Building a studio

Discussion in 'Home Recording and Studios' started by drewcp, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    We recently moved to a house with an unfinished basement. This means I can build a nice sized room to record. As we go through the process I will be updating the thread with pics.

  2. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    First thing I did was grab a homemade ISO box from Facebook marketplace for $40. Not exactly as advanced as a reactive load box. However, I have a Reyes Audio output tamer (attenuator) that will also help keep the volume at a reasonable level.

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  3. Shaytan

    Shaytan Squier-Nut

    Apr 10, 2018
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Congrats on the progress! I gotta ask, though... how big that cabinet is, though? I mean, 40 bucks for some plywood stapled together and with some noise foam placed half-assedly... I may be missing out something other than the ridiculous prices of the legit thing, but...
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  4. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
    Nice size room. I'll b watching progress
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  5. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    The plywood box is large enough to hold some 2x12s. Here it is with a Peavey 112-6 cab and some foam from Harbor Freight in the bottom.

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    When I priced material, I found that I could build something similar for around the same price, but certainly not better. And I have plenty to do without putting man-hours into building a plywood box.

    I'm not looking for pristine audio quality inside the box. I'm mainly interested in keeping the volume down so I can record at any/all hours. I might not even mic the cab, because I have a couple of Hughes & Kettner Red Box simulators available.

    I'm also trying to do things in a way that other people can replicate, if it works. Not trying to be the best here.
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  6. JoeInMichigan

    JoeInMichigan Squier-Meister

    Jun 10, 2018
    I'll be watching the progress ,thanks for posting it
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  7. waynes world

    waynes world Squier-Nut

    Jan 27, 2019
    I dream of building a no panic room/bomb shelter/studio lol
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  8. Best1989

    Best1989 Squier-holic

    Apr 25, 2019
    Awesome! This is a dream that a lot of us have, our own studio. I'll keep and eye on your progress, congrats on the good start.
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  9. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Dr. Squier

    Jul 14, 2017
    Maryland, USA
    This is going to be a fun thread! I can’t wait to see the process.

    Congrats on the new house by the way!
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  10. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones Squier-holic

    Oct 17, 2019
    Kansas Territory
    Pullin up a comfy chair, an poppin some popcorn, amigo! ;)
    Please, keep us posted...
  11. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    Good to have some space to get things done .

    I hope to be able to do this this coming year .

    My daughter is getting married soon and there will be some space :)
  12. Nathan1709

    Nathan1709 Squier-Meister

    Dec 30, 2017
    That looks like an amazing space. Very jealous indeed!
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  13. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    To each his/her own I guess but you're roughly half way to the cost of something like Amplitube 4 which gives you access to multiple amp, effects and cabinet simulators and total control over the entire guitar signal chain. With headphones it's silent and sound wise, entirely repeatable and/or endlessly changeable once you have your dry performance recorded.
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  14. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    Outlets going in

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  15. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones Squier-holic

    Oct 17, 2019
    Kansas Territory
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  16. surfrodguitar

    surfrodguitar Squier-holic

    Aug 4, 2016
    Laguna Niguel
    Looking good! 20 years ago I built a jam room in my garage. I only had to build 3 walls and the ceiling because one long wall was foundation/siding of the 3 level townhome that I had. However, I did build it with staggered studs so that the wall studs did not touch both sides of the outer and inner drywall....if that makes any sense. That way the sound vibrations could not transmit energy to the outside and vice versa. I got the plan out of a book. It worked well, I had drums and a JCM800 with a 4-10 cab, studio monitors. I would jam loud all night and to the outside world, just sounded like a faint radio playing. Back when I had big amps and played out with my alt rock band!
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