My home studio 98% done

Malapp

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I just have to share. I retired 6 months ago, moved to a quite little town in SE Georgia, i quit working and quit gigging. Coming from Miami, FL, you know we had some change from the sale of our 1200 sq ft Miami Beach Condo to our 3,000 sq ft home with a full 3,000 sq ft basement in Georgia. I know my photos aren’t a very good representation of the size of the room But, it is 16 x 14.

The first thing I did after unpacking the last box was get my budget for the studio from the Commander in Chief AKA my wife. She told me I was nuts when I told her I need more than 10K. Turns out I was well short of the goal. I did everything myself. Bought a drywall lift and every other tool I needed and went to work. I used all of the latest technology. Given that when someone stood above where my studio was going, they could almost repeat words held at normal conversation level. I guess a sheet of plywood under hardwood floors doesn’t do much for sound insulation. The primary goal over and above ”man cave” was getting the sound level outside the room as close to zero as possible.

There was a lot of debate on how how to treat the two exterior walls. My home is 62 years old so, all the water seepage and the like had been dealt with long ago. The big issue here was sound transfer from cinder block walls. Turns out there is a lot of reflection. So, first I put 2 x 2 studs up with rock wool insulation in between. Then I put up a layer 5/8ths drywall. Next I put up resilient channel held by whisper clips. Since everything was on 2 ft centers, I was able to attach each whisper clip on 48” centers top to bottom and side to side. Oh yea, I forgot, the previous owner had the useless 5’ ceilings and dirt floors useless. He had the whole thing dug out to 9’ deep on a floating slab.

So now I had a perimeter. The cinder block exterior walls and the other 2” x 4” walls. It seamed odd to put the channel over a sheet of drywall, Didn't matter, I went forward with a second sheet of 5/8 drywall followed by Green Glue and another layer of 5/8 drywall. The entire room was completed including the ceiling. After all was completed, I had 1 3/4 inch of drywall on the wall and ceilings.

Prior to putting the last layer of drywall, I had to finish the electrical. It’s really hard to find box extensions to get to 1 3/4 inch of drywall. There were three separate circuits. Two were dedicated to the wall outlets and the other was for the ceiling which I wanted to use LED lights. To finish it off, I put natural #2 shiplap on the entire ceiling and then 34 inches up the side walls. The wood really looks good with the dark green walls.


So for now, I am left waiting for the carpet and the guitar hanging system. For now, I have them on one wall. When the hanger is done, I’ll be able to hang ten guitars on one wall. The next issue became a microphone solution. I am willing to bet everyone who has made it this far is saying ‘yea what a pain.” i found the Tuiad Orbitz system at Sweetwater. This thing is outrageous. Anyone who needs a mic solution you need to check out Triad Orbitz. It truly is a games changer.

All that’s left after the hanger comes in is the carpet and that is scheduled for December 28th. Earlier today we did a highly scientific sound measurement test. I had my wife and her sister go upstairs above the studio and I went downstairs and turned on Amazon music to a level I could hardly stand. The result, they could hear sound but couldn’t make out the tune. I guess that gets me a job well done Merritt badge.
 

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sws1

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I can’t tell for sure, but it looks like you might need a lot more sound treatment on the walls.
Then again, I don’t know what the purpose of your studio is.
 

HCMarkus

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You've done the first half of studio construction: isolation.

The second half is making it sound great inside your new playroom. A few bits of foam here and there aren't gonna' do the trick.

But you'll get there. Here's hoping you enjoy the journey!
 

Malapp

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I certainly understand that, what I have right now is another blank slate. It’s a room that can become a great space. Even though I am 98% of the way done, I am really only 2% there. Thanks for the look.
 

Malapp

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You've done the first half of studio construction: isolation.

The second half is making it sound great inside your new playroom. A few bits of foam here and there aren't gonna' do the trick.

But you'll get there. Here's hoping you enjoy the journey!
You are so right. It’s hard to see but there is a lot of 1” foam on the walls. I have a ton of 2” rock wool left to cover and hans.
 

Malapp

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Congrats! Looks like a warm, cozy space.
Thank you for the look. Part of the grand plan was a place I don’t ever want to leave. Last night my wife suggestef movie night in the cave. It was incredible. Those Adam A7X’s with the sub can really get the job done!
 

spence

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Looks like you're on your way. You might want to ditch the foam for some rigid fiberglass panels, especially in any corner of the room (the bigger and deeper the better in corners) where you want to trap the low end buildup. There are lots of good sites out there explaining room treatments. You can make them yourself a lot cheaper than buying them. Best of luck with your build, and have fun!
 

BWebb

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Nice looking space. But I’m curious about your thought process on speaker placement. Not only does placing them in the corners present acoustical nightmares but you would also have to sit pretty far back to find the sweet spot.
 




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