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Garage studio w/ Theater Curtain
Old 30th November 2012
Garage studio w/ Theater Curtain

So, I have a 2 car garage with a cement floor and floor heat. It's extremely quiet, no air vents, and the floor heat circulator is in another part of the home. The ceilings are 12 ft. high and I was wondering how it might work to use this garage as a studio - the only drawback, I can only use 1 of the ports. Would a theater curtain be a good investment to seperate the two halves of the space for recording - or should I build a full wall between the two garage ports. How would you guys set it up? It's a big open space with two garage doors.
Old 30th November 2012
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You can use any space as a studio. The question is how much you are willing/able to do to improve the space. Hanging a curtain may improve things somewhat - probably visually more than sonically.

My recording space is a bit less than half of my 2-car garage. It's not specuatular, but I make do the best I can with what I have. Ideally, I'd like to build a seperate room within the garage (not touching any of the existing garage walls or roof framing), but the current structure configuration is limiting my options without going into a lot more expense to modify the existing roof framing.

Here's what I'm working with now...

The acoustic panels the to the left and behind the desk are movable, and are used in different configurations as needed during recording. The panel to the left also separates the recording space from the non-studio part of the garage.

Here's a couple more shots of my space...

My guitar player, Alex, recording during a recent session (this is looking from the desk to the back of the space)...
Old 30th November 2012
That's awesome!!! Ate those panels pretty effective at seperating the sound and were they guard to make?

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Old 30th November 2012
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The panels are absorptive for controlling sound reflections (a very different issue than sound-proofing). If acoustic treatment and studio setup is a new area for you, I suggest spending a LOT of time educating yourself on the issues involved before you start down the road. Educating yourself will help you get the most out of what you have and make wise decisions about how to proceed with improving your space.

DIY acoustic treatment isn't hard if you're a handy type of person. Again, educating yourself on the proper materials and methods is critical.
Old 16th July 2016
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Hey Eric,

I'm constructing a similar space, how did you go with having the garage door behind your mixing position? Any vibrations/resonance in the door?

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