Over the past 2 weeks I have continued my consultations with studio design experts in LA, NY and Nashville.  They are the best of the best.  There's been a lot to digest and a lot of differing opinions on how to lay out the control room and live room.  I have taken in all of this information (as I will continue to do) and am doing what works best not only from an acoustic standpoint (very important!), but also a work flow.  

I was surprised at the varying opinions on having a window between the control room and live room (front, side, none).  Well, for me, I prefer facing whoever I'm recording straight on - not over my shoulder or via a camera.  So, yes, I'll sacrifice a little bit of reflection on the front wall in favor of a work flow that I think works better.  (I can always mount sliding panels that cover the window when I'm just mixing).

So, yes, we'll have the window on the front wall and going with what essentially is a LEDE (Live-End-Dead-End) design which is quite common (and accepted) for a studio in the business of recording musicians live.  If the studio were strictly for mastering or surround sound mixing, the design would be drastically different of course.

So, it looks like we'll be going back to the double-decoupled-wall construction with a "sandwich" of 5/8" drywall, 1/2" MDF, and another layer of 5/8" drywall on both the inside and outside walls (nothing but air and insulation between the two decoupled walls).

We're staying with the big, open 14+ foot ceilings in both the control room and the live room.  We will also be doing some really cool stuff with LED lighting to give us the flexibility to match whatever mood we're trying to capture in the music.  

Next weekend we'll continue removing all of the existing suspended ceiling tiles (on the live room side).  We just replaced 1 of the 2 industrial-size A/C units on the control room/equipment room side.

Still shooting for a November opening but there are a lot of variables that will affect the schedule including availability of contractors, materials, etc.

Stay tuned!

 

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