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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by drumsound » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:32 pm

Those ceiling joists look perfect for hanging clouds.

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by vvv » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:35 pm

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Those ceiling joists look perfect for hanging clouds.
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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:29 pm

drumsound wrote:
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Those ceiling joists look perfect for hanging clouds.
My thought exactly!

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:46 pm

Here’s the new dricore floor ( tongue and groove chip board with styrofoam backing) installed and awaiting it first coat of finish. As I type this the first coat is done and I’m making soup and drinking beer while waiting to apply the second.

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:13 am

So many developments in the last week. The room is (mostly) done. Furniture, equipment and instruments are slowly coming back out of storage. Treatments are up ( but more are needed). I did my first mix session yesterday with a skeleton set-up. It seems to translate pretty well. And there were no big surprises in the low end when I listened on other systems (which is a huge relief).

Once time permits I’ll be disassembling the current desk and building a new mixer stand/ rack for the board and patchbays, power supplies and monitor controller. The three racks in the photo below will go off to the left. Tape machines to the right.
For now it’s just nice to be up and running and working on music instead of construction.

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by drumsound » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:47 am

Looking good, Dave.

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by markjazzbassist » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:11 am

looks great! what console is that? what tape decks ya got?

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:00 am

A.David.MacKinnon wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:13 am
it’s just nice to be up and running and working on music instead of construction.
it sure is. so much easier and much more fun!

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:13 am

markjazzbassist wrote:
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looks great! what console is that? what tape decks ya got?
It's a Soundcraft 500 (with some 600 bits thrown in). The tape decks are a Tascam TSR16S, revox 2 track and a bunch of cassette machines (Tascam 488, Vestax 6 track cassette and a Tascam 122).

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by roscoenyc » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:04 pm

You've got the room. It looks great. I hope you can at least try the 38% formula. It's got to sound better than being totally up against the wall.

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:24 pm

That’s the plan once I get my new desk and speaker stands built.
I had a mix session booked and was scrambling to find the gear and set up until about 1am the night before. The current configuration is a total compromise but hopefully a very temporary one.

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by roscoenyc » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:47 am

A.David.MacKinnon wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:24 pm
That’s the plan once I get my new desk and speaker stands built.
I had a mix session booked and was scrambling to find the gear and set up until about 1am the night before. The current configuration is a total compromise but hopefully a very temporary one.
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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by Magnetic Services » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:27 am

Looks awesome! Is that how the floor's going to stay? My live room has plywood over a floating floor and I ended up just collecting enough rugs to cover the whole thing, because flooring is expensive as shit! I considered getting nicer ply and staining/coating it, but that's expensive too and I had sessions to book.
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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:08 pm

Magnetic Services wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:27 am
Looks awesome! Is that how the floor's going to stay? My live room has plywood over a floating floor and I ended up just collecting enough rugs to cover the whole thing, because flooring is expensive as shit! I considered getting nicer ply and staining/coating it, but that's expensive too and I had sessions to book.
Yep the floor is staying as is for the foreseeable future. I’d like hardwood someday but this will do the trick for now. I gave it 5 or 6 coats of varnish so it’s sealed.
I need a few more area rugs but I like the idea of being able to roll them up if I want a brighter sound (say for congas and other hand drums).

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Re: Garage Studio Build

Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:11 pm

roscoenyc wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:04 pm
It's got to sound better than being totally up against the wall.
Respectfully disagree somewhat. Unless you can get the speakers a good distance from the front wall, you're better off right up against it. The cancellation freq moves up (and is therefore easier to treat, and less problematic in general) the closer you get to the wall.

http://www.mh-audio.nl/CancellationFreq.asp

In my old room, the low end response improved dramatically when I moved the speakers close to the wall, they were maybe 2' out before. It was so much better I wondered how I was able to do any good work before.

With the speakers right up on the wall you will get a general low end boost, but that's far better than a big null at 80 or 100 or wherever. Your ears will easily adjust to the broad bass boost, but a big null right in the middle of the bass range is really tough to work around.

I do think the depth perception is better with the speakers well away from the front wall rather than right up against it, but most people don't have the luxury of losing 5' of space at the front of their room.

In any event, I can't recommend Room EQ Wizard enough, essential for speaker positioning/acoustics tweaking.

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