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DAWghaus 2.0 under construction...Closet into isolation booth?

Discussion in 'Recording In Progress' started by 4pickupguy, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    Well picked up the vocal booth door from Lowes Bathroom Furnishings and Recording Studio Decor dept and started framing it in... I have calculated the top cover and bottom riser base... and by calculated I mean I shoved 2x4s under the frame and went to town. The top has 1/2” of float built in after the floor is installed. The aluminum frame gets painted like the rest of the trim.
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    Very innovative — that's gonna be a cool setup!
     
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    Thanks Woodman! I’m throwin’ primer surfacer FINALLY!! Should have 95% of painting done this week[emoji6][emoji1303] I know its hard to see it now, there will be a header and footer for that frame. I am completely “winging it” as I go.
    Hope to have that “wung” by next week[emoji6].
     
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    Applied primer surfacer to every surface but the vocal booth which I left textured. Painted the ceiling which is just flawlessly smooth! Now I really hate popcorn ceilings after seeing this. Shot the inside of the vocal booth. Picked up the floor planks. The red is really bright in the pic but its actually a bit darker..
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    As the good Woodman likes to say, keep swinging the hammer!

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    The DawgHaus is painted and I installed the flooring today. I had to remove the vocal booth structural frame. Base board trim is next, then I install the vocal booth door for good and closeout the wall. Totally winging that one so, we’ll see. Then lighting. My god I am sore... I feel like I just took a slow motion lead pipe ass whoopin’, but closing in!!
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    Way to hang in there, looking good!
     
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    It'll be worth it all!
     
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    Man am I glad I found this! Late to the game but yeah, we’ve got a similar issue with one of our dogs. He’s an 85 pound psycho Rohdesian Ridgeback mix that hates the world. But in the last year or so he’s found his voice. He will only sing with my wife. No other music or tv (he actually can see and watches tv) will get him going. But as soon as she starts singing he joins in. We have to put him outside to record if we are trying to record her doing vocals.
    That aside, you’re doing a fantastic job on your in home studio and now I can follow the progress.
    You know, there was a very famous guitarist that used to be just like Chrissy is about not wanting to be watched while singing. They would have to put baffles up in the studio for him to sing behind.
    I don’t sing at all (it’s much better that way) but I completely get it. I think your vocal booth will work well with your privacy curtain idea. Can’t wait for you two to get back into action.
     
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    Many thanks Jim! All I was able to do today was install the baseboard trim pieces. I work between 50 & 60 hours a week, so I only get a little bit of time each weekend among all the other things I must do. Plus, I made a huge mistake letting Chrissy know that we (ok, by ‘we’ I mean ‘I’) can make home improvements.... WHAT WAS I THINKING BETRAYING THIS CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET!!!![emoji37] Next weekend I will start back on the booth install. She already had me remove the carpet in the hallway leading out of the DAWghaus and informed me the living room is next!!☹️ I think she’s on to me. In fact, SHE dragged ME through Home Depot AND Lowe’s today shopping for “ideas”.... That’s tantamount to ME taking HER dress shopping!! What seventh circle of hell have I created? The up side to this is she has let me buy all manner of tools to get it done. Today was a compressor a nail gun, brad nailer and pneumatic stapler. Last week a 12” sliding compound miter saw. All sorts of paint spray rig equipment.
    In all seriousness we are both dying to get the studio back online. We have a large backlog of tunes we have written and many covers we want to do. Plus nothing is better than having a productive day of creativity in the studio..... We call it “zoning” and our rule with each other is if one of us is zoning the other finds something else to do until we are needed for drum programming or vocals etc... We both live for this time! We have both watched the sun come up outside that window! Such is our addiction to music, but look who I’m telling this to!
     
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    No good deed goes unpunished, but at least your tool stash is growing nicely! And you're blessed with knowing your way around them. Seems like every time I pick up a tool, I bleed at some point! :rolleyes: Once you get rolling, I'd bet your stored-up inspiration will carry you a long way!
     
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    Every tool that I hold eventually, Inevitably becomes a hammer. This becomes very unfortunate if I happen to be holding, say, a chalk gun or brad nailer for example..[emoji1318][emoji53]

    Framed trimmed and ready for base trim, sealing, paint, lighting, glass mounting and finally sound treaments. [emoji41][emoji1303]

    My original direction felt too claustrophobic so I raised the ceiling which should allow a better approach to sound proofing.

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    Thinkin about something like this mounted to the closet door frame:

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    If you are thinking of a studio boom like your picture, consider ponying up a couple more dollars (well a bit more than that) for a Yellowtec.

    https://www.yellowtec.com/mika.html
     
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    You could try carpet tile if the sound bounces off the concrete too much. When the dog doodoo's, you pull it up, hit it with a flame thrower and you are done! Or just use a scarecrow. Good luck, looks awesome so far.
     
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    Thanks! They make cool stuff, but it’s probably out of my league. Their website was very eager to make an appointment with one of the US procurement specialist to customize a quote for me within 3 business days. I like the red recording led indicator on it![emoji53]

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    OC White’s $139 “Finger Slicer 2000” model is probably more my speed. GC had an Ultimate or Gibraltar Keyboardist Mic Arm for $100 or so...
    Sound treatments aren’t going to be cheap either.[emoji20]
     
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    Fletch and Chrissie: Wherever you take it, whatever you buy, it's immaterial because your eye is fixed on a vision that can't be denied, unless of course you throw yourself under a subway train or sumpn. Keep swinging the hammer! :D
     
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    Ok got a few licks in today and realized, I don’t want to devote 50/60 hours a week (I‘m salary) to herding cats anymore. I have no time for family or a personal life. I get cheated out of weeks of vacation every year because I HAVE to work (as in no option) instead, my employer takes most of it away and they only carry over two weeks each year. This studio should be finished a year ago[emoji34]. Today was a VERY positive epiphany for me. Things are going to change soon. Aaannywho, got the door mounted and trued up to seal correctly. It is surprisingly dead inside, so, any reflections should be easy to tame is such a small space. The door’s shape (if not it’s super reflective material) actually helps things out by having a ‘focal length’ just like a parabolic mirror. It’s not a true parabola but the focal length is roughly the radius of the door.
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    The trim needs to be trued up again and painted same gray as the top. Base boards installed and painted as well.

    Edit: Ok, I took a phone in the booth with me and recorded my voice and it is VERY ‘bathroom’ sounding. I’m not sure how installing a bathroom shower door caused this[emoji848]. To these ears it’s mostly high end splashy stuff. We will go pick out a rug and some acoustic treatment tiles this week and try to tame this beast. I’ll start out treating the opposing surfaces (floor/ceiling two side walls) and move on from there, however, I am open for suggestions. Don’t say install a drain, a shower head and a towel rack outside the booth![emoji6]
     
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    ... Tub conversion? :D

    Before I moved into my treated space, I used a mike shield like the above. Effective up to a point and definitely better'n nothing. But unless you deaden those shower doors somehow, it's gonna sound like, well, a shower!
     
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    Yes, maybe I’ll put the dog in the booth and record outside of it[emoji6][emoji1360].

    What I am hearing is flutter from the floor to the closet ceiling as it is about a foot higher than the bedroom! Its really tall inside. I will treat the parallel surfaces and back wall for now count on the focal length of the door to hit the back wall. It will no doubt be a work in progress for sometime. Anything should be better than what we had.
     
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