Work is finally progressing on the new studio space. The shell construction is similar to the old studio but with some notable improvements.Read More
I literally just finished hanging my guitars and some artwork. The acoustic panels were hung over the weekend. I did some test recording yesterday and everything works...and sounds wonderful.
Yesterday, I finally hooked up enough equipment in the studio to give it a listen. My first impression was that the imaging was very 3D and life like. Individual instruments seemed to occupy specific places within the stereo spectrum, instead of being generally panned to the right or left. This added to a sense that the size of the sound stage had increased beyond the physical placement of the speakers.
The dynamics of the music were also more apparent, which either meant the song sounded extremely musical or completely lifeless. The difference depended on how it was mix/mastered and probably the intended target market. Unfortunately, for a few "radio friendly" albums that were compressed to sound as loud as possible, this translated into a flat and lifeless presentation. Sorry Coldplay. My mid-90's Able Cain CD, recorded in full 16-bit ADAT glory, sounded much more dynamic.
Did I mention that I haven't even installed the acoustic panels yet? Wow. The room is going to sound incredible.
Ah yes, that glorious day is upon us! The studio is finished. The carpet was installed last Saturday and I spent Tuesday night assembling the Omnirax desk. Now the fun really begins...unracking and re-racking all my recording equipment.
I never thought that finishing the studio would be held up by carpet! Just spoke to the carpet store and learned that the replacement carpet should be here by the middle of next week. They asked for photos of the defective spots on the carpet to help expedite the claim. So, here they are in all their CSI glory.