The Studio Builder's Handbook
How to Improve the Sound of Your Studio on Any Budget
By Bobby Owsinski and Dennis Moody
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Category: Pro Audio Textbook
Learn the studio building secrets that only the pros know with The Studio Builder's Handbook. You might think it takes thousands of dollars and the services of an acoustic designer to improve your studio, but this book strips away the mystery of what makes a great-sounding studio and shows how you can make a huge difference even on a budget. Featuring interviews with contractors, studio designers, producers, and engineers, this book and DVD kit will give you an insider look at studio building. The DVD shows you how to construct acoustic panels and bass traps, and features several guided tours by professional studio builders.
TITLE COMPOSER
The Door
Determining the Listening Position
Standing Waves
Symmetry
Controlling the Acoustics
Windows
Acoustic Control
Your Room
Acoustic Control Methods
CHAPTER 4: ISOLATION TECHNIQUES
Soundproofing
What Won't Work
Two Basic Isolation Principles
The Ceiling
Measuring Sound Transmission
Transmission Loss in the Real World
Modern Acoustics
Prepping Your Space
The Studio
Walls
The Ceiling
Windows
Commercial Studio Isolation
Floating Your Floors
Building Your Walls
1900 to 1940
The Rise of the Tape Machine
The Disco Era
Live End Dead End
The Reflection-Free Zone
Building the Ceiling
Studio Design Pioneers
Bill Putnam
Tom Hidley
George Augspurger
CHAPTER 2: DESIGN IDEAS
The Power Outlets
INTRODUCTION
PART ONE
CHAPTER 1: SOME STUDIO HISTORY
Treating the Rest of the Room
CHAPTER 7: BUILDING A COMMERCIAL STUDIO
Design
The Decor
Creating a Reflection-Free Zone
The Origin of Acoustics
Getting Some Help
Commercial Studio Parameters
The Restroom
Different Types of Studios
Common Concerns
CHAPTER 3: SOME BASIC ACOUSTICS
Measure Your Space
Considerations
Make Your Lists
Make a Materials List
Make a To-Do List
The Greek Theater
The Roman Amphitheater
The Great Minds
Hiring an Acoustic Designer
Hiring an Architect
Hiring a Contractor
Your Door
Sliding Glass Door and Airlock
Electrical
Electrical Conduits
Audio Wiring
Wiring Behind the Wall
Floor Cable Troughs
Wiring Help
Individual Needs
Engineers
Drummers
Guitarists
Vocalists and Voice-Over Artists
Personal Studio Parameters
Production/Mixing Room
Tracking/Rehearsal Room
Lounge Decor
Lounge Amenities
Storage
Doors
Floating Your Floor
Flanking Transmission
CHAPTER 5: MAKING A PLAN
Make a Schedule
Finding Good Help
Contractors
Permits
Increasing STC
Determine Your Needs
General Needs
Isolation Needs
Acoustic Needs
Construction Needs
The All-In-One Room
The Lounge
CHAPTER 6: BUILDING A PERSONAL-USE STUDIO