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starise    368

If you want to post a pic of your studio I would love to see it. I recommend stripping location data from the pics before posting.

 

I might put a pic up but right now I'm embarrassed by how cluttered it is. And I might actually have to dust in there. I hope dust isn't flammable.

 

If you copy and paste one of those Hollywood million dollar studios we are going to know it wasn't you :)

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Richard Tracey    252

This is a picture of my studio setup at the moment;)

 

 

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Ray888    159

This is my studio and vocal booth in my home which was all built by my own hands including the base traps at the rear which have over 400 holes drilled and sanded. My fingers were sore for days after lol. 

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Jenn    171

In all its glory

 

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Ray888    159
7 minutes ago, Jenn said:

All its glory

 

 

just kidding.. I don't know how to post a picture

If you go to the top of the page and click on "reply to topic" top right it will take you to a post where you can upload your pictures. I think that's how I did it if I am remembering correctly.

 

You will see below where you are to post your script it says "Drag files here to attach".

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Ray888    159
15 minutes ago, Jenn said:

In all its glory

 

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Looks like a very comfortable place to work in lol. Lying in bed is a great place for lyrical inspiration.

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Jenn    171
Just now, Ray888 said:

Looks like a very comfortable place to work in lol. Lying in bed is a great place for lyrical inspiration.

makeshift shadows ^_^

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tunesmithth    1,217

Or, if you simply begin a new comment at the the bottom of an existing thread, you'll see a paperclip icon immediately below your white comment area. Clicking on the "choose files..." link should allow you to upload what photo you'd like. Click on the + sign to embed the photo in your response. Once you've embedded it, you can double-click the photo & resize it if you'd like. 

 

Tom

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Jenn    171
Just now, tunesmithth said:

Or, if you simply begin a new comment, as I've done here...you'll see a paperclip icon immediately below your white comment area. Clicking on the "choose files..." link should allow you to upload what photo you'd like. Click on the + sign to embed the photo in your response. Once you've embedded it, you can double-click the photo & resize it if you'd like. 

 

Tom

thank you so much!!!

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starise    368

Richard I like the nice light you have coming into your studio and you've given yourself easy access to all of your gear. Are those tweeter enhancers on the monitors :) I need to invest in something like the mopads ( or similar) that you're using. Do they seem to help?

 

Ray888 your studio looks well designed. Has a very tidy look. Did you make the desk? I can tell you put a lot of thought into the layout and sound control. AND you even have a dedicated vocal tracking booth.

 

Jenn- You can make music and put it online which is probably one of the important things for you, plus you can grab a nap anytime!

 

 

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Ray888    159
8 minutes ago, starise said:

Richard I like the nice light you have coming into your studio and you've given yourself easy access to all of your gear. Are those tweeter enhancers on the monitors :) I need to invest in something like the mopads ( or similar) that you're using. Do they seem to help?

 

Ray888 your studio looks well designed. Has a very tidy look. Did you make the desk? I can tell you put a lot of thought into the layout and sound control. AND you even have a dedicated vocal tracking booth.

 

Jenn- You can make music and put it online which is probably one of the important things for you, plus you can grab a nap anytime!

 

 

I don't have the same pads as Richard, I made mine myself from a thin heavy layer of stiff rubber at the bottom glued to a 20mm acoustic foam for the speakers to rest on. Yes, they do help stop vibration from penetrating the shelf below. Making them yourself is easy and far less expensive than purchasing highly priced ones that don't function any better than mine. I know because I have used several makes in the past. I have a brand new pair of Iso Acoustic stands that came with my Neumann monitors that I don't use because my monitors would be too high.

 

Yes I did spend time thinking about the design and changed the plan several times before deciding on the final one. I have designed several studio's in the past one being Resident Studio's in Willesden London which I was a director of during the late 1990s. My studio now is well treated for sound and as you can see from the photo's I have floor to ceiling base traps in all 4 corners and also I have placed 2 ft long base traps central to the ceiling on all four junctions with the walls. I knew I would need as much base trap as possible without totally deadening the room because of it's small size. The control area is only 8` X 6` with an equally sized vocal booth.

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tunesmithth    1,217

I'm not gonna bore everyone with pics of my home set-up, but I thought I'd share a pic of a good buddy's basement studio.

This is someone I've been friends with since childhood. These photos don't show it all, but they'll give ya' the basic idea.

This will give you an idea of how we used build 'em back-in-the-day. A common design for basement studios was...

  • A freestanding structure, built in such a way that it only comes in contact with the concrete floor...with insulating materials lining the bottom of the fastened frame, to help control vibration of the structure. 
  • Framed with 2 x4s, exterior walls covered with drywall.
  • Soundproofed with fiberglass insallation covered with colored burlap. Mike framed his interior with slats...gives it a much cleaner look. A more commercial version Like Nick's, would include a 3-sided containment booth to partially segregate the drums. Back then, there were no portable plexiglass booths...they were made from the same materials as the rest of the studio.
  • Typically one-piece carpet/pad was used to cover the floor.

If my head's on straight, Mike built this 18-20 years ago, but the basic design dates back to my childhood.

In our early teens, we lived down the street from a big-name local DJ who also managed local groups. Nick had a more elaborate version of this in his basement...separate control room for the engineer.

Mid-teens I played with a guitarist who built one of these down his basement. We used it mainly for band practice...helped control the noise a bit.

Back-in-the-day I assisted in ripping down a few like this, Peter Sky's - KSHE radio to name one. Nasty job!, fiber glass partials everywhere. LOL 

This was how we did it in the states! ;)

 

 

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starise    368

Nice studio Tom. BTW you wouldn't bore me with pics of your home studio :)

 

I at one time researched a similar setup to your friends but couldn't get my basement space managed and probably won't in the near future unless the unforeseeable happens.

There are a few local studios close that could probably cover in the event that I needed to track more than a few musicians. Not my first choice but a viable option for those with smaller spaces. In your case I guess it wouldn't cost you anything. The old school approach is apparent in the analog I/O which still is tough to beat.

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starise    368
43 minutes ago, Ray888 said:

I don't have the same pads as Richard, I made mine myself from a thin heavy layer of stiff rubber at the bottom glued to a 20mm acoustic foam for the speakers to rest on. Yes, they do help stop vibration from penetrating the shelf below. Making them yourself is easy and far less expensive than purchasing highly priced ones that don't function any better than mine. I know because I have used several makes in the past. I have a brand new pair of Iso Acoustic stands that came with my Neumann monitors that I don't use because my monitors would be too high.

 

Thanks for this info.

43 minutes ago, Ray888 said:

Yes I did spend time thinking about the design and changed the plan several times before deciding on the final one. I have designed several studio's in the past one being Resident Studio's in Willesden London which I was a director of during the late 1990s. My studio now is well treated for sound and as you can see from the photo's I have floor to ceiling base traps in all 4 corners and also I have placed 2 ft long base traps central to the ceiling on all four junctions with the walls. I knew I would need as much base trap as possible without totally deadening the room because of it's small size. The control area is only 8` X 6` with an equally sized vocal booth.

You have done a lot with a small space and I could tell you seemed to have had some prior experience. It must be more common than I knew for a full time engineer to have the studio at work and then a second one at home for  further mixing or light tracking. In your case you seem to have scaled down to a more manageable setup that is immediately available, or maybe you don't want as much work as you had before and prefer to mix and/or create as a past time. This puts my studio to shame in terms of sound control. Great work on it Ray! Is it ok if I call you Ray?

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Richard Tracey    252
3 hours ago, starise said:

Richard I like the nice light you have coming into your studio and you've given yourself easy access to all of your gear. Are those tweeter enhancers on the monitors :) I need to invest in something like the mopads ( or similar) that you're using. Do they seem to help?

 

Ray888 your studio looks well designed. Has a very tidy look. Did you make the desk? I can tell you put a lot of thought into the layout and sound control. AND you even have a dedicated vocal tracking booth.

 

Jenn- You can make music and put it online which is probably one of the important things for you, plus you can grab a nap anytime!

 

 

 

Hey Tim - yeah, it was actually sunny when I took the picture so that was a bonus.

 

The mopads are Adam Hall ones I got off Amazon. I ordered a set and they were too large, so ordered smaller ones with the intention of sending the others back, but ended up keeping them as they raised the speakers to the correct height. They were well priced and it would probably have cost me just as much to buy the material and the time involved in making them.

 

They do seem to help, but I don't have my music playing through them very much at the moment as I get moaned at by my daughters!!!!

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Ray888    159
2 hours ago, starise said:

Thanks for this info.

You have done a lot with a small space and I could tell you seemed to have had some prior experience. It must be more common than I knew for a full time engineer to have the studio at work and then a second one at home for  further mixing or light tracking. In your case you seem to have scaled down to a more manageable setup that is immediately available, or maybe you don't want as much work as you had before and prefer to mix and/or create as a past time. This puts my studio to shame in terms of sound control. Great work on it Ray! Is it ok if I call you Ray?

 

Hi Starise,

Yes it is very true that I have downsized my studio. I am not a recording engineer although I work with some. I have a lot of technical ability in design and designed this one in the mid 1990s which I worked out of with my partners. http://www.residentstudios.com/ It was called Stepping stone studio's at the time and I ran a production company "Thirdeye music productions from there until 2000. Much of it hasn't changed although the desk back then was an Oram 48 channel and we were recording with 24 track 2 inch tape and three 8 channel Adats digital. We used soundscape for editing.  Funny thing is that apart from being able to record ensembles, choirs and large bands in the huge live room it is possible nowadays to obtain as good recordings in a home studio. The biggest difference is that the rent for a home studio is miniscule to what you would pay for a large complex like I was in back then. I don't have a basement because I live on the 3rd and 4th floor of an apartment building in central London. I have a lot of experience with sound control and build my son a studio in his house. He does Dance music so needed me to design it so that not even the Low base when cranked up could be heard by his neighbours. I consider my main speciality to be lyrics although I do wear a few other hats in the music industry. Too many at times but it keeps me busy.

 

I will private message you about calling me.

 

I think that you may have meant calling me by name and not by phone lol. I'll message you anyway.

 

Regards, Ray

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Ray888    159
On 28/06/2017 at 9:28 PM, Jenn said:

makeshift shadows ^_^

 

Your obviously a fan of Tracy Emmet lol.

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starise    368

Richard, thank you for that info. I also looked at this but I want a used pair. New is too much money.

stands

 

3 hours ago, Ray888 said:

Yes it is very true that I have downsized my studio. I am not a recording engineer although I work with some. I have a lot of technical ability in design and designed this one in the mid 1990s which I worked out of with my partners. http://www.residentstudios.com/ It was called Stepping stone studio's at the time and I ran a production company "Thirdeye music productions from there until 2000. Much of it hasn't changed although the desk back then was an Oram 48 channel and we were recording with 24 track 2 inch tape and three 8 channel Adats digital. We used soundscape for editing.  Funny thing is that apart from being able to record ensembles, choirs and large bands in the huge live room it is possible nowadays to obtain as good recordings in a home studio. The biggest difference is that the rent for a home studio is miniscule to what you would pay for a large complex like I was in back then. I don't have a basement because I live on the 3rd and 4th floor of an apartment building in central London. I have a lot of experience with sound control and build my son a studio in his house. He does Dance music so needed me to design it so that not even the Low base when cranked up could be heard by his neighbours. I consider my main speciality to be lyrics although I do wear a few other hats in the music industry. Too many at times but it keeps me busy.

 

I will private message you about calling me.

 

I think that you may have meant calling me by name and not by phone lol. I'll message you anyway.

 

 

Thanks Ray I received the PM. Very generous of you and thank you! I agree, we can do most of it ITB now. I have a basement, but I don't really have a basement. Let me explain. My wife has commandeered it and it would take a week just to clean it out. She keeps everything. I don't want to talk her down. We are different suffice it to say. You and I are in a similar situation even though we might live in different spaces. I would love to hear more about your experiences in London!

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starise    368

Well here goes. I didn't dust. Please don't enlarge the pictures. Curtained area is my microphone closet among other things. There are two more keyboards in one closet. The room is too small to set them up.

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starise    368

I almost forgot about this. One of the favorite things in my studio was hiding behind the camera tripod.

 

MUAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!:excl::blink::blink:

 

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Richard Tracey    252
2 hours ago, starise said:

I almost forgot about this. One of the favorite things in my studio was hiding behind the camera tripod.

 

MUAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!:excl::blink::blink:

 

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Very zen.

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Ray888    159

Starise - Yes your studio definitely looks a little cluttered lol. If a small space has a good design it's surprising how neat you can make it. If you don't manage to move from your basement to a larger room I can always help out with a design if you provide me with a plan of your space. (for free). 

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starise    368
4 hours ago, Ray888 said:

Starise - Yes your studio definitely looks a little cluttered lol. If a small space has a good design it's surprising how neat you can make it. If you don't manage to move from your basement to a larger room I can always help out with a design if you provide me with a plan of your space. (for free). 

 

Thank you!

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starise    368
On 6/30/2017 at 1:55 AM, Richard Tracey said:

 

Very zen.

 

It has a sound setting so that it comes on at a certain level of sound. If it lights up I'm mixing too loud :)

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starise    368
On 6/29/2017 at 3:59 PM, Richard Tracey said:

They do seem to help, but I don't have my music playing through them very much at the moment as I get moaned at by my daughters!!!!

 

Ugh. Maybe they could join in singing sometime? That might warm them to the idea. 

 

 

 

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Ray888    159

Starise - Alternatively you could make a large soundproof box so that your daughters have somewhere to escape to when you play your music loud lol. :D

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XTREEMMAK    5

I still have some work to do with my side walls as I need some diffusion (made too many absorbers), but so far, this is my baby :D. I also stream a little hence the mic on the desk as well. Monitor and mic stand can also be swiveled out of the way to avoid metal ringing when mixing and blocking. The room is basically a square and with those speakers, it made a lot of sense to absorb and bass trap like no tomorrow. But, I actually overdid it to the point where I needed to take some absorbers down; hated the sound with all them up (sounded like a 60Hz wave was pulsating through my head constantly with nothing playing)!  Now I need to diffuse a little as I have two dead sections and one very live ringy section.

 

Problems aside, it's usable and listenable given the time...as with all rooms I guess. Just can't wait to get the diffusers up.

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Ray888    159

I think that one of your problems may be the size of your monitors compared to the size of your room.  I would advise you to situate your right hand screen above your larger monitor at an angle down because as a rule of thumb it is always a good thing to keep the monitor wall as symmetrical as possible.

 

Also I would advise that you place some thick absorbers behind your monitor speakers because it will help prevent reflections from the wall behind.

 

One more thing you could do is to hang some heavy curtains to the window which would prevent high frequencies bouncing back at you, or fit louvered wooden blinds leaving them at a 45 degree angle which would act as a diffuser.

 

Obtaining a balanced sound especially for mixing purposes is one of the hardest things to achieve and it will probably amount to much trial and error before you get it right.

 

My studio is a lot smaller than yours so I am using 5 inch Neuman KH120s which is as large as I dare risk. I have had a much larger studio in the past using 14 inch questeds but still used Yamaha NS 10s and cubes for reference.

 

Looks like you have a decent setup though.

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XTREEMMAK    5

I like the louvered wooden blinds idea as a diffuser! 

I might actually give that a shot; been meaning to redo the window treatment.

 

As for behind the monitors, I'm pretty much at my limit on adequate absorption directly behind them since they're deep cabinets, also since I'd need at least 4 - 6" of absorption for that to really be effective. As a tip from Ethan, I vaguely remember him saying to leave it off in this case since I can't get farther from the wall. Though I do have them angled as best as I can at the corners which are super trapped to a depth of 2 feet with different types of insulation (both 703 and rock wool), and I at least have the first reflection points covered with 2" traps with a 2" air gap. Checking the triangle as well, measurements to create the sweet spot with a equilateral triangle from both speakers and the listening position seems pretty good. Also did a lot of measurements with an omni.

 

Definitely was a lot better than it was, but honestly, I really don't want the room too dead; bothers me after a while.     

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john    1,416

A bit messy ATM, but here is the main bit... behind to right and left are guitars, amps etc. Just now I have an Isovox2 set up for a review instead of the usual movable baffle.

 

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