From: "Dave Martin" <dave.martin@n...>
Date: Sat Feb 10, 2001 5:17 am
Subject: Re: [acoustics] studio design
: Hi !
: The whole point is how sound proof do I want it to be.
: I have seen all this talk about a studio not being totally dead going on.
: But the trend here in India is to make totally dead studios, or at least
: to, which is drawing me to conflicts with the acoustic experts.
Totally dead studios were a trend some years ago in the US and in Europe,
but many studios have gotten away from that. I personally like for rock
drums to be recorded in a room with at least some ambiance.
: The target recordings will be mainly of Rock Bands, vocal overdubbings,
: Indian songs with instruments like tabla, dholak etc.
: I have gone through all the articles at http://www.mcs.net
and want to
: it as per that specs only, but then space is a limitation, so we have to
: make some adaptations.
That's OK - every studio has to adapt what they would like to have with what
the space allows and what they can afford.
: I will be using a Hard disk based recording system, using cool edit pro as
: the software.
: Outboard eqpt includes 6 single unit rack mounted processors, A Dat
: recorder, 3 Head cassette ecorder, an outboard 16 channel mixer.
OK, then that's not a lot of equipment - at least it doesn't take up a lot
of space and generate a lot of heat. The biggest concern, then will be the
number of people that will be in the studio, I would think. And the
temperature of the outside.
: The entrance to the room is on one end, full open.
: Could this info help you in answering my questions?
THe biggest problems that I see is you'll want to be able to get from the
outside into the control room without going through the tracking room (That
way, someone making a delivery won't interfere with the recording), and
ideally you would want to be able to get into the tracking room without
going through the control room (think of musicians bringing in equipment -
you don't want them banging into your equipment). Unfortunately, as the room
is only 11.5 feet wide, I don't really see a way to do that without making
the control room very, very narrow.
So my first guess, especially if the bathroom is in the same corner as the
entrance, would be to make an entry hall/break room next to the front door,
perhaps 8 feet wide, and then the control room, which would be the whole
width of the building (11.5 feet wide and perhaps 15 feet in the other
dimension. By the way, I would put the console and hard disk system on one
side of that room, and the doors, one to the entry hall and one to the
tracking room on the other side of the control room. In other words, don't
think of looking over the top of the mixer into the tracking room, but
instead, look sideways. This is often referred to as a 'side loaded' control
room; this is a popular approach for Russ Berger; you can see examples of
side loaded rooms at www.rbdg.com
. Then use the rest of the space for the
Of course, tomorrow, I might have another idea...