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    I found this other picture that shows the opposite angle...so yeah, there's some nice space behind that Neve.


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    I absolutely LOVE the whole open space concept...that's always been my favorite layout.

    Here's another one - Stuart Staples (Tindersticks) studio in France....it's a private space, not really a commercial studio.
    They had a spread in Tape Op...and I've looked at the pictures many times. The whole wood beam thing has stuck in my head.

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    Stuart Staples: From Kitchen to Barn with Tindersticks

    I've been looking around where to source a couple of 26' barn beams that I could use both for some addition wall structure integrity, but also for the look.
    I would have them across my 25' length spaced 9' apart and each 9' from the sides. Then I could also hang my cloud from them.

    I will do something like that, only I may have to go for engineered beams, and then cap them with some finished wood that I could certainly "age" with some of the available methods....since old barn beams are often not rated for structural use, only decorative...unless you find the right ones - $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch View Post
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    That's Sylvia Massey's place...sweet.

    That's about the same size as what I'm going for...I think my ceiling will even be much higher.
    I think that is what's considered the tracking room....and there's another space that is her mixing room.

    That is somewhat my dilemma...or maybe my area of focus. How to best set up the room for both.
    While I love that look of facing the console toward the rest of the room, which is great for tracking...I will most likely face it the other way, which may be a bit awkward in very rare cases, but will be much better for the monitoring and mixing needs, facing the speakers into the deep end of room.

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    I think Daniel Lanois likes the one-room thing.

    The brain will acclimate which ever way things are done but being comfortable and confident trumps all.

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    I was always a fan of Daniel Lanois...and not just because of the U2 stuff. I liked his music and his production mindset.

    Yeah, there were some videos of his California(I think) studio setup...it's just laid out in a few rooms of a house, nothing really purpose-built that I could see.

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    Time for a Giant Lazy Susan.
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    We're working out the details how to place the large motor under the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    We're working out the details how to place the large motor under the floor.
    To be serious for a moment? CCTV cameras and flat screens are very cheap these days, you could looky-see in every corner whichever way the desk faces. Got a wall between you and an artists? Two screens, two cameras. Simulated window.

    (I have had a 50 quid colour+IR camera in my garden for at least 6 years. The paint has all flaked off but it still works a treat!)

    Dave.

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    The room is going to be wide open, and the iso-booth will have a small glass window...so no real need for an elaborate CCTV setup.
    I know it's not that expensive to do...but it really won't be necessary in the studio space.

    That said...I've considered many times using another room in the house for some tracking, since it has a 12' vaulted ceiling, nice hardwood floor...live but without a lot of flutter, since the room is also home to a lot of indoor plants because it gets the maximum amount of sunlight...so it looks like a damn green house!
    I also have thought of using my front foyer for some drum tracking because it's got a tile floor and all wood walls and ceiling which is also about 12' up in a vaulted shape. That foyer is right next to what will be my new studio space...so pretty easy to set up a kit there and try it out. It might suck, but I think it has some possible use.
    So those two locations would not have any sightlines with the rest of the studio...but TBH, you mostly need visual cues when people are not sure of their parts or when it's a newly written song or some changes to arrangement...though IMO, you can use the audio cues just as well. When band is playing together live, for the most part, they're listening to each other, and not necessarily needing to watch each other for any cues...only rarely is that needed, like for the big endless drum roll finish when everyone is waiting to hit the final power chord.

    I do have quite a bit of coax cable on hand and some Cat 6 cable...so I may run a couple if lines if the opportunity is there to at least that foyer since one of its walls is also one of the "exterior" studio walls.
    I know I'll be running some Cat 6 for sure, since my main network modem is in the other side of the house, and while WiFi is always there, I prefer hardline connectivity and never even turn on the WiFi. So I will want a couple of network drops in the studio for sure, and I may add a WiFi hub too in the studio, since I will have people over, and I know how everyone is smartphone addicted these days and looking for signal.

    Right now I've got more critical considerations on the table...first getting this approved from the town board...but after that I've got some figuring to do how best to run the HVAC, which to me is a very important part of the build. The main studio space is pretty easy to deal with, but I need to have heating and cooling fed also to the iso-both (maybe not heating) and also to the storage closet, since mics will be in there, 2" reels of tape, etc....and then, that HVAC has to also include the new bathroom and that front foyer between the bathroom and studio. I can probably just take care of the bathroom, and the door will be open most of the time, so the foyer will get ambient heating and cooling...but it's not clear how we are going to do that yet.
    The new "ductless" systems are great for single rooms or when you have a couple of rooms with open spaces between them...but with the studio, there are doors, and so the cooling in the studio space will not get out into the foyer, bathroom or even into the storage and iso-booth if I go with a single ductless system.
    It looks like I will need to run ducts...which isn't a problem, but the contractor and I just haven't had that detailed discussion yet....we've just been talking about some kind of AC.
    He's coming back on Monday so we can drill into some details...and he says it won't be a problem to work some of this out as we go...once we get the approval to go.

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    Ok. BTW you can run VGA quality video and two audio lines over CAT5e you know? The passive boxes are peanuts. HDMI over two CAT 5 lines.

    Dave.

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