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For starters, what's good//bad about this basement? Dynamics Plugins
Old 4th September 2011
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For starters, what's good//bad about this basement?

I have just been given a (newish) basement to record in. It is 50 feet by about 27 feet. The floor is concrete, the wall are insulated top to bottom (rather a fetching pink) with a vapour barrier over, and the ceiling is plywood with duct-work, wiring, etc.. Should I love or hate those basic components?

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I have just been given a (newish) basement to record in. It is 50 feet by about 27 feet. The floor is concrete, the wall are insulated top to bottom (rather a fetching pink) with a vapour barrier over, and the ceiling is plywood with duct-work, wiring, etc.. Should I love or hate those basic components?

Thank you.

You're missing a critical dimension. Ceiling height.
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Frank who used to work at GIK once said, "Treat the room you have, not the room you don't."

That sounds like quite a space. What are you planning?
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You're missing a critical dimension. Ceiling height.
8 1/2 feet up to the plywood.
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Frank who used to work at GIK once said, "Treat the room you have, not the room you don't."

That sounds like quite a space. What are you planning?
To record [mostly] myself, my own compositions, on real acoustic and electric musical instruments. I may have to enlist a ringer or two, and/or do some midification. I don't need to use all that space, but it's there if I want it.
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I just signed up today and your plans as well as your space are very similar to mine.
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That's great, except neither one of us know what to do with it.

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I have ate some more space as well ... I am not doing any serious recording right now so most of the equipment is in the center for aesthetics and comfort ... the sound seems pretty good but I think I'm going to put the monitors closer to the walls because right now there's a little too much distance and the walls are already insulated

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Frank who used to work at GIK once said, "Treat the room you have, not the room you don't."
Frank is clearly a very smart man!!
Old 5th September 2011
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Razorboy,

I'm Not sure what your budget is, but that space is excellent the way it is with a few modifications.

Keep all of the pink insulation and vapor barrier in the walls. Replacing with Rockwool is not good for the perimeter insulation for trapping heat.

Put some drywall up and mud & tape/paint/area rug etc. Then look into some bass traps and acoustic panels. For what you are recording, having portable panels will greatly help your recordings.

You can build the panels yourself or order from a company like GIK. I like the panel kits from Ready Trap.
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Thank you.

I should add that amplifiers & speakers will [for mechanical reasons, neighbours, etc.] be pointed in the direction of the wall 50 feet away; that is, sound will be sent lengthwise down the room.
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