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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:46 am 
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I've been lurking and reading and asking some stupid questions here, while waiting all the paperworks&permits&etc for our house to be cleared.
initially I was hoping to hire a company to do a design for me,
but since it looks like it's going to take months to get this mess dealt
( that I'm not going to go into more deeply, our house has some unfinished paperwork hanging)
and the cost of these "garage to homestudio"-designs would be roughly 2-5k€
I thought that I might as well try to see what I could come up by my own.
and by my own I mean googling and asking more stupid questions here:)

But I have this double car garage (picture attached) measuring 6.34mx6.34m(minus wall thicknes~66mm)
that I would like convert into 2 rooms
-Music production/mixing space (pictured green)
I make mostly beats/electronic music and record Vocals and sometimes acoustic stuff.

-and remaining space for my groupdiy/electronics/hobby stuff
ideally this is space to temporarily drive my car in if needed.

I think my first question is should I make my "music-side" of the garage as big as I can
or split this "music side" to even smaller "control room" and mic booth?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:39 am 
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I did think about the tracking vs control room type of room and personally will chose to do only a room since it will be used more as a music room to jam and I do not require too much critical listening since I don't like that much to mix my music. I will still want it to be "fairly neutral", but still lively. I chose the one room design as well for budget reason. It is one wall less to build, less material, less working time, etc...

Good luck with your design.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:19 pm 
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djippy wrote:
I did think about the tracking vs control room type of room and personally will chose to do only a room since it will be used more as a music room to jam and I do not require too much critical listening since I don't like that much to mix my music. I will still want it to be "fairly neutral", but still lively. I chose the one room design as well for budget reason. It is one wall less to build, less material, less working time, etc...

Good luck with your design.


Thanks! and good luck with your build!

On the other hand I would like one "bigger"(as this really isnt a BIG) room.
that would be symmetrical and had more distance to back wall,
but If I would make a vocal booth then that would eat up the space from the front /back
and my room might be even smaller and worse as a control room..

I know I could make gobos and other movable acoustic-thingies, but maybe I could build some sort of foldable mic booth
that would have even just a little bit of isolation and enough absorption..and still get decent mix room/control.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:07 am 
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Hi anodiverta,

It would be best to not cut the garage exactly in half,as the garage is a square. You want to avoid any dimensions being multiples of another dimension (or within 5% of a multiple). You will have multiple strong axial modes around 54Hz.
Increasing the width to around 3.6m would be a better starting point.

I would definitely not split the music room any further. There is not enough space for a usable booth that won't sound like a cupboard.

If you design your room to be relatively dry, then you can record your vocals fine in the room.

You will find it difficult to mix in a lively room. If you want a multi purpose room you would be best off creating "variable acoustic" devices. This is a treatment device that opens/slides/swivels to reveal a different surface beneath. Using these all around the room can be used to "tune" the decay rate in the room to the desired amount for the use at the time.

The simplest of these devices would probably be a ply wood panel screwed to a frame with the back filled with insulation and covered in fabric. Stand it up against a wall. When you want a dry room, turn it so the soft side is facing the room, when your want a lively sound, turn it so the ply wood is facing the room.

Dan

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