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Toby M

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A one room studio plan, am i barking mad?
« on: September 10, 2006, 06:00:57 am »

Heres a link to a picture of what ive been thinking about.

Keeping my new place a one room studio, with seperate machine room and perhaps an iso. the reasons being i still find my self doing 95% of my work in the controlroom anyway and im not loaded enough to have a live room being left unused and im a bit hooked on the communication issues and faster work flow as well.


Any inputs more than welcome ! / Thanks / /Toby






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Re: A one room studio plan, am i barking mad?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2006, 01:59:23 pm »

Toby,

> i still find my self doing 95% of my work in the controlroom anyway <

Exactly. I've had a one-room setup for 12 years and I can't imagine working any other way. When I record others we all use headphones. No big deal. Also, aside from ergonomics, with home studios it's much better to have one large room than two rooms each too small to sound good.

--Ethan

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Re: A one room studio plan, am i barking mad?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006, 07:01:48 pm »

I also have done a couple of one-multi-purpose-room projects for writer/performer/engineer types. They have generally worked out quite well, as long as the client understands what they are asking for, and what the limitations will be... It's a great place to record yourself, or one other, but setting up a band to record is tricky ("Real World Studios" comes to mind)....The connections both physically and emotionally to a vocalist in this type of environment can really bring out some great performances..
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Re: A one room studio plan, am i barking mad?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006, 10:29:00 pm »

franman wrote on Tue, 12 September 2006 16:01

I also have done a couple of one-multi-purpose-room projects for writer/performer/engineer types. They have generally worked out quite well, as long as the client understands what they are asking for, and what the limitations will be... It's a great place to record yourself, or one other, but setting up a band to record is tricky ("Real World Studios" comes to mind)....The connections both physically and emotionally to a vocalist in this type of environment can really bring out some great performances..


When I was in L.A. I did several sessions at Studio 56 in the back room, Studio E I think it was called. It had been a sound stage at one time in its life, so it was a good sized room, though not a huge "build the Taj Mahal set" kind of big. Anyway, they added a stage (raised off the floor a bit, and with interestingly angled wood walls behind) in back that was cool for drums, and had the Neve 8028 behind Vincent Van Haaf's "The Wall." You could get some isolation and a reasonable front monitoring wall, but you were still in the same room as the band. It was the best of both worlds.

"The Wall" was a big metal frame with a control room style window, a pair of double 15" main monitors (with amps), and some angled sides and an expansion angled top. It was basically the front 10 feet of a proper control room. Even though Vincent's was modular, you could build such a front wall into a permanent installation, saving money on materials and isolation, but still having a bit of isolation and more controlled monitoring. Interesting idea. You cannot, however, make fun of the vocalist while the talkback mic is off!
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Re: A one room studio plan, am i barking mad?
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2006, 09:20:04 am »

Two rooms that are too small is always much worse than a combined larger room.

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Re: A one room studio plan, am i barking mad?
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2006, 04:01:07 pm »

RIght on Bob....
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Re: A one room studio plan, am i barking mad?
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2006, 07:59:03 am »

Thanks for all the input so far.
I guess all studios are just a whole buch of compromises Rolling Eyes

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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2006, 11:42:20 pm »

I often describe my job (to customers) as a series of educated compromises....
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