I'm Delaying The Super Studio
by, 02-29-2012 at 11:14 AM (1553 Views)
I've decided that I'm gonna wait on the Super Studio.
I started with nothing and still have most of it left. My current “house” would not meet HUDs standards (American free housing for the poor). However, my gear racks would almost satisfy Mutt Lange. Well, maybe not. You get the point. I get the feeling from a housing standpoint, that my situation isn't much different than some of the rougher portions of Poland...or Detroit. I've invested my cash in my craft and not luxuries most Americans take for granted.
There's a reason you don't see pics of my facility and I'm very careful with my camera angles when doing videos.
The plan from Day #1 has always been to have a super studio. Just imagine a studio with an SSL, but subtract anything that looks like a woman or a drug dealer with white pants decorated it and put up a bunch of swords and knight armor. 30' ceilings in the live room sounds about right, for example.
The only problem with the super studio is the one thing it does right. It solves almost all of my home recording problems. Low ceilings and small rooms are the killer of the home recording world. I'm trying to avoid these challenges by building a monstrosity out in the country where soundproofing isn't much of an issue, either.
That's the sissy way out of the home recording problem.
My RecordingReview Responsibilities
My job, here at RecordingReview.com at least, is to solve home recording problems and pass that info on. We get tons of threads in the http://forum.recordingreview.com/f73/ Acoustics and Studio Construction forum where people are working in not-so-ideal conditions. Most people are working within limitations carefully devised by the wife and enforced with an authoritarian hand with crying babies and restraints on cranking 4x12 cabinets....maybe even on 1x10 cabinets.
It doesn't do anyone here much good to see how I'd mic up a drum kit at Ocean Way. What does matter is if I was forced to record in a basement, what would I do to solve my problems? How much would it cost? What would be a total waste of money? What was that one $100 thingy I can't live without. How would I get my monitoring accurate?
I've taken on the role of guinea pig with my gear purchases so I could report back to you guys what's important and what isn't. At present, I can't really do that with my current facility because the damn thing is in use too much.
I think by going through the hell of setting up a studio that meets my standards and documenting every decision, hour, and dollar I put into it including the wife bitching and moaning, I'll have something that could do an enormous amount of good for my fellow home recorders. The “how” and the “why” will be just as important as the “what” in my usual excessively thorough style.
I could see myself using more electronic drums. That might suck, but it doesn't have to. That may lead to me commissioning my “smart gate” MIDI plugin I've had on the brain that will pretty much perfect triggering electronically. Not sure. There may be a market for $1.30 piezos on a stick.
The point is I'm a more potent helper here at RecordingReview when I'm stuck in the same lion cage everyone else is.
Not Rushing The Super Studio
I've decided that it would be cool to have the best damn drum room in between Memphis and Chicago. Going “pretty good” is expensive. I think I could muster up all-out-mega-sound for maybe 50% more. I think fixed costs like HVAC and concrete are a bigger issue than getting the room right when dealing with 30' ceiling conditions.
I'm a bit nervous that all that would go into a super studio may be more demanding on the wallet than I expect. So it makes sense to build this Super Studio with money I don't need. By taking my time, I may be able to further exploit "economic uncertainty" for my financial benefit.
I'm not gonna rush the Super Studio. Instead, I'm gonna jump face first into totally unideal home recording facility situation and put my brain to work making it as ideal as possible and somehow keep the wife from divorcing me.