Are we done yet?

So our open house last Saturday was a success! No more drywall! No more Home Depot! Seriously, it was great to see so many people come out. The construction took just shy of a year and it wouldn’t have been possible without help from some great friends. Specifically we want to thank Rachel and Lawrence Worthington, William Bowen, Jim Hutzler, John, Dave Z, Jeff McGrath, Steve Santillian, Emmanuel Nicolaidis, Ryan McBride, Asa Osbourne, Witch Hat and the guys and gals of Open Space. Obviously this was a labor of love and we want to continue that sentiment by being an available resource to the music and arts scene here in the greatest city in America! Now I just hope we remember how to use all this stuff…

Installing The Windows.

This was an intense night, but it was worth it. We used 3/8” and 1/2” thick laminated glass and neoprene gasket around the edges. The boxes are sealed with an acoustic sealant. 703 board is put in between the panes to absorb internal reflections. The glass is angled down 2” to cut down on standing waves. Putting double one in was especially nerve racking. I tried to clean the glass as best I could since once it goes in I’ll never be able to clean the inside again. Windex and newspaper are actually the best tools for this job.

The Big Push…

We’ve gotten a lot of help the past couple of months and made a lot of progress. The place is starting to really shape up. Lawrence has been working on the trim around the doors and windows and Rachel single handedly painted the entire ceiling. Amazing!

Several people have suggested that the studio should have a neutral zone where visitors can hang out and musicians can take breaks when the engineer needs alone time. So we built a room that will serve as a lounge as well as providing access to the front door, live room and control room. Eventually it will have a couch, fridge, video games and other amenities. It will also serve as a secondary isolation room for less critical sources. In this vain we decided to experiment with the construction a little. We placed the carpet pads we got recently on the studs. Then attached the drywall over that. The carpet is vinyl backed and vinyl is used in the walls of some studios like Electrical Audio in Chicago. It will be interesting to hear the difference between this wall and the double wide, staggered stud wall we made for the control and iso rooms.

Here are some pics from when we hung the doors for the control and isolation rooms. These suckers are super heavy and very high quality. Luckily we were able to find them used and still in good shape. The window on the iso room door will hopefully make it easier to communicate when other musicians are performing in the live room.

We finally put in the window! This was a huge step forward. It looks great and lets in a lot of natural light into the studio. We can even have plants! Since it’s facing west the whole studio is bathed in orange light when the sun goes down. And at night it’s really satisfying to drive across the 28th street bridge and see the little row of lights in the building.

We scored lot’s of reclaimed carpet, some of it brand new! Most of it is a nice grey but some of it is this cool black and white pattern that looks like TV static. We’ll probably use this in the control and isolation rooms.

We scored lot’s of reclaimed carpet, some of it brand new! Most of it is a nice grey but some of it is this cool black and white pattern that looks like TV static. We’ll probably use this in the control and isolation rooms.

Craig’s dad has done a pretty masterful job bricking up this section of the west wall. One more course to go and then we top it with the glass block. Hopefully before it gets too cold…

Craig’s dad has done a pretty masterful job bricking up this section of the west wall. One more course to go and then we top it with the glass block. Hopefully before it gets too cold…

Control room updates:

The walls and ceiling have been patched, sanded and primed. We installed track lighting in the control and iso rooms and outlets are wired up with quad boxes.

HVAC Install

We’re long overdue for a post but we still had a pretty busy summer over here. The heat wave definitely made things challenging but now the air conditioning and heating are in place. Just need power… Anyway I’ll be posting more stuff soon about the other stuff we’ve been working on.