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  1. Hi Kevin,

    The plans look great, the only thing I’m thinking is that you’ll end up with small spaces you don’t use if, as you say, you do mainly vocals and bluegrass. Have you considered the one room approach? You could create a really cool space that is just one room using screens for separation if needed. Keeps you in with the talent. More intimate. use rugs and cool props. I’ve seen a lot of cool studios take this approach. Regards Simon

    1. hey Simon.. thanks. you know, my studio designer friend came and told me some of the same stuff. I had a one room studio but needed isolation more. Stay tuned, i’m posting a video today of what he said.

  2. Hi Kevin,
    I am worried about you first angle of reflection in your mix room. With glass on your right side what will you do about it? Also, with your tracking rooms so small and with so much reflective glass, you will have a hard time keeping the early reflection out of your recordings. Plus you could have a resonance in those small rooms even though you have scewed the walls. How will you deal with thoughs issues without covering the glass?

    1. Hey Rob. Dave Rochester told me the same thing. The smaller the room (and lower the ceiling) the harder to treat.

      As far as the glass, I just open the door when I’m mixing so i don’t get the first reflection.

      K

  3. I have to say, I think that more smaller rooms is not the way to go, I think you’ll get a better more usable space if you leave it one or two rooms + control room, one large drum room “live room” etc and another on the larger side “comfortable” vocal/acoustic booth “Quiet Room”. By the time the(thick)walls go up the space will be diminished. I have tried to divide my studio once but the space seemed very closed in and cramped. I have since made it one large room and it’s much nicer. Mostly I find myself cutting vocals in the control room anyway to be in communication with the artist, but maybe have a large vocal booth for those more sensitive (Low Noise) vocal sessions would be good too. I think it would be great to cut drums there but you’d probably want to go to Steve Brewster’s studio for that anyway 🙂 Something that may be useful would be Amp Iso Boxes built in and soundproof so band can play in the room and amps will be isolated and take up less space then a whole room. http://mattsorum.com/studio/ has these in his studio. They look like small “meat lockers” Really you need to ask yourself what will the space be used for mostly and do you really need it to be many smaller rooms. Check out http://www.johnlsayers.com/ site for other studio ideas. Also check out http://www.georgeshilling.com/#!studio/ch9d. Hope this helps Talk Soon. Karl

  4. Greatness lives on the edge of disaster…I’m sure no matter what use of space you employ, your skills will make it sound as great as your intention..Be patient…Give thanks…keep on Fixin & Mixin…Much Rhythm Luv…. Gary….

  5. Kevin,

    In case you didn’t get my message about B-Dry…

    Had a crack across the width of my basement floor that allowed water to come in when the water table got up because of heavy rains. A nationally known company called B-Dry came in and dug a 1 foot wide trench along one wall down to the footer, then across the crack, and inserted gravel and their patented trough drain ran to a collector well in the corner, with a sump to pump the excess water outside. Then they re-poured the concrete. They guarantee it for the life of the house. Their full treatment is to place the trough in a ‘U’ fashion around the whole parameter of the basement walls, which I did not do. It cost me $4800 back in 2009. I’ve had no problems since.

    Dave

  6. Kevin,

    Something to consider when bass trapping. You can order Roxul Safe n’ Sound mineral wool from Lowes or Home Depot. It comes in 3″ thick batts. This material is especially good for bass trapping in the corners and rear wall, but it can be a good absorber for first reflections too. Could easily build a portable wood frame on a stand to move around, could even put casters on it. Cover it with simple breathable fabric using staples. Since Roxul is made of metal slag material, it’s not like fiberglass that could leech out.

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