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Old 21st August 2007
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Building my first "real" studio

Howdy!

Currently I'm preparing for building my first "real" studio and take my "home recording studio" project to the next level. I will buy myself a place somewhere and make it into a professional recording studio. Before I start looking for a place to buy I need to educate myself about studio contruction, how you know you've found a great core contruction etc. I also want to learn about investing in the music business. That's why I need some book recommendations from you guys! Thanks a lot!!
Old 21st August 2007
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http://www.johnlsayers.com/

Lots of good info. The big things to remember are a floating floor, and decoupling the different spaces via dead air space between walls.
Old 21st August 2007
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I have put some book recommendations at the bottom under point five -

The truth is that neither I (and I have built several studios) nor anybody else can tell you how to build your studio. For example, the question of the floating floor - if you live in the city or near a highway, then yes. But, as an example, our studio is half a mile from the nearest road and that raod sees perhaps ten cars a day. The only outside noise we have to protect against is bird song, so we just have a dampened floor.

Then come budget constraints, locally available building material, the kind of work you wish to do, space available etc.

So here are some pointers -

1. All studios are different, so many 'rules' that self-styled experts lay down have to fly out of the window in some cases.

2. For that reason, no professional designer will give you black and white advice on a forum. Every studio build is a suck-it-and-see situation.

3. There are hundreds (possibly thousands) of self-styled 'experts' giving totally bogus advice on line and elsewhere.

4. There are no really good forums for this stuff.

5. You need to buy two books

Home Recording Studio: Build it like the Pros. by Rod Gervais. This brilliant little book costs just $24 and is a straight-forward account of how to build a professional studio within a limited budget. It it all hands-on and very US based (matterials, brands, building codes and laws etc.) It is also very well written!

Recording Studio Design. by Phillip Newell. This is a massive 600-page work thast goes into the physics and the theory of studio design and is a must-read for anyone spending serious money on building a studio. It goes into the theory of monitor design and covers such subjects as building mobiles and OB trucks in some detail. It costs about $70 and is worth every penny!

I wish you every success in your venture (God knows, you will need it!!!) and feel free to contact me. When I am not running a recording studio, I am a media and entertainment economist.
Old 21st August 2007
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Old 21st August 2007
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Search the TAG's for "studio build"

In fact, click on that link above.

Old 21st August 2007
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Thanks guys for your help!

What's the best 3D recording studio space modelling software? I need to start forming a "real" picture of the final result as soon as possible.

If you have any pictures of creative recording studio solutions I would be glad to have a look at them.

BTW. Jules, I bet everything I need is under the tag you posted, great!! thumbsup
Old 21st August 2007
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Home Recording Studio: Build it like the Pros. by Rod Gervais. This brilliant little book costs just $24 and is a straight-forward account of how to build a professional studio within a limited budget. It it all hands-on and very US based (matterials, brands, building codes and laws etc.) It is also very well written!

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Amazon.com: Home Recording Studio: Build It like the Pros: Books: Rod Gervais
Old 21st August 2007
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3d modeling software for studio visualization

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Thanks guys for your help!

What's the best 3D recording studio space modelling software? I need to start forming a "real" picture of the final result as soon as possible.

If you have any pictures of creative recording studio solutions I would be glad to have a look at them.
I used blender (blender.org - Home) which also happens to be free/open source software. It works on Linux, MacOS and even Windows.

Here's my result: Wes Lachot Design

Expect to break ground soon, operational some time in 2009.
Old 21st August 2007
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Hi again, I just want to say thanks again for sharing these awesome recommendations! I am currently setting up my own SharePoint Content Management platform to be able to more efficiently use all the information tied to this project. It's quite a lot of work and I don't have the time, but it'll be powerful in the end, so it'll be worth it...

I saw some great studio construction maps in this thread:

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-mu...ll-studio.html

I would love to be able to design the studio in this way... Do you know what 3D modeling software Pilchner Schoustal International are using?

Big plans, little time, now I have to get some rest. Take care!
Old 21st August 2007
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Sounds like fun !!

remember to get help hanging the drywall, and budget 3 times as much $$$ as you think you need

and the wiring is just as important as the acoustics



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remember to get help hanging the drywall, and budget 3 times as much $$$ as you think you need

and the wiring is just as important as the acoustics

What could you possibly know about building a studio?......Oh yeah...never mind....heh
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