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Acoustic designer recommendations?
Old 7th May 2019
  #1
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Acoustic designer recommendations?

Hello, you guys. Hoping you're all doing well.

I barely know about studio designers and I want to find someone specialized in small rooms. I have a small 3.20 x 2.80M room that I want to turn into a dedicated mixing studio. I know this is not the optimal infrastructure but there's no other options for the time being.

I just want the design and plans, I can measure and build myself. I'm not really interested in DIY design, so I'm looking for a fully fledged, professional solution.

Thanks!

-A
Old 7th May 2019
  #2
I've been meaning to ask this too as I'm in the middle of the same process. There are a handful of guys on the forum who do this work professionally. I only know of one or two. I've always thought it would be beneficial to have a list of those resources -- although it's a double sided coin. Some of them spend lots of time giving out free advice so it's not surprising they might want to lay low.

From my experience most of the people you'll find online require something of a leap of faith. They have an online reputation built from lots and lots of posts --which you'll have to scan through. They might also have a website with pics of their work, which is harder to verify as you'd have to contact those studio owners and ask them how things went. Or maybe they've done YouTube videos or written books. There are a few better known folks who are better known for a reason -- they do larger projects and are (maybe) way out of our price range -- though you didn't say what your price range was. Rod Gervais is one and John Sayers (who also runs another online forum) is another. J Brandt is another who is pretty well known here.

Once you settle on someone, the leap of faith comes into play as it typically involves a down payment of some kind, made to a person who could very well be halfway around the world. You may not be their only client so patience is a requirement. You'll also have to agree on the approach as someone may insist you do things that you really don't want to do. As I like to say, you can do anything with unlimited time and money -- but technically no one has that.

Rod's book is a great resource for the DIY builder. Even if you don't do the design work it will help explain why someone would spec the design to include various features, and help explain some of the details required for construction.

In addition to budget, you'll also need to provide some indication of how much soundproofing you'll need. That is often the most expensive, painful and space eating part of the whole build process. If you really need to block noise coming in or going out it will make your room even smaller.

Good luck. I'll keep an eye on this thread to see if you get other answers.

Last edited by thechrisl; 7th May 2019 at 10:35 PM.. Reason: more words
Old 13th May 2019
  #3
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You will find many great professional studio designers that frequent this forum, from the top of my head:

- JHBrandt (https://www.jhbrandt.net/)
- Boggy (http://www.myroom-acoustics.com)
- Avare (I don't know if he has a website).
- Jens Eklund (http://resonatorstockholm.com/)
- Jeffrey Hedback (http://www.hdacoustics.net/)
- G.E. (http://www.ebenlechner.at/de/biographie.html)

I bet all of them can make a great sounding small room. In my experience, when you work with skilled professionals, what matters most it's the 'fit' with your project, how the designer understands your needs and the type of room that he/she designs (some people specialize in particular designs).

The great sounding room is given at this kind of level

Sorry if I miss anyone! I'm sure there are many more.
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