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 Post subject: Studio in a Container
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:20 pm 
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Here's a link to a page I'm working on to post in the constuction site - I'm still waiting to get finished pics with all the gear in it etc. but as some of you are asking about the container studio I've put together a page for you. :D

HERE

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John, thanks for posting that! Came out fantastic, very interesting!

I got a few questions if you don't mind:

1) How good is the isolation of the container?
2) What are the inner dimensions now?
3) How ist it sounding in there?
4) In your opinion, what are the "real" compromises and drawbacks when forced to build a studio in such a small space?
5) What is it used for...especially the booth!

Would be great if you could adress these...great project to learn from.

Thanks
Florian


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 6:30 am 
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Well now Mark can work anytime of the day. The container is parked in his yard next to the house. If you stand outside it you can just hear some low end when the monitors are flat out (KRKs) but no problem for the neighbours etc. You can't hear the Aircon unit and the aircon worked a treat.

It sounds very good response wise - the low end is clean and tight and the imaging very accurate - there's the proverbial low end lift at the rear where the couch is - the rooms too small and rectangular to stop that effect.

Inside it doesn't feel at all claustraphobic. I was in there with Mark and Graham (the carpenter) and three was comfortable - any more would be pushing it IMO. Mark played me some acoustic guitar and vocals he recorded flat from the booth - sounded nice. no low end problems and not dead sounding. His wfe Bec has a great voice.

He has a typical PC based setup , dual monitors and cubase SX and some nice mic pres.

All in all - for someone who wants a movable unit - especially someone who rents - it has turned out to be good value, plus it fits on the back of a truck and can go anywhere.

We are now considering adding a second unit with a live room :)

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john


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:26 am 
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Thanks John! :D


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really good trip !

I really love that can king of experience !

big up to you ! :D

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did you fill the flooring with a spray-foam insulator, or cut out sheets of it?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 7:38 am 
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They used cut strips of rigid fibreglass.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 7:02 am 
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how much does a container cost?
and how much cost everything togather?


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Great idea! I saw a TV show on the BBC a while back, about unorthodox homes, here's the homepage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/tv/guerri ... omes.shtml

Some real useful links in there including contact info for container companies (UK only I'm afraid)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:09 pm 
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Here are some new finished pics.

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john


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Nice, I don't know what else to wtite about a studio in a container! :D

Impressed;
Andre


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 10:44 am 
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hey - with drums :)

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I wonder how much it cost to build that...

hmmm...

Like 5- 10 g's probably?


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Hey John, did you build those doors? If no, where did you get them? If yes, how did you build them? They look really cool and having the door with glass between the CR and the tracking room was a great idea. I always see big glass sliding doors in studio plans and wonder where people are getting those as well...


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Hey John

Are we able to purchase a copy of the plans for this?

Regards Simon


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