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My new studio IS finished! #3028754 02/13/20 06:30 AM
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After 6 LONG months, It's finally done. It's pretty much an all in one writing, recording and rehearsing man cave. Having a sound-proof and creative space was my priority, and I think I was able to achieve that goal pretty well. Most of my audio gears will stay in the bedroom. I'll only bring in stuff that I really need. I hired out only for electrical and AC installation. Everything else was done by my amazing uncle whom I'm forever grateful to.... . I did the research and followed his instructions with my sissy hands like he calls it.

The internal space is about 18' x 19' or so (with ceiling peaking at 13') which is the biggest size I was allowed. It's a room within a room structure with double studded walls, double thick drywall, soundboard and cavity insulation and so on and so forth. I'm not going to miss working with silicone tubes for sure!


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That is awesome!!! Congratulations to you (and your uncle!!!).
I have a decent little home studio in my living room, it does not compare at all but I can still be creative which is important.


Maybe post in this thread?
http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/3026827/lets-see-your-studios#Post3026827


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Re: My new studio IS finished! [Re: KuruPrionz] #3028758 02/13/20 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
That is awesome!!! Congratulations to you (and your uncle!!!).
I have a decent little home studio in my living room, it does not compare at all but I can still be creative which is important.


Maybe post in this thread?
http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/3026827/lets-see-your-studios#Post3026827


Thank you. I totally forgot about this thread. Sorry about that. I'll copy/paste the content to that thread instead and will delete this one soon.

Re: My new studio IS finished! [Re: Sam CA] #3028762 02/13/20 06:43 AM
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I tried to delete this thread but I'm getting this message:

"Since this post is the first post in a topic and already has replies it may not be deleted."

Please delete .

Re: My new studio IS finished! [Re: Sam CA] #3028763 02/13/20 06:43 AM
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This is still a great place for it, with the link added it will drive traffic to the new forum.

This is the busiest forum which is great but it would be nice to see some of the other forums pick up traffic, interesting things are happening!


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Wow, beautiful. Congratulations Sam. Really an incredible space.


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What Eric said - it looks absolutely amazing!

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What a great space. Congratulations. Enjoy

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Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Sam - congrats! Did you fabricate your own panels?

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Congratulations, Sam! Place looks great.

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Good job mate! Looks wonderful.

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Congrats Sam! Great job. Love it. Enjoy

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I was already prepared to tell you how beautiful it looks (and how beautiful it must sound) -- and THEN I saw the Kawai. Congratulations! Here's to many years of happy music-making in that space.


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Looks fantastic! Might we trouble you for a gear rundown? Or have you posted that elsewhere?

Thanks!

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Wow, great work! Beautiful-looking space, may congrats to you and props to both you and your uncle for pulling that off. Doing it in 6 months is impressive, too - having built my own studio, more-or-less single-handed, I know how much work is involved.
Enjoy it!

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can't believe you got that done in 6 months. What dedication. Most excellent. 2thu


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Wow! Nice job! thu

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Stunning! Makes quite a statement.

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Originally Posted by MAJUSCULE
Wow, beautiful. Congratulations Sam. Really an incredible space.

Originally Posted by David Holloway
What Eric said - it looks absolutely amazing!

Originally Posted by gino
What a great space. Congratulations. Enjoy


Originally Posted by Markyboard
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Sam - congrats! Did you fabricate your own panels?


Thank you very much everybody.

Yes, we made all the panels from scratch. I did the fabric shopping in downtown LA. Very cheap!!!




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Originally Posted by George88
Congratulations, Sam! Place looks great.

Originally Posted by CowboyNQ
Good job mate! Looks wonderful.

Originally Posted by Al Quinn
Congrats Sam! Great job. Love it. Enjoy

Originally Posted by samuelblupowitz
I was already prepared to tell you how beautiful it looks (and how beautiful it must sound) -- and THEN I saw the Kawai. Congratulations! Here's to many years of happy music-making in that space.

Originally Posted by vonnor
Looks fantastic! Might we trouble you for a gear rundown? Or have you posted that elsewhere?

Thanks!

~ vonnor


Thank you guys.

My gear list is a short list:

1) Monitors: LG Ultrawide 49 - Samsung 65" UHD 7

2) Audio Interfaces: A very old Digi 002 , Apogee Duet , Antelope Zen Studio

3) Bunch of Beyerdynamic dt 770 ...etc

4) Mics: AKG 414 , a pair of Neumann KM 184 and bunch of Shure SM mics

5) A number of midi controllers from AKAI, Novation, M-Audio., Arturia Essential..but the one I use the most for DAW works is AKAI Advanced 61.

6) Keyboards/sound modules: Korg Pa4x, Korg Pa3x, Kronos 2 , Casio S3000 , Muse Research Receptor 2 , and some older Roland and Korg modules

7) Motu Midi Express XT

8) Behringer FCB1010

9) Discontinued Roland Vocal VP-770

10) Kawai GL-40 and a bedroom Yamaha Upright

11) Focal Twin6 be monitors

12) ART Headamp 6pro (headphone amp)

I think this is it pretty much.


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Originally Posted by danstein
Wow, great work! Beautiful-looking space, may congrats to you and props to both you and your uncle for pulling that off. Doing it in 6 months is impressive, too - having built my own studio, more-or-less single-handed, I know how much work is involved.
Enjoy it!

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can't believe you got that done in 6 months. What dedication. Most excellent. 2thu

Originally Posted by Michael Wright
Wow! Nice job! thu

Originally Posted by SteveCoscia
Stunning! Makes quite a statement.


Thank you guys. Yes, the amount of work is INSANE. You'll know when you see some pictures of how it looked before. On YouTube I see these latino workers lifting drywalls like a piece of paper...then hold it with one hand and putting screws with the other!!! I bought one of those drywall lifters instead. That's also what we used to hold drywall against the ceiling. Highly recommended!

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Very nice studio, I am sure time flies by when you enter that studio and get lost in the sound !


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Sam, are the (audio) monitors Focals?


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Very cool, I love the color scheme and how you've laid out the space.

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Originally Posted by aellison62
Very nice studio, I am sure time flies by when you enter that studio and get lost in the sound !


Yes, it's very easy to lose track of time in there.


Originally Posted by MAJUSCULE
Sam, are the (audio) monitors Focals?


They sure are. Focal Twin6 be, but I don't have the sub just yet. I'm not sure if I need one.

Originally Posted by eric
Very cool, I love the color scheme and how you've laid out the space.


Thank you. Not everybody agrees with the red, but I like it.

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Originally Posted by Sam CA
Originally Posted by eric
Very cool, I love the color scheme and how you've laid out the space.


Thank you. Not everybody agrees with the red, but I like it.
(Insert Nord Lead joke here)


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Excellent!!!


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Originally Posted by samuelblupowitz
Originally Posted by Sam CA
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Very cool, I love the color scheme and how you've laid out the space.


Thank you. Not everybody agrees with the red, but I like it.
(Insert Nord Lead joke here)

There's one in the picture, but it blended into the background. wink


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Congrats! It looks like a great space! There is nothing better than having a dedicated space that is always available for making music.

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Congrats Sam, looks great ! I can't fathom doing it yourself ! Good for you.

Just putting up the massive support beam and framing in my ceiling took three experienced framer guys almost a solid week on scaffolding in 100 degree heat ! I don't know how they were able to take it.

Jeez I've had a separate studio space from the house since 1988. It's been so long that I can't imagine what it would be like not having it. Been very fortunate in that and other things related to making music at home.

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Originally Posted by Nathanael_I
Congrats! It looks like a great space! There is nothing better than having a dedicated space that is always available for making music.


Thank you Nathanael.


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Congrats Sam, looks great ! I can't fathom doing it yourself ! Good for you.

Just putting up the massive support beam and framing in my ceiling took three experienced framer guys almost a solid week on scaffolding in 100 degree heat ! I don't know how they were able to take it.

Jeez I've had a separate studio space from the house since 1988. It's been so long that I can't imagine what it would be like not having it. Been very fortunate in that and other things related to making music at home.


Thank you Dave. I had a dedicated space in my first house years ago. Once you have that experience, it's really hard to go back to a bedroom studio type of situation. I always wanted to do the same in this house, but I wasn't motivated I guess. It's a lot of work for sure. I remember how bad it was when we started it last summer.

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This place is stylish comfy and full of stuff to play with!
Let us here that Kawai mic'd up vs. Keyscape!


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A couple of questions:

First, what is the diffusion panel? Did you create that out of small blocks of wood? It looks excellent.

And, I really like the floating ceiling absorption panels. I assume you made those as well.

Finally, what are the dimensions of your room in terms of tuning the sound Both, in terms of delay and EQ.

I have a 20 x 20 room which I am turning into a mixture performance space, rehearsal space, and composition space. So it has to do a lot of functions well.

Congratulations on a job well done. It is aesthetically beautiful and wonderfully functional. Thank you for sharing


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Yes. Tell us about the diffusers and absorbers/bass traps! For all of us, that might be the most important equipment.


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Originally Posted by ElmerJFudd
This place is stylish comfy and full of stuff to play with!
Let us here that Kawai mic'd up vs. Keyscape!


Thank you! After doing hardly any music at home over the past 6 months, I'm so ready for this! Can hardly wait to get it tuned.



Originally Posted by WWW
A couple of questions:

First, what is the diffusion panel? Did you create that out of small blocks of wood? It looks excellent.

And, I really like the floating ceiling absorption panels. I assume you made those as well.

Finally, what are the dimensions of your room in terms of tuning the sound Both, in terms of delay and EQ.

I have a 20 x 20 room which I am turning into a mixture performance space, rehearsal space, and composition space. So it has to do a lot of functions well.

Congratulations on a job well done. It is aesthetically beautiful and wonderfully functional. Thank you for sharing




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Yes. Tell us about the diffusers and absorbers/bass traps! For all of us, that might be the most important equipment.



Yes, all those are DIY panels. A friend of mine who is an acoustic engineer came to give me some advice for sound treatment. He brought his special mics and did his thing. He said it's a lot easier to make decisions when a room is used for a particular purpose, but for a general purpose room like mine you deal with the most prominent issues the best you can. He gave me some options, and this is what I settled for. One corner in particular was a lot more boomier? than the rest, so the corner bass traps for that particular corner are a little larger and taller. He did advice me to built the bass traps all the way to the ceiling, but I wanted to see those molding!

I only have one 4' x 8' skyline diffuser on the rear wall facing the monitors. My friend said we can get all nerdy about that as well. There are ways that you can calculate room modes ...etc....to make that perfect diffuser(s), but in my case it won't be anything noticeable unless I'm prepared to put in more work into the structure ...which I wasn't. Also, there are thousands of articles on this subject published on Gearslutz forums. People post all kinds of "lab tests" with contradicting results for these type of panels. Anyone who's familiar with those threads should know what I'm talking about. At some point, I decided I just wanted this gorgeous DIY Skyline diffuser. The blocks range from 1" to 4.5"/5" and are placed at random. And Just like that, I'm ready to continue my unhealthy obsession with music after 6 depressing months! ha ha ha

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