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    Can I get any help on how t obuild a floating drum riser...My basic idea is to build a 6'x6' platform from 2'x4's and nail them on top of a low wooden frame. on the bottom of the wooden frame I would put 4'' foam blocks to isolate the kit from the floor...Does this idea work at all??/Will it improve the sound of my drums in recordings??

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    I'm no expert on this, but the risers I've seen at www.johnlsayers.com are heavily weighted with sand or something else to keep it from resonating.

    There is also an Auralex product (called platfoam or something) that purports to do this.

    If you build a hollow box it will sound like a hollow box.

    The idea of a drum riser in a studio is to decouple the drum sounds from the floor. My guess is that if you have a floor that's transmitting a lot of vibration, a riser might help.

    There's an awful lot of commercial studios (majority? dunno) that don't bother with risers.

    Best of luck

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    I doubt that it'll improve the sound at all. I think it's mainly for isolation.

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    i thought a drum riser prevent the drums from sounding dead. Ive heard that drums on carpet just suck the life out of them. So the riser is kind of preventative.

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    Why not just put down a reflective mat or sumthin under the drums?

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    well isolating the drums fro mthe existing floor will give the drums more life, I jsut dont know if my construction plans would work in doing that. Last studio I recorded in used a drum riser and it sounded very nice.

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    Its the same principle as mounting soffit enclosed speakers on a stand of MASS.

    Build a frame of 2x4/6 Cover bottom with 3/4"OSB

    Mount these or 1/2" x 2"x2" Duro 60 neoprene pads at 2' intervals
    http://www.kineticsnoise.com/hvac/kip.html

    Lay on floor at desired location.

    Lay a sheet of 6mil poly sheeting over top allowing 1 ft overhang at perimeter.

    Fill will KILN DRIED sand. Screed off excess with a board longer than frame size.

    Cover with another layer of 6mil poly

    Lay 3/4" OSB or plywood on top and fasten to frame with screws. Voila!
    alright breaks over, back on your heads!

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    Rick's giving you a good way to do it; but one LIFE-THREATENING question hasn't been answered (or even asked) yet - what kind of floor will this be placed on? See, an 8x8 foot "sand box" built from 2x6 will hold almost exactly 1 cubic YARD of sand, which weighs approximately 3000 pounds - divide that by 64 sq. ft. and you'd be adding just under 47 pounds of weight for every square foot of floor surface under the riser.

    The majority of "normal" construction is NOT designed for this much EXTRA weight, and may repay your efforts by squashing whoever is below you, or at least adding a few feet of "free" headroom to your space.

    So before you do the sandbox thing, we need to know EXACTLY what kind of construction you have; which floor you're on, what it's made of, how thick, the longest unsupported span, etc... Steve
    Hey, I thought this was gonna be EASY!??!

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    Hey Steve, thanks for covering that. The older I get, the more I assume people have common sense. Usually I DO warn them, but...you know those honey do's.. they seem to cut short anything I'm doing anymore. Hmmmm, even MY studio
    alright breaks over, back on your heads!

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    hey dude, I have a box of Auralex platfoam I can let you have for the price of UPS shipping (this will not be cheap ! It is a big box !) or if you are round Iowa, come pick it up !

    It will need a wooden top.
    It is about 200 bucks worth new and I just aint gona use it !

    http://www.auralex.com/sound_isolati...n_platfoam.asp

    email me if you are interested

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