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Room air conditioner in my "studio"

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by phalynx, Jan 15, 2002.

  1. phalynx

    phalynx Guest

    Thoughts please. I have a small "studio" that I am building up in my garage (yes, I am one of those). The only method of heating and cooling is via a window unit mounted to the outside wall and not in a window. I have thought that I could build a wall between the air cond. wall and my proposed control room. I would then take small ducts from the unit and route them into the studio room and the control room. I thought then, I could take some more ducts and run them from the bottom of a wall in a room to the new "air handler room" to act as an air return.

    1st, what is thought of this idea?

    2nd, what methods can be used to isolate noise from each room.

    3rd, I thought that this "air handling room" might make a great location for the noisy computers that I have. I have 5 computers that need to hush.

    Comments, thoughts, ideas?

  2. Mike Simmons

    Mike Simmons Active Member

    Nov 5, 2001
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    This is very similar to what I do in my basement studio. It is built as a room 4' within my house' foundation walls. The vibrations carry through the walls so it's not perfect but it keeps things cool. I always kill the AC for singing or quiet acoustic tracking. Being a basement, things are generally cool anyway so your mileage may vary. A friend of mine used to engineer at Sigma in Philly and he says there was a room that had a wall AC unit in it... so don't feel bad about your work-around.

    I absolutely love the idea of keeping the fan noise in this room... wish I'd had the forsight to predict a computer in my studio when I built it back in the analog age!
  3. phalynx

    phalynx Guest

    I must run the A/C 24/7 in the spring/summer/fall. I live in Houston and it's HOT!. Plus, I picked track lighting and it is very hot too.
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Computer room is a good idea, I have one.

    Dont forget about FRESH AIR - you will need that too IN & OUT (both V important)

    No idea on the science to keep it quiet though....Sorry!

  5. planet red

    planet red Active Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    I'm wondering the same thing, but also how to keep the sound from going outside. Spend a grand building walls to keep the sound from going out, and put a big hole in it for your air conditioner. I hope someone has some suggestions.
  6. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Is this any help? Seems to walk through most of the issues involved.

  7. phalynx

    phalynx Guest

    Very cool, Bear. That is helpful. If you know of any others like it, link me......
  8. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Mitsubishi has an alternate solution in the "Mr. Slim" line of products. The main advantage of their heat exchange system is that it is quiet and totally ductless.

    Check it out at:
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001

    good brand, I have 2 in my place (not the new slimline ones)


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