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What is better, enclosed or open control room?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by usalabs, Jul 29, 2012.

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  1. usalabs

    usalabs Active Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    Arizona, USA
    The recording studio which is now 3/4 built, is at a stand still, too many people are in disagreement on how the control room should be, and being that the studio is at the back of a friends house, it's ultimately up to him how the studio is built, but he's stopped the building, because a lot of people say "I played in a band and we never had an enclosed control room, just get a USB mixing desk and hook it up to a computer and start recording", and others say "well, all the studios I've been to use an enclosed control room for better control of the sounds when on the other side of a sound proof area.", so I contacted my brother-in-law in California, who is a professional sound engineer for most of the top Hollywood bands, and he specifically said to have the control room enclosed, sooo, which is it, open or enclosed? Personally I would have it enclosed, but it looks like I won't be doing anything there any time in the near future, until he takes the advice from professionals and stop listening to the "I know everything, wannabe" sound engineers.
  2. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    Since your friend obviously didn't have a real plan, budget or proper design, in practical terms, it probably won't matter if he finishes it off as a one room or not... so, finish it as a one room and deal with the problems as they arise.

    To build a "proper" studio with a tracking room and control room takes a bit more than just deciding to build it... check my build thread down in the studio construction forum.
  3. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
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    A real professional studio will have a control room that is acoustically designed for good sound and isolation in order for the engineer and producer to be able to hear what things sound like through the mics and DIs.

    For a home studio having it all in one room has two advantages. There may not be a dedicated engineer so putting things where one of the musicians can get to it may be necessary. Second, since space is often limited it can be better to leave rooms as big as possible rather than chop them up into less acoustically ideal small spaces.

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