In this video, Pro Tools Expert Deputy Editor Dan Cooper gives you a guided tour of his garden cabin that he plans to convert into a new home recording studio.
Watch the video to find out Dan aspirations for the recording studio build. Dan shares his plans to soundproof the structure using the "room within a room" method.
This video is the first in a series of How To Soundproof A Home Recording Studio videos where Dan walks you through the entire process of his garden cabin recording studio conversion.
Listed below are three fundamental aspects that Dan wants to achieve for the new studio
Maximum Internal Space
Adjusting the shape of the cabin from it's current uneven layout to a rectangle will be the first critical stage. Currently, the garden cabin has a porch built into the room that cuts a significant portion of usable internal space. The porch is planned to be removed (inverted) so that a symmetrical rectangle can be built meaning the internal workspace is larger. The planned rectangle shape will work better acoustically when the studio is completed.
Getting the soundproofing right will be one of the most challenging and important aspects of the studio build. We don't want to hear the neighbours in their gardens, they don't want to hear us recording and mixing. The room within a room method is a tried and tested way of keeping sound from transmitting between outside world and inside studio. The plans for the internal structure are still being put together and will be built after the structure has been reworked.
Getting security systems installed can easily be overlooked. Never doubt the importance of having an all bells and whistles security system. Thieves are smart these days and generally break in when you are not around, that's when a security system pays for itself. The security systems for this studio have not yet be chosen and will most likely not get mentioned in this series... for security reasons.