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New Studio Build Advice
Old 31st May 2019
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New Studio Build Advice

Hellooo, finally I feel like I’m starting a real thread!

I’ll soon be moving into a basement with two others and need to turn the rooms into something resembling a studio. It’s part of a listed building so there are some restrictions but on the whole the owners seem pretty happy for us to build inside it and do what’s necessary to get it where we want.

Before we start it’d be great to get some advice from other DIY studio builds on anything we should look out for or may have over looked. Pictures below, here’s the plan so far….

Wooden stud frame acoustic panels/walls filled with rockwool slabs and covered with fabric. These will be built above and below the power strip then a bit further down the line we’ll put a wooden border across and refit the sockets onto this.
- Material recommendations? We’re looking at cara or camira at the moment I think.
- Best way to mount panels to the wall? Ideally these can be removed and reused with some effort in years to come if/when we move out.

It’s basement room so hopefully means we don’t need to worry so much about building a false floor as there’s no one below us to bother. Currently it’s just concrete with carpet over so we’ll take the carpet out and lay underlay and some sort of wood vinyl. Potentially will build a false floor for under the drum area (the corner of the larger room where there’s currently a cupboard)

As it’s a listed building there’s only so much we can do with the acoustic work. To an extent though this hopefully means there’ll still be some airflow and we don’t need a really really expensive air conditioning system. Either way, we’ll look into a unit we could get. There are ventilation outlets we could attach a pipe to though so an recommendations here would be grand!

Might build some plugs for the windows. Can only sometimes hear traffic rumble (the joys of London zone 2) and when sirens go past. Any advice with these? Are they worth it?

As it’s a listed building we don’t think we can take the radiators off and remount them so we’ll just build around the them. We might cover these with fabric to keep it looking uniform though. Any recommendations with this and how to not make it look terrible would be great!

Floor/ceiling area is 21m2 in big room and 9m2 in small with walls at 2.5m.

I’m sure there’ll be more questions as this all develops.... such as a name for the place heh heh
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Old 1st June 2019
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Do you need to have good sound isolation from the upstairs and outside? If so the first step is to get an SPL meter (app even) get a band (or drums and bass at least) in there and figure out how much more isolation you will need. This will really determine everything else...

A couple quick things- any sort of wood framed 'false floor' is only likely to hurt acoustics and isolation. A concrete slab on grade is pretty much the ideal studio floor (the only thing better would be a floated slab, properly tuned to infrasonic freq). You can glue vinyl planks or simply prep it and paint it, or there are some cool finish options like metallic epoxy or polished/stained concrete.

In any case, if you need a significant increase in isolation from what you have, this is going to require significant planning and budget, so that's the first step that you want to determine.
Old 1st June 2019
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Isolation concern is just the ceiling really. Concrete floor seemed ideal though, we'll just put some underlay then vinyl/wood floor on top.
Old 6th June 2019
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Originally Posted by matt_ew View Post
Isolation concern is just the ceiling really. Concrete floor seemed ideal though, we'll just put some underlay then vinyl/wood floor on top.
Can you get a band in there, go upstairs and find out how much more you need? It's good at least to have a drummer, and the rest you could do with a PA speaker. You'll want to also get and idea of how much more you need under 100hz. If you turn a PA up to about band levels (~110dB), low pass filter @ 100hz and turn it down until the level is acceptable upstairs, then you can get an idea of if you need 20dB of 50dB.

Unfortunately sound moves in all directions, so isolation (more accurately called a high transmission loss assembly) also needs to be complete all the way around.
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