old 17th July 2014
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A few more photos from yesterday and today

Dug trenches for conduit. Finishing this up tomorrow so we can start running wires. Drywall should be finished by weeks end as well.
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Old 23rd July 2014
  #30
Conduit and Drywall

They just finished conduit and the ever long drywall job is about done. Four layers of drywall on all ceilings!!
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