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Signed the lease, paid the deposit...oh crap now the hard work really begins!
Old 25th July 2006
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We've been bowling along nicely. We need to as well as the first client sets foot into the studio on August 6th! Yiiiikes!

The acoustic ceiling has been framed out and tomorrow we will put up the insulation and the final material (Calico).
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Old 25th July 2006
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And the sofa platform at the back has been constructed.
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Old 25th July 2006
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All the tielines and various cables have been run and sited at the bottom of the platform. Just waiting for the rack furniture to arrive from Germany now...
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Old 25th July 2006
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Another shot of the framing, shows the ceiling angle.
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Old 25th July 2006
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Got home and found one of our new toys had been delivered. Eventually it'll take it's place in the control room but for now I've set it up in Pro Tools LE and am playing with it at home (excuse the mess!).
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Old 26th July 2006
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Outstanding stuff Rich....... thumbsup
Old 28th July 2006
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Hmmm I thought things were going too well...

Our new engineer neil/simba/shortround/flat eric managed to spill an entire tin of black gloss over the drum room floor, walls and parts of the control room floor.

It was a truly spectacular effort. I can look back on it and laugh now but at the time I went in to shock and needed to go for a 'walk'...
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Old 28th July 2006
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I dunno what Mark is smiling at....perhaps insanity set in at that very moment.
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Old 28th July 2006
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And thus, the drum room floor became black all over

It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black
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Old 28th July 2006
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Luckily none of the black gloss went on the newly applied calico material in the control room...
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Old 28th July 2006
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Took this just before I starting varnishing the floor. See the left hand corner? ran out of material on the last panel, waiting for delivery of more next week. Bah.

We have wooden battens to put over the seams of the calico material, should look wicked. heh

Lights and electric being hooked up tomorrow, woohoo!
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Old 29th July 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RichT
And thus, the drum room floor became black all over

It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black
Good save! Besides, it will end up with the obligatory persian rug covering most of it anyway, right? Should look fine.

DP
Old 6th August 2006
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Just got home, have just finished the first session in the newly finished studio.

There's still the odd cable to be soldered and a few rough edges to smooth off but we're essentially a fully functioning studio!

Here's a shot from the back of the control room:
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Old 6th August 2006
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And from the front looking to the back of the room:
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Old 6th August 2006
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Close up on the racks, more gear needed!
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Old 6th August 2006
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Close up on the workstation:
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Old 6th August 2006
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Here are the 'Dark Angels', in recording their 16 track country/rock-a-billy/americano album. On the left, Jimmy Jeffries (vox, guitars) and on the right, Rory Noble-Egan (drums, percussion).
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Old 6th August 2006
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Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnjoooooo!
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Old 7th August 2006
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FELICIDADEZ!!
The Place already Rocks and it's just the beginning!
Thanks for the inspiring thread!
Old 7th August 2006
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Rich

I was looking at the early pics thinking "if only the floor was black" and then as if by magic !!

Joking aside, looks like you're coming down the homestretch. Congratulations.

Jam
Old 9th August 2006
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Cheers guys! heh

Here's some pics of the band we have in recording at the moment, they're called 'Love On Tiananmen Square', kinda tech-metal with prog rock tinges - it's good stuff!

The kit and it's mic and pre chain:

Kick drum: AT25 -> Sytek Standard
Snare Top: 414 BULS -> Buzz Audio ARC
Snare Bottom: Beta 57 -> Sytek Standard
Rack: 57 -> Audient ASP008
Floor: 57 -> Audient ASP008
O/H Right: AT3035 -> Sytek Burr Brown
O/H Left: AT3035 -> Sytek Burr Brown
Ride: Rode NT2 -> Audient ASP008
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Old 9th August 2006
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This is Tim on drums:
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Old 9th August 2006
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Sweet bass rig! All valve custom Trace Elliott head.

SM7 on the 10" and a DI feed taken thru the Audient.
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Old 9th August 2006
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Couple of random pics:

Engineer Neil hard at work...
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Old 9th August 2006
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Picture of guitarist Michael. Yes that hair is natural! heh
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Old 10th August 2006
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More good news! Our engineer Neil got his degree results today...

(Drum roll)

He takes home with him a BA Honours First Class Degree in Music Technology from the University Of Manchester!

Congratulations Neil!

Old 24th August 2006
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Congrats Neil

Good looking studio Rich!

More pics!
Old 29th August 2006
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Cheers Mate, Can't wait to get my certificate up on the studio wall so at least I can pretend I know what im doing!
Old 29th August 2006
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Looking really good. We're only just making the first tentative steps towards finding a suitable building to put a studio in. We don't have a clue what we're doing! arrrgh!
Old 1st November 2006
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Hey, studios look fantastic, great job!

I'm currently in the business plan stages of something similiar myself, so I have a million and one questions I' love to ask you, but could I bother you with just a few?!

The Drum room and iso booth are above a rehearsal room, yeah? How is the isolation between them, do you record while someone is rehearsing or no?

Also, how is the isolation between the rehearsal rooms? If two bands are going at it can they hear each other, or do they bother each other?

The floors in the rehearsal rooms, they're framing floated on neoprene covered with flooring? Is the gaps between the framing filled with Rockwool?

If you dont mind, how much did the construction/materials end up costing (ballpark figure even?!) I'm having trouble trying to accurately cost building something like your setup, but four rehearsal rooms instead of two.

Thanks a million, you have no idea how impressed I am with your build, and your organisation, unbelievable!
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