Studio Renovation Diary
While my control room has served the studio and its engineers well for many years, I’ve never been able, until now, to take the time to completely and scientifically finish and perfect the room. It’s been in need of some acoustic improvements and a permanent HVAC solution for some time. That time has finally arrived. It’s a truism that the relationships we build in the music business are more important than nearly anything else. Last year I had what turned out to be the great fortune of hosting a band whose bass player, Karp, turned out to be one of the most talented and creative studio designers in Chicago. He loved my studio and appreciated the immense potential lying within.
Since that time, Karp and I have stayed in touch, and he’s developed a series of plans for acoustic improvements for all of my rooms. We started with the control room in October. This involved closing the studio for a few weeks and completely emptying the control room of all the equipment and stripping away all of the existing acoustic treatments. Given a complete blank slate, we re-did the HVAC, introducing more feeds at the floor level and then a high return in the upper back of the room that gently pulls the air through the room and breaks up any stratifications. From there, we implemented Karp’s plans for trapping all of the corners of the room, adding accent lighting to the upper soffits. Looks awesome. Total star wars.
In the rear of the room, above the large glass block window, we built a structure that contains 40+ swinging bass traps, arranged in a top secret array. That’s all I can say about that. Classified info. Pics coming soon.