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    Quote Originally Posted by Ponder5 View Post
    Reading what little I have, I wonder if anywhere during the process, you ever used the words "studio" or "business"?
    It's going to be called a home "recreation & entertainment media room"....or what use to be officially referred to as a "den" back in simpler times.
    I've seen some expensive homes with small theatres inside, so this is not some oddity anymore, to have a "media" room...and my spare storage areas are going to be identified as media equipment spaces...not as "closets" which always implies more living/bedroom space.

    The other thing...if you missed it...this is an existing space, so I can already use it for whatever, and all I'm looking to do is expand it by 10' on two sides.
    It's a lot different than if I was building something 100% new, from the ground up.

    Also...I have no plans to open this as any official business. If that should somewhat change down the road, it's not going to be much of an issue, considering that you can have a home business without too much trouble.
    Yeah, if I was to say that I was building a commercial recording studio...that would certainly raise some questions, and might require all kinds of additional documentation, etc.

    This existing space was a guest room....basically like a large hotel style bedroom and sitting area. The fact that I'm turning into a entertainment/media room actually works in my favor, since it lowers the bedroom count (they use that for computing how many people can possibly live in the house)...and it gives it a more locked-in usage. That said, everyone is allowed to have a piano or to play music in their spare bedrooms or dens...so no real problem there.

    This is small rural township....so they have some rules and regs, but it's not anything like you might see in some real controlled suburban areas or like a HOA, which I would ever live in, no matter how appealing it might be. Those places get so friggin' control-happy, that you could get flack for painting your house some unacceptable colors if the community board or HOA didn't like it.
    I have a pretty good argument to make, which I will do politely and with plenty of details...making it harder for them to just say "No", like if I went in with not much to say or provide support for the justification.

    I do have my Plan B option, which will give me a net total space that is as big as the one I'm looking to do...I will just have to move it to the other side of the house, right up against my existing studio space (which is a positive thing overall)...but it pushes out the house lines in a way that is not as appealing as what I want to do with my Plan A.
    Like I said...worst case I'm about the cost of the architect and some permit fees...because I would have to come back with the new plan, and again engage the architect...but I am going to show my contractor what my Plan B would be, and see if I can work a "just in case" deal with him and his architect, so that I get some break if we have to do drawings a second time. I mean, his goal is to build me something...rather than lose the job altogether, and he's pretty easy to work with.

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    i don't really understand the point of an iso booth. if you're using the room for recording ,you can track all the basic tracks and then do overdubs in the same room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparky123 View Post
    i don't really understand the point of an iso booth. if you're using the room for recording ,you can track all the basic tracks and then do overdubs in the same room.
    Uh-oh... you mighta cracked open a can of worms.

    I was once of your opinion... until i built an iso booth.

    Then I wondered how i ever got along without one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparky123 View Post
    i don't really understand the point of an iso booth. if you're using the room for recording ,you can track all the basic tracks and then do overdubs in the same room.
    You're assuming that all recording will always only be done by one player...one track at a time. If you have a singer and other players...you may need to do some separation or even complete isolation.
    Also...the iso-booth isn't just for isolation. There are times when you may want a dead sounding vibe to a track, so you can then treat the track a certain way later on, without any of the room sound.
    There's also times where you may want to stick an amp in there set on "11"...which might be too overwhelming in a big, open space to give you the sound you desire.

    I certainly wouldn't want an entire song to be tracked in a dead iso-booth...and I also think vocals will sound better in a more open and somewhat live space rather than always doing them in a booth...but if you can have a decent iso-booth, it can come in handy for a lot of things. Also, the booth has to be a decent size, even if you're going for a more dead sound. I don't think something the size od an old-school telephone booth is really the best way to go, or that it sounds the same as a bigger iso-booth.
    There are iso-rooms...fairly large but meant for isolation, and not necessarily always dead. They could just have a very short decay, but not 100% dead, which is something mostly used for voice narration, though not always needing to be 100% dead.

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    I think Miroslav hits the spot with "dead" iso-booth? So often noobish folk come on the forum saying they want to build a "vocal booth", mainly to tame room modes or/and noises off. Invariably such proposes booths are tiny, often just a walk in cupboard they hope to utilize.

    I think the booth idea started in busy news studios? A place for the anchor isolated from the babble and phones? Also, stuffed to deadness it gave the (radio) listener a disembodied voice devoid of "place" and thus their own room added to that and the announcer seemed part of the room with them.

    To expect anyone to sing with any passion in a phone box is daft!

    Dave.

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