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Old 04-17-2010, 03:50 AM
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Recently started construction on my new studio. Moved into a new house last June, ready to build the drum room.

Before, drums in basement. Pretty good sound, great natural reverb..open sound
Next...before, bottom plates on
...walls going up

Fortunately I do not have to worry about sound isolation. Full basement, understanding wife. Max insulation on 4" walls, 10" ceiling, 1/2" sheetrock.Suspended sub-floor, pergo laminate, oriental rug. I'm working with Auralex to get my acoustics under control.

Need input...just starting to diagram electrical. Other than isolated outlets for my mixer and PC, and some over the shoulder spot lighting I can't think of anything else out of the ordinary. What am I missing?
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:49 PM
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Looks like that will be very nice. I know NOTHING about such things, but have heard that certain kinds of lighting will cause some unwanted noise, so you might investigate it before finalizing that aspect of your design. Good luck!
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:11 PM
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I hope you've got planning permission for this studio build! I must say i would be very happy if we could have a CAT5 cable installed in our house instead of having to trail one down our stairs lolz.
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:53 AM
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Got all permits in order...Had HVAC done yesterday, electrician working on estimate. Once electric is done...prelim inspection, insulate, sheetrock, finish, floor, ceiling...
Looks pretty easy on paper but it's going to be a lot of work.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:48 AM
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this looks promising, keep us updated.
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:43 PM
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Updates on my studio project. Not sure how to comment between images so I'll summarize..
-outside, framing done
-test fitting kits, didn't set up mikes, e-kit may go to rec room area..replace it with a bubinga 5pc
-room in front for work station, recliner
-looks like caged animals or something
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:33 PM
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Indeed, looks like the tigers in a German zoo. Looking good so far, keep up the work.
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:43 PM
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Sweeeet Wayne. This is every drummers goal, to have a dedicated space where they can wail at anytime, at any volume. I'm excited for you.
I would ask your electrician to keep the lights on a different circuit than the receptacles for the amps and such. Also (I'm a licensed electrician) if he isn't already doing so, you should require your electrician to run dedicated circuits for your amps and other audio equipment, rather than tapping from existing circuits. If you have more than 1 circuit for your amps and things, ask him to make sure all the circuits are on the same phase, so voltages are exactly the same at every receptacle.

Lights can be tapped from existing electric, (I'd run a new lighting circuit if it was me wiring it) and it doesn't matter if the lights are on a different phase than the outlets. But you want every outlet in your studio to be on the same phase, whether it be all phase A or all phase B.

One 20 amp circuit should be enough for any audio equipment, but I'd run a minimum 2 - 20 amp circuits just for good measure, and a 15 amp circuit for the lights. Keep away from fluorescents if possible and dimmers have been known to cause issues. Undimmed incandescent lights is a safe bet in recording studios. It's gonna be a GREAT space!
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:20 PM
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Thanks Larry. I met with my electrician last week to discuss the layout. I'm putting 4 outlets (2 doubles) behind my acoustic kit on a 20 amp dedicated. 4 outlets each on the other three walls, I told him to split that into 2 dedicated. Absolutely no flourescents/dimmers, I have read about that. I never knew about the phase issue, I will bring that up to him. Thanks again.
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:05 PM
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Looking good so far. I only wish I had that much space to work with.
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:44 AM
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Update..HVAC done...electrical done...inspection tomorrow....The journey continues...
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Old 05-06-2010, 03:56 AM
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I wish I had a studio like that. I imagine it's going to be so nice to wail away on your kit without worrying about bothering anyone.
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:13 AM
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Wow, what a cool project to see done from the ground up. Is this just for personal use, or will you be renting it out?
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:30 AM
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Mostly personal use...I do have some producing aspirations. After completion and "acoustical" treatment it might be the east-central WI recording destination ;). In reality I need an acoustic correct room to practice/record.
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:44 AM
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Got a little insulation to install...
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Old 05-15-2010, 01:26 AM
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Going to get a little dirty. Room wrapped in plastic, got R30 in the ceiling.
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:27 AM
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Insulation done, picking up sheetrock tomorrow.
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Old 05-22-2010, 01:24 AM
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Ready to 'rock, outside..inside. Lots of choices coming up... wall texture, paint, ceiling tiles, Auralex Acoustic products, flooring. One step at a time, finish the mudding.
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:29 AM
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looking killer! gotta keep us upto date!
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:40 AM
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Good day today..took down the plastic. Mudding, sanding and a coat of primer on. Moving the drums back in for some sound checks.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:50 AM
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Woot! And you already have a sound system in there. ;)
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:36 PM
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Soundchecking...Obviously the insulation will be replaced with Auralex foam.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:52 AM
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Walls done..Whew, glad that's done. A lot to do yet..ceiling, acoustic treatments, floor, door but the worst is behind me. Few pics..painted the walls a medium grey to go with the Auralex Acoustics SonoFlat charcoal tiles, got the Bose sats up.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:24 AM
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Auralex acoustic treatments up. Sound checking; floor, door and trim to go. I can see the light...
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:04 AM
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Why is it called "Stargaze Studio?" Meaning why "Stargaze," and why "Studio?"
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:17 PM
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Nicely done Wayne! Be honest, did you hang the acoustical tiles in the "W" shape on purpose, for Wayne Wickman? LOL!!
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:41 AM
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Honestly, scout's honor...I didn't noticed the "W" thing until after I designed it. I had it laid out to scale on graph paper and my wife goes "Those look a lot like "W's". I thought about it, tried other configs but it still seemed the best. As far as why Stargaze Studio goes...stargaze is in relation to where I live and studio is a noun that reflects the functionality of the room.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:43 PM
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and studio is a noun that reflects the functionality of the room.
That's the best thing I've heard or read today :)
Btw, nice studio and kit!!
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:57 AM
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Back to the studio project....Took a few months off to record tracks and rehearse for a new gig Rose River. Got some time off before the next project so it's the final push to wrap this up...Brazilian hickory laminate
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:06 PM
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That is some beautiful flooring! I really enjoyed the build pics. Sorry if I missed it, but, what are the dimensions of the studio?
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Nice construction. I hope one day I have a basement!
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:39 PM
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Nice construction. I hope one day I have a basement!
+1. Unfortunately that's unlikely to happen unless I move to Sheffield someday. They literally have basements everywhere...
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Is that in the US? In the UK basements aren't really common place, well, anywhere. More often if a house has a basement then it will be rented as a flat (apartment).

Ofcourse when I have my drumming mansion it will be situated upon a series of interlinking caves. This will make it easy for me to get my car out too. It will probably be somewhat similar to this; http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images...ile-530-85.jpg

/ontopic: awesome studio, I hope there will be soundfiles available soon...
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:39 AM
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Thanks... The room is 12'8"X19' and is in the US. Hope to wrap up the floor Weds.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:20 AM
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Floor done..trim and door to go..
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:31 AM
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Nice job!

Thanks for the before and after pictures.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:59 AM
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Just absolutely gorgeous....love that laminate. Cost forced me to go with carpeting. Someday I will go that route. I may build a riser with a laminate top. Great job.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:53 AM
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Some of the last pics of this project...Drums back in.
Interesting story of this kit purchase:
http://drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68692

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Very...VERY......nice!
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Absolutely gorgeous Wayne, congratulations! I found this thread off of your Tama Starclassic thread, by the way. Congrats on the drums as well, they look beautiful!
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