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Making a studio better!
Old 17th March 2009
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Making a studio better!

What improvements have you made in your studio lately that left you wondering, "Why didn't I do this years ago!?" I want more ideas from you guys!

I'll start...

A) Moved the noisy computer/Pro Tools rig/hard drives/console power supply into the next room (The control room is freakishly quiet now!)

B) Repaired many broken mic stands with spare parts from other broken stands.

C) Installed shelves in one of the iso-booths to store mic stands.

D) Installed nice little hooks on the wall next to the patch-bay to hold our TT cables.

E) Replaced the speaker/amp/gain staging in the chamber so that engineers can blast it loud without us worrying about breaking anything.

F) Replaced the noisy AC fans on the power supplies for our tape machine with Silenx fans
Old 18th March 2009
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Bought a Tascam US2400 control surface to mix like a an engineer vs a mouse man.
Old 18th March 2009
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What improvements have you made in your studio lately that left you wondering, "Why didn't I do this years ago!?" I want more ideas from you guys!

I'll start...


C) Installed shelves in one of the iso-booths to store mic stands.
If it's not too much to ask, could you post some pictures?
Old 18th March 2009
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Air fresheners... especially near the drums.

Lava lamps. Lots of lava lamps!

Regular cleaning... espeically near the drums.
Old 18th March 2009
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better reading material. i wish i could afford more improvements!

i really want a US 2400 too, but credit cards are ripping me one right now...
Old 18th March 2009
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1. Bought some tape decks.
2. Hired Bob Hodas to tune my room.
3. Ripped out the carpet in the iso booth.

Brad
Old 18th March 2009
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Air fresheners... especially near the drums.

Lava lamps. Lots of lava lamps!

Regular cleaning... espeically near the drums.
heh
Old 19th March 2009
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If it's not too much to ask, could you post some pictures?
I'll try to get one of our assistants to snap a photo for me. All I have is a 35mm.. :(
Old 19th March 2009
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Shifted the whole control room setup closer to the back wall. I had a mode that took my first few months to figure out.

Ignorance is NOT bliss.

I am glad I can laugh about that now, 10 years later!

Old 19th March 2009
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Stopped recording raphehheh
Old 19th March 2009
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Stopped recording raphehheh
Oh god I can't wait till the day I can do that. Soon hopefully.
Old 19th March 2009
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Stopped recording raphehheh
Maybe thatz what made mine better tooheh
Old 19th March 2009
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Ok I'll play as this was a big-redo year for me.

Not counting gear:

1. Treated my room with GIK Traps and reflectors
2. Put my monitors on Prime Acoustics recoil stabilizers
3. Had my brother in law build me an actual recording desk which I spent 3 months designing.
4. Had a professional interior decorator re-do the look of my room which included:

A. Getting rid of every bit of non-essential nick-nacks and odds and ends (she called it getting rid of the eclectic dorm room look)
B. Purchasing matching furniture for clients to sit on (Ikea)
C. New lighting (again Ikea)
D. New coat of paint.

5. Re-Oragnize my gear and patch bay for better workflow (still twaeking this)
6. I bought wooden peg hat / coat racks and used them to hang only the cables & headphones I would need on an average session and put the others in a store room, again this was keeping to the only essential items, uncluttered, professional looking, workflow idea.
7. Got a better thermostat to regulate my outrageous WI winter heating bills.
8 Sealed in the only window in the place with foam, insulation and drywall.
9. Built a removable sealed cover for my in-the-wall (window) AC unit.
10. I also religiously now put everything away after every session and use canned air and a swiffer duster weekly.


XJ
Old 20th March 2009
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Bought a Tascam US2400 control surface to mix like a an engineer vs a mouse man.
I didnt think these were available anymore... ?
Old 20th March 2009
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I didnt think these were available anymore... ?

They are not. They contain a small amount of lead that makes them unavailable now. I guess to many engineers were licking the lead or something. I picked one up a few months ago for $500 bucks and I forget I own it most of the time. I still use a mouse.

I just went through and built 6 wall traps and a rack for $150 bucks total. I need to now build about 40 cables (but I am outraged at the cost of connectors). I also am going to build about 4-6 tube traps for my room. I also need to buy ram for my computer.

Times are slow so I build things to feel productive.
Old 20th March 2009
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I did a complete overhaul of my studio a couple months ago..

Got rid of the Mackie 8 bus mixer, ADAT machines and most low end outboard gear that had been collecting dust for a while.

Took a couple of miles of wire and cable out of the studio.

Sold my studio drum kit.. No more rap/punk/speed metal/thrash/rock and roll, etc. just acoustic and maybe the blues..

Added sonic treatment to a couple of surfaces, added a monitor router/switcher and bought a digital mixer and an additional headphone distribution system.

Life is better now and the room looks huge..
Old 21st March 2009
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I got Ergo recently which has astoundingly made my mixes translate. All my low end issues I knew I had are gone. Translating perfectly. No more having to say 'Well it didn't sound that way in my room'.

Got an Aurora16 to sum into my Dangerous 2busLT...much easier for me to create space in my mixes.

got a Royer121...you'll never use anything else(other than a dynamic to blend with) for guitars my friends, just do it.

Microclock - this thing with the Ergo are just an amazing dynamic duo.

I guess my Adams were a pretty damn good buy.

Properly placing acoustic treatment around guitar combo amps for better sounds(I tend to use 2 different combos together)
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