It has been a really long time since my last post on this forum. Thanks to this wonderful group of people I had built a really nice (for me) basement studio in a town home and had no complaints about sound bleed into the adjoining units! However I did learn a lot of lessons, particularly around room design. My mixes never translated well because I didn't have good symmetry or sound treatment in my control aread, and my live room was extremely fluttery and I just could never tame it, mostly because it was just too small and too symmetrical.
I moved out of that house several years ago and gave up the studio. I had built a makeshift recording space without any isolation in the basement of my new house which was just for me. It worked but with several kids running around it was a challenge to get clean recordings. Sadly we had a major storm here in the north east over the summer, the basement flooded, I lost a lot of my equipment and the space is ruined. Wanting to not go through such a thing again I decided to start from scratch with all the lessons I've learned and build a more permanent and lasting structure on my property. The goal for my studio is mostly personal use, however Im designing it so that within the next 20 years if I retire I can use it for some nice extra side cash. All of my kids are now young musicians as well and I want to make a place where we can all create and explore music together.
Ive now read the Rod Gervais handbook front to back, Ive recounted on my own experiences and I have been very active in visiting all the designs in this forum again. I wanted to start a design thread here because it was absolutely amazing the last time. This time though, I am older, wiser, have a slight bit more means, and most importantly I have patience. Hoping I can get the same value and great insights from this group once again!
That said here is what I am working with:
- - Studio Budget is $50k-$75k USD. Has to cover a new foundation and materials for contstruction, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. (I will do electrical, HVAC, and plumbing myself with friends)
- I can only put an additional 500 square feet of space on my property per township code with a max height of 16ft at the peak.
- It MUST have a bathroom
- A well designed and well ratio'd control room for mixing. (I WANT MY MIXES TO TRANSLATE!)
- A big comfortable flutter free live room with space for a whole band (3-4 people) to play.
- From a sound control perspective, Im only really worried about isolation between the rooms. Im in the country and far enough from my neighbors that as long as I can achieve an STC of 55-60 on the outside of the building it will be enough
- - Is the door on the angled wall of the control room a bad idea? Im worried that it will throw off the balance of the room in the listening location
- Do I really need an isolation room? I'd like a dead room to stick guitar cabinets in, potentially to do vocals also, but if I design the live room well is it really necessary?
- What do you think about the rough dimensions and layout of the rooms. The control room ceiling will be 9ft, the live room will be 12ft and pitched down to 9 (traditional barn style roof). Ive included the ratios (Type B) that I am hitting in the room with the current floor plan
Looking forward to building another studio with the help of this community!