Mostly Complete Studio

 

Well I'm basically done building my new studio.  I've already explained a lot of what I've included in my studio.  I just wanted to post some photos of the finished product.  This is pretty much a DIY studio so I'll explain how I built some of the products.  I've been researching soundproofing and acoustics for 3 or 4 years now and have finally built everything I could imagine on a limited budget. 

One of the coolest things that my wife and I built together was the Skyline Diffusors.  The picture above shows a close up of one of them.  And here is a photo of my wife cutting some of the 564 blocks needed for four diffusers.  The purpose of a diffuser is to disperse sound waves so they don't just bounce back and forth between opposing walls.  I could have used some absorptive traps that would stop the sound waves but I didn't want my room to sound completely dead.

 

Below are the four diffusers hung in place.  These are positioned behind my computer so that sound from the speakers heads towards that wall and explodes in the room (at least that's the goal).  I used a free online calculator found here http://www.mh-audio.nl/user/acoustic%20calculator.asp to calculate the sizes of each block and their pattern (it isn't just random lengths placed wherever).

 

 

You'll also notice some of the bass traps hanging above the diffusers and to the right side of them.  I made these by building a wood frame (some 2' x 2' and some 2' x 4') kind of like a picture frame with some 3/4" thick stock.  Then I stapled some material from old sheets to the frame.  Then I put two layers of 2" Owens Corning 703 rigid fiberglass on top of this.  This was then wrapped with burlap and held on by stapling the burlap in the back to the frame.  I hung them basically like you would a picture.  Even though they look big they are quite light.

The picture below you can see the bass traps around my computer station.  It's best to have the acoustics symmetrical on your right and left side when sitting at the workstation.  I couldn't work out any perfect symmetry in any spot in the room so this is what I came up with.  The traps behind the speakers are meant to absorb any sound coming out the back of the speakers (mostly bass frequencies).  Corners are the first place you want to put bass traps so I had two wall corners and one ceiling/wall corner where I could place a trap.  Then you'll notice the trap on the wall to the right of the computer.  This is to grab the first reflection waves off the side walls that would bounce back at my ears.  I still have some of the rigid fiberglass left over and I think I will put one bass trap on the ceiling above my computer station based on the same principal of the first reflection point on the side wall.  I'm also thinking of making another 2' x 2' that I can mount on a microphone stand and place to the left of the computer workstation for more symmetry in acoustics.  I can't make it permanent because the window is in the spot that I would put it.

Continuing on, I decided I wanted a place to do guitar setup and repairs mostly for my own guitars but I've also done repairs once in a while for others.  I'm also starting to watch out for guitars that I can restore either for myself or to resell.  Here's the bench for doing all this.

I didn't have a lot of space to work with so I put nice big drawers in to store as many tools and supplies as possible.  I wanted more bench space so I made two pull out tables.  I also left a space in the bottom of the bench big enough to store a guitar that I might be working on.  Having this workspace has made working on guitars even more of a joy!

 

The final new thing in my studio that keeps it organized and clean is the storage in the closet.  I have one closet for this room that is under a stairway so it's long but the ceiling tapers down to the back of the closet.  I built some shelving along one length of the wall and the shelves gradually get shorter as they go back into the closet.  I could have left it like this but I needed a place for all my guitars so I built two carts that roll in and out of the space along the other wall of the closet.

Here you can see how I can slide the cart in and out of the closet easily to get to the guitars or whatever I may need along the wall of shelves in the closet.

I guess these are the main things I did to this room to make it serve as a practice room, recording studio, repair shop, lesson studio, oh and I had to make sure I kept enough room for an air mattress fit because this room also serves as the guest bedroom.  I hope this helps some of you in your own designs of home studios.  I'd love to answer any questions you may have.  Until next time.

Comments

Yoko August 07, 2013 @05:33 pm
Wow, Lauren! It now looks like something out of a clataog. Beautiful and inspiring! So much hard work but the result is stunning! Love the board and batten and rustic feel. Great job! I'm including a link back in today's highlights! Thanks so much for sharing!
Todd February 05, 2013 @02:06 pm
Hi, I like the studio! I think I'll try building the skyline diffusers as well. They don't mess with the stereo imaging? I can imagine that well placed absorbency panels would counteract if so. Anyway....I've been looking at your blog hoping to find out what kind of looper you used for "Stary Night". I heard it from Ed Englerth's ad for your concert at the Library on the 15th via a video he posted. I've been hoping to find one that fits my needs and am finding it is more of a journey than a simple purchasing choice.
Rudy September 14, 2012 @06:32 pm
What a great sound, i'm very impressed by the audio recordings (and playing). Thanks for commenting on my YT video and directing me here. Enjoyed it.
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