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building a recording studio in a trailer??

Discussion in 'Recording' started by gameofsk8, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. gameofsk8

    gameofsk8 Guest

    I have a dilemma. I love recording music but I am constantly moving to different houses. I was wondering if it would be worth while to maybe convert a large trailer into a home recording studio.

    The dimensions of the trailer would be at least 8x24'. I would be able to tow the studio to where ever my next destination would be and leave it in the backyard.

    I don't know anything about sound treatment or if it would be a hassle to do in a trailer but I came up with this idea today and was hoping to get some sort of feed back. I definitely want to treat the trailer and give it the best acoustics it can have.

    As of right now I record rock music, so there would be drums, guitar cabs, etc. If I were to do this do you guys think it would work? be at least better than recording in a 10x10 room with no treatment? Right now I have to record in my small bedroom that I cannot treat because I am constantly moving, and this trailer idea seems to solve my problems.

    So what do you guys think? or am I just crazy :D
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Member

    I think it's a terrible idea. The sound will either be full of early reflections and unusable reverb, or if treated, sound dry and closet-like. You'd be much better off renting a local hall for the day and recording there.
  3. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Sunny & warm NC
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    It's a great idea!

    IF you have the money...

    You can make a really decent mobile control room, that's for sure. There's plenty of good mobile rigs that are in trailers.

    The problem is going to be the tracking environment. 8' by anything is gonna require a LOT of trapping and thus, is gonna be pretty dead sounding... which wouldn't be hoorible for amps or as a vox box... but drums are gonna be pretty lifeless in a room that small.

    I would think about the most you could get out of a trailer is CR, a SMALL tracking room and an iso box.

    Check out John Sayer's forum... there was a guy that built a studio in a storage container... which is about the same thing... but a bit less complicated than a movable trailer.
  4. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    Sounds like a good idea. Implementation is going to be tricky though.

    The closest thing I can think of is a guy who built a one-room studio out of an old RV over on TapeOp. It was an interesting read.

    Maybe it will help?

  5. Space

    Space Member

    Southern boy?
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Check these out. It'll probably be way more expensive but, it might save you some headaches.


    Edit: Sorry. Next time I will read the entire post before I respond. I wish I had the freedom, the time and the money to take on that project. It think it's a great idea if you can pull it off. I'd be spending a lot of money on security for something like that though.
  7. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Sunny & warm NC
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    OK, I found it....

  8. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    My first "real" studio was a Merita Bread truck that I converted into a control room and iso booth. Worked pretty well, too, as long as the group I was recording had an area to track in. I used churches, recital halls, warehouses, a boathouse (!), plus the usual crappy bars and outdoor events. Nothin' wrong with what you want to do, just be sure to have some sort of hospitality item, like a cooler of soda!
  9. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Scotland, UK
    "a boathouse (!)"

    For naturally wet reverb?
  10. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Moderator Music Service

    I love the one in a trailerbody at John L's site. Drums etc. will be a little cozy, but you do what you gotta do. And like you say, it might be better than a series of untreated rooms.

    One of my suppliers sells several models of production trailers for mobile recording and production.


    It might help give you an idea of what kind of budget you'll need to get started.

    Good luck.
  11. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    dvdhawk got to it before I did: Markertek is the way to go, at least for a mobile recording rig & production room. You can have your own dedicated control room, plus snakes to run into different venues & rooms, have an onboard vocal booth & iso room, and adapt as you go.

    I do think a traditional trailer (8xwhatever) just isn't going to give you the height & width needed for a good live (Drum) room. Better off running your cables out to a rented room or hall and going that route.

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