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Bill_Urick

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Drywall vs. wood
« on: December 28, 2008, 11:00:58 pm »

Providing that sufficient acoustical treatment will be applied, does wood have any advantage over drywall in studio construction?

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Re: Drywall vs. wood
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2008, 11:06:27 pm »

Totally depends on what you mean by "wood."  Density is the key to blocking sound, and sheetrock is pretty hard to beat on a price/performance level for that.  Particle board (not chipboard, but the glue and sawdust variety) is also quite good.  I personally wouldn't use plywood for studio walls, though real wood (1x pine, etc.) can be a really nice interior treatment visually and aurally.  

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Re: Drywall vs. wood
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2008, 07:39:48 pm »

I love the sound of a wood clad room.

Like Tom says density is a big consideration... Thin laminate flooring does not sound at all like 2" solid hardwood for instance. (Although Tom was talking about transmission/absorption)

My favorite room of all time (that I've owned) was clad 100% in tongue and groove Cedar ("Redwood" in the US)... We used off-cuts from a siding company all about 12" to 24" in length like a mosaic... Free! ...  and sounded completely awesome... a poor mans Compasspoint!

My next room will likely be one layer of 1/2" drywall, one layer of 5/8" drywall covered with 3/4" of Cedar/Redwood.. The drywall to dampen transmission.. the wood for the acoustics



EDIT:  It is likely local building codes would require a minimum of 5/8" drywall as a firestop regardless...






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Re: Drywall vs. wood
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2009, 12:23:46 pm »

Avoid drywall as far as you can. Rooms totally covered with drywall simply kill the midrange. Experienced that more times than I would like.

Keeps the humidity out though.

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Re: Drywall vs. wood
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2009, 03:26:34 pm »

Bill_Urick wrote on Sun, 28 December 2008 23:00

Providing that sufficient acoustical treatment will be applied, does wood have any advantage over drywall in studio construction?

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Bill,

I'm doing a couple rooms right now.

The live room is two layer 5/8" drywall (65 sheets sitting in my driveway right now) green-glue'd for isolation.

I have plans for corner traps and a couple other broadband bass traps and poly's throughout the room.

For any exposed drywall areas I am going to be cutting thin strips of a soft open wood (cedar is my #1 choice right now) to make my own paneling...

Should be pretty easy to set up the table saw to spit out as many strips as I need.
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Re: Drywall vs. wood
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2009, 06:43:18 pm »

JB,

Yeah, I went with the drywall. I enjoyed worrying about it for a while, though. Lots of 703 and wooden diffusors on the way.

Noticed you worked with Klotz at one time. I did a bit of maintenance for him at PRTVC. Wish I could have gotten that Sphere console when they closed down.
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Re: Drywall vs. wood
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009, 11:41:54 am »

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JB,

Yeah, I went with the drywall. I enjoyed worrying about it for a while, though. Lots of 703 and wooden diffusors on the way.



Cool man!. Gotta check it out. I'm planning to do some DIY poly's for diffusion. I've still gotta find a local source for some ~1/8" finish plywood (know anywhere that stocks something like that). Not there yet though.


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Noticed you worked with Klotz at one time. I did a bit of maintenance for him at PRTVC. Wish I could have gotten that Sphere console when they closed down.


I was with them from opening the US office in 99' till about a year ago (eight or so years). Where is/was PRTVC? I always liked the Spherions but they were a bitch to take apart.

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Re: Drywall vs. wood
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2009, 08:43:49 pm »

0dbfs wrote on Wed, 04 February 2009 11:41


I'm planning to do some DIY poly's for diffusion. I've still gotta find a local source for some ~1/8" finish plywood (know anywhere that stocks something like that). Not there yet though.



(Edit) Check your PM. What made you decide on poly's?

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I was with them from opening the US office in 99' till about a year ago (eight or so years). Where is/was PRTVC? I always liked the Spherions but they were a bitch to take apart.



US office? Go James.

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