Big Picture

After all of this work and thinking and money, the end result is something pretty simple.

There may be a few things in the drawing that aren't self explanatory. The shelves are built in three bays into the wall that stretch from floor to ceiling. We'll keep all kinds of stuff inside, from cords and cables to old amps and crappy acoustic guitars that seem to accumulate. In addition, we mentioned in the acoustic section that the shelves help the room to sound better; the doors are monsters, made from 3/4" plywood and 2x4s that are filled with mineral wool to kill most of the sound that hits them.

There are two working tape machines, a 1" 8 track for tracking and a 1/2" 2 track for mixing down. There's a third tape machine that's the same model as the other two that we can use for parts in a real pinch. They're all late model MCI/Sony JH 110-C units. These are good for our purposes. They're professional machines, so we can get good recording and funcitonality out of them. But they're prevelant enough (and straightforward enough in their design) that dealing with mechanical problems should be an affordable challenge. And they're not really expensive like some of the nice Ampexes or Studers that are out there.

The two doors will help any neighbors not notice us as much. Both the outside one (metal) and the inside one (solid core wood) have plenty of foam weather seal around them, so as to make a nice seal when the doors close. Which is why we're glad that the HVAC is well designed.

The subwoofer is the 2 x 18" enclosure that handles the severe low end for the drum machine. It's actually pretty close to scale in this picture, which is kind of nuts. We bought a 50 foot mic snake that will carry signals back and forth between the amp side of the room and the console side of the room.


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