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lowland

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The acoustics of wooden buildings
« on: June 22, 2009, 06:24:17 am »

Hi All,

I've just recently discovered this forum - thought-provoking reading, thanks everybody.

I'm going to be moving soon and have the opportunity to build a dedicated mastering space. There's a sturdy wooden garage (shiplap with what looks like a  2x2 frame) on a substantial concrete base at the new house, 6m x 3.5 with an apex tiled roof - wall height is close to 2.5m with apex height roughly 1.5m.

My questions are: could this be made into a feasible space for mastering, and bearing in mind that I'll have little problem with noise either entering or leaving, can one use the presumed low-bass transparency of such a building to advantage, with less treatment in that area?

I suspect these questions may raise plenty more: please ask away and I'll field them as best I can. While I think of it - monitoring is likely to be medium-sized PMCs, such as IB2s with Hypex amps (I have PMC AML1 actives at the moment) but I'm open to ideas and also like Quested and ATC, for example.

If this has already been well covered here, kindly nudge me in the right direction.
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Thomas Jouanjean

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Re: The acoustics of wooden buildings
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009, 07:50:31 am »

Hi and welcome!

Do you have any (even basic) plans? Pics maybe?

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Re: The acoustics of wooden buildings
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2009, 09:23:12 am »

Thomas Jouanjean wrote on Mon, 22 June 2009 12:50

Do you have any (even basic) plans? Pics maybe?


Hi Thomas,

Access is limited as the sale is still going through, but I hope to get pics at least fairly soon.

In the mean time I'd be interested to hear any thoughts on the general principle of bass leakage in wooden buildings and how it may or may not be used to support interior treatment: I know a couple of people who do good work mastering and mixing in heavy-duty garden log cabins, for example, and on the face of it these kinds of structures seem a cost-effective way forward where isolation is not a priority.
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Re: The acoustics of wooden buildings
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009, 10:01:48 am »

Bass leakage can be estimated yes.

But it wouldn't be professional to tell you this solution is the best way to go either. It's a per case analysis - depending on thickness, the way it's built etc.

If you come with more info, I'll be happy to give you a clearer answer. Right now it's a shot in the dark.

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Re: The acoustics of wooden buildings
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2009, 10:44:45 am »

Thanks Thomas.
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