WooHoo!!! New mastering studio complete - pics here!

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Cucco, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hey Guys -

    It's been a long time coming and I'm happy to finally report that I am finally in my new, permanent (or so I think) home.

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    Upgrades to come in the near future -

    1 - Bamboo flooring throughout.
    2 - New monitors. I love my NHTs, but the ONE and only issue is - they're a tad forward. I'm quite accustomed to that, but my clients are not. So, I will be getting a larger, more laid back pair soon. (Keeping my eye on B&W 802s, both Matrix and Nautalis versions and I just spotted a pair of Ariel 10Bs in NC for a song and a dance...)

    Anyway...I'm excited. Now I just need more clients. Perhaps if people realize that the wine refrigerator and the beer refrigerator are both FULL to capacity and there are endless supplies of candy in those overhead cabinets, I might have to beat away the business!!

    J (y)
  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Very impressive setup. After the things you went through with the political BS, I am happy for you.

    Stocked fridges, huh?
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member


    Only the best for my clients!!! You won't find any Nattie Light in there either. (There's actually a 2001 Chateau Lafitte in the wine fridge!)

    Liquor them up and they're always easily pleased!
  4. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    (A) Very pretty.

    (B) Politiclal B.S. - I missed something. Tell me more!

    (C) Is that a custom desk (I'm sure you must have mentioned it somewhere, but I really can't recall)?
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    A - Thanks... that's my homo-trapped-in-a-hetero showing there. (My wife says that I'm the gayest straight man she's ever met. I take that as a compliment.)

    B - Oh, well, there's a lot to it, but the readers digest version -

    I moved my studio into a beautiful facility in downtown Fredericksburg into the historical district. Turns out, after me being there for about a month and having thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars sunk into the place, Zoning decided to shut me down because I didn't have 5 off-street parking spaces!!! (It's a historic district - NO ONE has 5 off-street parking spaces.)

    C - Yes - custom. The sickening part is, with a generous tip included, the desk set me back $500. It's made entirely out of poplar and has 6 coats of hand-rubbed lacquer on it for a nice, smooth, polished feel to it.

    Now I just need more stuff to fill it up with (48 spaces up and down total!)

    Although, I'm quite content with the gear I have for the moment. I figure, there's very little I can't do with what I have. All other esoterica is strictly icing on a well-baked cake.


  6. corrupted

    corrupted Guest

    Very nice room! Nice relaxing environment!!! I'll need to build an office that way. :cool:

    Looks great, well done... I hope you get the sound you want from it!
  7. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    LOVE IT! Congrats on the new space, Jeremy!

    Does that cabinet maker of yours do other work, for people in other cities? I don't need anything YET, but I'll probably do something similar, sooner or later.

    As for speakers, don't lock yourself in until you've heard the Lipinski's; the L-505s or the bigger L-707's. I think a 5.1 setup of those would look right purty in your new room! (The colors would match, too! hehehe)
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hehe...Yup Joe - my guy will be glad to build anything you'd like.

    He is a VERY nice and capable guy and downright cheap. He won't ship though, but you're about 3 hours or so from here, so I don't think that would be a problem.

    I'm thinking about having him make me a couple bookshelf type racks - 12 space or so. I think he would charge me less than $100 for a pair of them!

    Oh, let me describe the acoustics of the room too...

    1 - All floating walls. What's behind the walls is 4" of dead air then concrete (makes cable runs REAL easy!)

    2 - Auralex 2" pyramid foam on early reflection spots on the ceiling and on the double exit doors.

    3 - OC 705 wrapped in tan burlap behind the monitors and on early reflection points.

    4 - OC 705 wrapped in tan burlap and then faced with Auralex 2" Pyramid foam on first reflection points on side walls.

    5 - Well-out windows above monitor locations filled with 10" of Roxul, faced with Acoustic tile and then faced again with Auralex 2" Pyramid Foam.

    6 - Rear walls - insulated with 4" OC 705 Safing (fluffy, non rigid version of 705) - Acoustics First Double Duty Diffusors (2'x4') mounted on rear wall covered with Guilford of Maine Merlot colored fabric and filled with OC 703 to trap lower frequencies and diffuse higher frequencies.

    I'm going to make only a few modifications to the acoustics in the room. There is one point where a standing wave at around 1.2 kHz causes a problem, but given the frequency and amplitude of the problem, it's an EASY fix.

    Oh - that lowered part in the room that seems to split it in two - that's a steel beem covered by drywall - the inside face of that (the part facing the monitors) is covered entirely with Auralex to tame any high-frequency reflections that this might cause.

    Right now I LOVE the sound of the room. My ONLY gripe is that when the AC is on, there is a low level rumble. However, I have a dual zone AC, so if it causes a problem, I'll just shut this one off and use the one upstairs - I can't hear it at all.

    Yay! Excited!!
  9. corrupted

    corrupted Guest

    Holy *&($(^#... at that rate, you might want to think of going into the furniture reselling business! :lol:
  10. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Yeah! No kidding!

    He does great work too! I've seriously thought about it - I mean, sell the racks for $200 plus shipping and still make a killing! Who else out there can get a rack that cheap made out of seriously nice hardwood?!?!?!
  11. corrupted

    corrupted Guest

    Even a crappy laminated bookshelf at Target will cost $75... and they don't have rack rails!

    Okay, yes, I admit I have some furniture from Target. I wish I knew someone like your woodworking friend. :x
  12. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Ok. I'll be the first to say it...

    That studio is very Sublime.
  13. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

  14. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Cucco, room is looking nice. I need a wine rack in my room.
  15. TrilliumSound

    TrilliumSound Active Member

    Very very nice! The ambiance seems very good. I can see myself sitting in this couch trying one of your Porto with some blue cheese.

  16. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    I think here in Ohio you would have to have a liquor license to serve wine in your mastering studio.
  17. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    I have the same light fixture... Hope you have fun trying to get the bulbs out, I can't! Replacing it with a regular bulb form factor track light kit.
  18. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member


    CONGRAT'S!!! The place looks GREAT!

    Just hate that you had all the politco' B.S. to add to the stress of a build. But, it's done, it's complete, and it's beautful!

    You should feel really good about the look of the rrom!

    Now all I need to do is get a client to want some mastering... then I could come up and "sample" the wares, right? ... Oh wait, you said your "best" clients... nevermind. :-?

    I really like to look of those rear difussors... If I can ask, where'd you find em'?

  19. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Thanks everybody!! I'm obviously quite excited myself.

    Tom - I probably would need a liquor license here too, but....anyone who wants to drink is no longer a client - they're a "guest in my home." When they're done, they're back to being clients... (y)

    Vince - I forsaw a problem with the lights, so I bought a bulk box of the bulbs while I was at Lowes. The bulbs set me back more than the lights did, but at least I'm set for a while. (Oh, BTW - all of the dimmers are Lutron transformer isolated dimmers - no excess noise here!)

    Max - the rear diffusors are quite nice, aren't they? I got those from a company here in Richmond. (Although they had to have them sent to me from Wisconsin?!?!) The company is acoustics first (http://www.acousticsfirst.com)

    Easy to hang, nice looking, great sounding - it's a total package!

    Thanks again for all the nice words guys!

  20. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Jeremy a fine looking mastering suite you put together there! I guess it wouldn't be practical to try and record a band in your control room after hours, since there aren't 5 parking spaces? Recording a band in a control room, HA! What a ridiculous concept! Who would ever do anything like that??? I don't think you'd ever find any professionals like Bruce Swedein doing things like that?

    I assume that's a picture of your wife and baby on the countertop, who are both very beautiful? I just think you've made it really hard for your wife to wash dishes in that puney little sink? Doesn't have a garbage music disposal? I think you could have gotten a much better looking model, than that goofball behind the console?

    Goofball behind a VOA goofball console
    Ms. Remy Ann David

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