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    The studio is being built in the third of a three car garage. I have finished the out side to the drywall stage and have finished all the wiring for the 26 lighting variations, power for the three workstations (keyboard,Mixing & Soundbooth)and have halfway insulated all walls except the ones in the sound booth.

    I have built two other studios in other homes but this one seems a lot more challaging to me. my plan was to finiah the insulation of the inside walls and put up drywall. After that, I wanted to put up black foam. The problem is that all the foam I've seen yet, comes in 2 1/2" to
    3 1/2" in depth. The rooms too small for the thick of deadner.

    My question is this:
    Does anyone know where I can find very dense, very low profile foam in black? Approximately 1/2" or 1" max. It would solve alot of problems I'm facing with size of the room.

    Now, when I get into the soundbooth, I'd like come back and ask for futher help in "soundproofing" that room

    Thanks for your help in advance.

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    I think Auralex makes something called Sonomat - it sounds like what you might be looking for. I don't think it "soundproofs" really well, but will deaden live surfaces about as well as shag carpet (what I use).

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    Well, if you have to shag carpet, perhaps you should stop trying to deaden things

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    Dragon, as my fiancee would say, that was baaaaaaaaaaaad!

    And just to be sick:
    When you haven't been allowed to shag anything in quite a while, a roll of carpet doesn't really look that bad!

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    Just watch out for rug burn, my frustrated friend...

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    Hmmm...life's a bitch when you're using "fiancee" and "not getting any" in the same breath. Don't worry, things pick up after you're married

    Dragon is right, but you have to be especially careful with industrial grade carpet. Sure it's sleek and smooth and oh so sexy....but ouch! I guess that's pretty typical though.

    And whatever you do man, use protection. Dust mites are no fun, trust me.

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    wow, what an amazing example of getting off... uh... no, getting off topic... actually, maybe you'd want to deaden the sound of you shagging your carpet? obviously you can't use shag carpet... ermm.. or can you?

    seriously, how many people deaden their home recording rooms? it was something i'd need to consider if i ever build a home studio (i'd like to eventually)

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    Very Funny guys! Keep up the anso-nylon humor! it gets better when the vacuum is involved...
    sorry.

    Anyway, I don't know if every room needs it, jp, I just know that mine did. The best thing would be to not have any parallel walls. Since that is not avoidable in most home studios, I chose to deaden and also tried to misdirect the sound waves because my monitors point straight into a wall. If that wall is a live or reflective surface and is perpendicular (sp?) to the sound source, some freq's are gonna cancel out. So, in my case, I have carpeted the walls, and in the area of the wall where the speaker is pointed, I also have some egg crate stuf to bounce the waves around a little better.

    Anybody know of a good dermatologist that specializes in rug burns?

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    I bring up as a reference tome, GŁnter Grass's "The Tin Drum" wherein he delves deeply into the sexuality of coconut fibers in a rug being used by a determined shagger of rugs.

    As to those funhouse walls for the purposes of reducing coincident reflections. My take is that deadening all the surfaces somewhat will work better than bouncing those reflections willy-nilly all over the place.
    A natural mic'ed sound depends on some reflection in the room at hand; it's just important to not let the reflections get out of hand. And to deaden those problem areas at the intersections of wall planes a bit more than the rest of the surfaces.

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    OK!! I GUESS I GOT SOME OF THE ANSWERS I WANTED AND SOME I'M NOT SO SURE ABOUT.

    HOWEVER! WHEN IT COMES TO THE SOUND BOOTH, WHAT CAN I USE TO COMPLETELY KILL THE SOUND.
    I THINK THE ONLY THING I'M GOING TO HAVE TROUBLE WITH IS THE DOUBLE PAIN GLASS FROM THE SOUND BOOTH TO THE MIXING STATION.

    I THOUGHT OF ANGLING THE GLASS SLIGHTLY IN DIFFERANT DIRECTIONS.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK???

    THANKS,

    MAGOO

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