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Building the Definite Home Studio / Construction Stage (Episode Final - Everything Else :O)

So funny to go back and write all that... as the small studio is working since quite some time. But's it's nice to remember the building process and also, in case anyone reads that... well, it might be of some help.

So now back on track with the last Episode. After the drywalls were finished, sound absorption was to be installed. After numerous calculations of mods and stuff I went radical - decided to make a "dead room". First, such a small room is a pain in the **s job, you have to live with it and never pretend you design and construct your Abbey Road. Second, well, a small room is a small room. Basstraps need space. Guitar amps need space. And you have to decide what to sacrifice....

I am pretty familiar with absorption products made by the French guys from Saint-Gobain. Been their employee for half of a decade :) Wanted to use Ecophon (glasswool), but it is damn expensive. So switched to Eurocoustic (stone wool slabs), which is not so bad after all. Acoustichoc 50mm panels on the walls and Tonga 40mm panels on the ceiling. Acoustichoc is basically a system with rigid surface for sports halls, so it is pretty hard to scratch it and you can easily clean with a damp cloth.

Simple but effective and easy to install wall grid system (Omega profiles by Ecophon on corners and T-grid for suspended ceiling). Can be dismantled in minutes:

And the final looks of the recording booth outer wall (facing the mixing "room"):

Doors and window were also pretty serious and heavy stuff. As you will see doors (of course) are two. One on the inner and one on the outer wall. All connections between them and the studs are through rubber tapes. Doors are made by an Austrian producer, specialized in soundinsulating barriers... but don't ask for the name. Forgot it :)

Window is again actually two separate windows, with a gap between, filled with rubber tape. Glasses are inclined, inner one is 8mm and outer one is 100mm thick. God, they weight a lot...

Window - a closer look (glasse are still not installed):

Then came the wiring. I made two DIY "switchboards" with a combination of different connections:

The thickness of the wooden block on the back was exactly 40mm, equal to the absorbtion layer on the wall:

So, at the end, the finished "switchboard"looked like that:

So... what was left was the final touch: solid oak floor in the recording booth, power wiring, painting, spotlights, corner profiles... etc. The stuff that looks tiny, but seems with no end in sight.

Recap: it was a hell of a month.

How does it look finished?

In the next Episode :)

Thanks for reading :)