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RV Studio

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Hedge_music, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. Hedge_music

    Hedge_music Guest

    So Im planning on living in an RV when I move out of my parents house. I love the idea of being completely mobile, but Im a musician and want to have a decent recording studio.

    Im looking at something like this http://www.rvwholesalers.com/design/Wildwood_LE/Wildwood_LE.php?floorplan=37BHSS2Q

    so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to best use space. id like to be able to record drums and whatnot, but I dont know.

    and how about soundproofing? I imagine that a camper isn't the most quite of places.

    is this idea realistic at all?
  2. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Well I did use a mobile mixing room once. It was in a cube van at the back of a concert hall. It wasn't my first choice for a mixing room. But fun none the less.
  3. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Is this an April Fool's thing? :twisted:

    Soundproofing an aluminum can may prove to be a futile task. You'll lose a lot of space inside...not that there's much to lose. You could just park it in a quiet spot.

    Dunno where you'll put a drum set in there. Or much else, for that matter, unless you start ripping out beds and cabinets...

    20 grand is a nice down-payment on a house that may gain equity for your future. Not so good an investment on a gas-guzzling yuppie plaything that will require repairs, taxes, maintenance, insurance, etc. Have fun filling and emptying tanks (yes, you have to find a dump station and usually pay), buying propane, and paying $3+/gallon for 6 mpg. And as soon as you drive it off the lot, you'll never get anywhere near what you owe if you discover that you made a big mistake. They depreciate. Especially if you start pulling out stuff to make room for equipment, or destructively modify it in any other manner.

    You're probably going to need to park it somewhere that has access to electricity...if you want to power up eveything for long. Those spots aren't usually free. Or, you could use a noisy generator, and keep refilling it. Or, perhaps you could just start the engine to guzzle fuel to generate electricity? I assume most of the stuff installed...lighting, TV, stereo, etc., runs off 12V. It may have outlets for 120V, and may have some means of generating it. How many good tube amps and recording equipment run off 12V? How much amperage will the 120V system allow you to run through it? Will you need to modify that?

    Also, not quite the most secure thing to leave around filled with expensive gear.

    You may want to consider some of these things before jumping into something like that. Then again, if you do, (or already have) considered all this...go for it. It can probaly be done, but.....

    Just some things to think about.

    Good luck,

  4. Hedge_music

    Hedge_music Guest

    Hey thanks man

    I have been looking into how much it would cost to stay at campsites with hook-ups. You can sign up for discount programs, and be able to camp for less than the price you would pay for an apartment. Im definately willing to put up with the inconveniences of the tanks and all that.

    Im looking to get a travel trailer or a fifthwheel so I won't have to deal with engine problems and all that. I haven't read anything about what sorts of taxes I would have to pay so I'll have to look into that.

    My main concern with the whole soundproofing thing was just so I wouldn't end up annoy neighboors with loud music

    I plan to save up the money, and have it completely paid off within two years, cause I dont like the idea of owing money to people. and its something that I would still have if I decided to settle down and own my own place ya know....

    but I dont know
  5. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
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    You won't be staying in communities long with musicians and drummers coming over. There is no cheap way to soundproof that thing. Then you have to consider the AC issue. I have to give you props for pursuing your hippy lifestyle. A single mans dream.
  6. Goose3

    Goose3 Active Member

    Sep 18, 2004
    Enumclaw, WA
    Studio Daily had an article about building an RV sound studio. Their's was sound for video post work, but some tips will apply.

  7. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2003
    Kansas City, KS
    Home Page:
    looks like a really great acoustic space...cough.
  8. PYFguitarist

    PYFguitarist Guest

    man thats so cool! A portable studio! Thats such a good idea



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