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Studio Buildout Costs
Old 10th February 2003
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Studio Buildout Costs

Trying to get an idea of what it would cost to have a commercial space turned into a studio. This studio would be used for inhouse production company I'm not a DIY'er so I'd be looking at hiring someone to do it for me professionally. Basically, all I need is a control room, an isolation booth for vocals, and a live room for guitars and such. Needs to include all wiring and cabling.


I know there is probably a wide range of costs for this, but I'd like to know a min/max range if possible.
Old 11th February 2003
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Contact Terry Hazelrigg over on http://www.diyacoustics.com/index.htm

He's currently helping me design & build my studio. I'm no DIY'er either but he helps me work out the specs and then I get quotes from local tradesmen to do the work. Seeing as you're Stateside he should easily work out a costing for you.

BTW, tell him I sent you!

Leo Brown
Old 11th February 2003
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Construction might run anywhere from $5000 to $500,000. Depends on how nuts you want to go and how soundproofed it needs to be. Gotta float the floors and ceilings? At least $40 large for a small space if you aren't doing the labor yourself. Cabling could be as little as $300 for a snake to pass through from one room to another or as much as $5000+ if you need digital lines run and everythings going to multiple spots in different rooms.
Old 11th February 2003
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Depends on what part of the country you're in, but a good room buildout will generally cost $100-$150/square foot.
Old 11th February 2003
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and remembe, whatever the price you get/come up with, double it and the time expected to complete...
Old 11th February 2003
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I am going to attempt one where I

1) block my sound out from the outside world (and vice versa)
2) have the internal shell untreated & use ASC tube Traps

Old 11th February 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jules
[B]I am going to attempt one where I

1) block my sound out from the outside world (and vice versa)
2) have the internal shell untreated & use ASC tube Traps
Jules,mate. Why Tube Traps specifically? In my mind they make any room look hideous & they cost £££££.

I would have thought that using the right approach, standard building materials (e.g. 703 fibreglass) will net you a better sounding room that can look good too.

Or am I missing something here?
Old 11th February 2003
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I may reconsider.

I already have a nice small control room and overdub booth (just big enough for a drumkit)

I need the following multi purpose from my additional new space, on the floor above me.

In order of priority:

1) A kicking drum room - (many good ones I have heard just 'lucked out' to sound good.

2) A one room studio - perhaps a vocal 'corner' and a place to wheel in and set up a DAW rig when needed - then wheel it out (to another location) when the session is over. The vocal corner can be permanent I suppose and part of the drum sound room "taming"

3) An office / tape copy / labeling area...

4) Storage space for back line.

Yarzzzz perhaps I will skip those weird columns...



Block off the windows, set up a kit, see how it sounds, work from there...
Old 12th February 2003
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wow ... The Library is going to expand ...
... any cool name for the top floor yet Jules ??


as for the building question. Research / learning / educating yourself about the basic principles of studio building, more specific in the 'how to keep the sound in/out' field can save you tons of money if you are a handy 'do it yourself' guy or you have friends who are.

It is even the only way to go if you're building it from scratch. Either get specialised contruction companies or do it yourself. The average construction worker will in most cases not fully understand the importance of acoustic treatment. One single missplaced screw in your whole studio can be enough to make the sound pass from one room to the next.
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