This studio is being built in the basement of our house near
Long Sought for Pond in Westford Massachusetts . Thanks go
to John Sayers and the rest of the contributors to the homerecording.com
forums for design ideas, theory of how and why and other help
along the way.
plan is shown below. My wife and I decided to go ahead and
use as much of the basement as possible. The 'lounge' area
in the upper right is a pipe dream for now. Until we get a
shed or garage, it is where the lawnmower, toys, tools, paint
and other detritus live. The room in the upper left is the
A room, it will be the main recording area. The room in the
bottom right is the B room, it will be smaller and will be
primarily for vocals and overdubs. The control room is in
the center bottom. I tried to position it so that the lowest
part of the ceiling is over the console.
on image for PDF file of studio plan.
is a shot of the basement prior to really starting. The stairs
have been framed in and the area underneath is for one of
two air duct boxes
floor is floated on 2x4 " sleepers with rubber pucks
glued to the bottom. This shot shows a bunch in place waiting
for the plywood deck. One is turned over to show the puck
is the air return combiner. From the picture, the two ports
on the right are inputs from different rooms. The left port
connects to the main return duct in the house.
shows how we framed in the heat ducts. The two registers shown
conect through a long flex duct to the box above.
room floor sleepers down, heat duct framed and covered in
3/4" particle board. Notice the wall on the right is
the new home for the ping-pong table... very good mass!
room rear wall. The outside wall was built using John Sayers
space saving method (As were most walls). The inner angled
pieces are for absorbtion. The Diffusor in the center is homemade.
the wall(s) between the control room and the A room. Rather
then angleing the glass top to bottom, we angled the walls.
The glass is recycled windows from a neighbors family room.
The floor in this room will be hardwood.
view of the A room. The door is a double door that acceses
the heater. To the right of the door behind the wall is our
oil tank which extends below the window. We built a full wall
over the pipes etc and the angled part over the remainder.
Further to the right, you can see the walls stuffed with rockwool.
shot is of the B room (realy and oversized vocal booth) from
the control room. The two openings you see are the doorway
on the right and an opening for a glass brick wall on the
left. The remaining walls and ceiling will be completely dead.
This room and the control room get carpet.
shows one rear corner of the control room, this is the tape
nook for the tape machines. This picture also shows the angled
ceiling in the rear of the room.