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    I have a room in the basement that I am planning on turning into a music room / studio. I will use it for playing the guitar and giving the rest of the house some peace. Recording, mixing and what I call mastering and others call ruining a decent mix.

    Dimension are hardly ideal. 14'x14'x7' (4.27m x 4.27m x 2.29m). Room is poured concrete walls and ceiling with a plank floor. No windows, one door. I plan to pull up the floor and (possibly) excavate 6" or more extra depth, to avoid brainers on the conc beam. I need to drop a dry sump too in case water gets in. Walls are rough framed with nasty wood paneling which will all come off. I may leave some of the wood framing (2x4s) if I can re-use them. Final floor will probably be poured conc, perhaps with exercise matting to be soft under foot.

    I have layout drawings, 03 is my thought for laying out my desk and stuff, the circle is where Adele will perform. There will also be a few guitar amps, and guitars in the corners and on the walls. I'm thinking Argosy Halo desk and the other oblongs are existing and planned rack units. (20"x16" x ~30" high)

    I have money set aside for this, but hardy unlimited and I know I'm going to burn through it quickly. I fair amount will go towards sound treatment. I already have decent recording equipment, so I'm not planning on spending there.

    I'm looking for help with, well, pretty much everything. Do I keep the room square and use base traps in the corners? Do I drywall frame the room into a different shape? How much and where do I put absorption panels? (I like the look of Acoustimac panels, but I'm open to suggestions). Diffusers? Lighting? Ventilation? Electric circuits? And the Donald Rumsfelds - the things I don't even know yet that I should be asking. Thanks.

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    i would seriously rething abuot digging up the floor

    if you cant leave that idea alone then at least consult with a building engineer to make sure you dont cause big problems

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    Man...that's a tough space.
    Regardless of the size/shape...I wouldn't set up my mixing position facing or firing into a corner. Also, put the desk at some 3/4 point...not like that, in the center...but TBH, it's a small space, so not a lot of options for "optimal" positioning.

    With your 14'x14' square, it's going to need a LOT of trapping, both broadband and low-end specific if you're looking to end up with something that's useable. You're best option is to just go for a "dead" room...especially with all the concrete all around you.
    It will shrink the room by the time you put in a decent amount of treatment to get there's...but there's not a lot of other options.

    How low does that concrete beam come down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr average View Post
    i would seriously rething abuot digging up the floor

    if you cant leave that idea alone then at least consult with a building engineer to make sure you dont cause big problems
    Yeah...that too.
    Busting up the floor just to gain 6" seems a bit pointless, and may cause more issues than the benefit you think you will gain.

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    The floor's not too big a deal. The previous owners had, I think, a train set down there. The platforms for that are part of the 2x4s that hold on the paneling and, when they come out the floors coming too. Its not a fancy floor, just ply sheets nailed down. It might be poured concrete underneath, in which case its staying, but it might be compacted dirt that used to be a crawl space before the house was extended. Given how the room was paneled, its hard to see how the paneling could come out and NOT take the ply floor with it.

    I bigger issue seems to be the general shape of the room. I knew it wasn't great, there's really not a lot of love here for it! Miroslav, when you say point - do you mean with my back from wall behind, or my face from wall in front?

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    How about this
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    ...or, re-shape the room (with dry wall?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggaluggs View Post
    Miroslav, when you say point - do you mean with my back from wall behind, or my face from wall in front?
    Your face 1/4 from the front wall....3/4 behind you....but again, with that size/shape of a room, I think it will be more about treatment and comfort, because talking about ideal positions and all that, is kinda moot...though no matter what, avoid sitting in or facing a corner. It will mess with thing that much more.
    So...do the floor as you can, after you rip out whatever needs to go...and then aim for a pretty dead room, that will be your safest bet, IMO.

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    Wait. Facing the wall? How will I be able to see the person performing?

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    Also, if I'm facing the wall of the way, that's 3 ft. My desk and monitors will be flush against that wall. Is that right?

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