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Re: GSBN:Re: Acoustics

Hello Bohdan.  Remember that good room acoustics are not only about the
wall, floor and ceiling materials.  Room size, shape, and proportions are
very important.  Issues like parallel surfaces that can facilitate echo, or
curved surfaces along which acoustic creep can occur or curved surfaces that
focus sound are important to be aware of.  Also, surface textures play a
role, as can objects that are in the space.  Consult any good text on room
acoustics, especially one pertaining to recording studios, or performing
arts spaces.   Earth plastered straw bale walls do seem to be a great wall
assembly to enclose a recording studio.  Frank's experience apparently
confirms that.  Good luck!

Martin Hammer

> Thanks for that Frank.
> My clients will probably work out the various acoustics required for each
> play.
> I was wondering what you did for the ceiling - did you use an absorbent
> material or a hard material like plaster board?
> Thanks once again
> Bohdan
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Thangmaker@...
> To: GSBN@...
> Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2006 1:58 PM
> Subject: Re: GSBN:Re:
>> We helped Stuart Sullivan build a SB isolation room at his studio  here in
>> Austin, Wire Recording.  He has a large rented space and  orginally wanted
>> the
>> room (approximately  20ftx30ft) for a drum room but he  now uses it more
>> for
>> piano and organ.  He did not want us to plaster so we  put 2 layers of
>> 5/8"
>> drywall on the out side (still inside the building  envelope) and various
>> fabrics
>> on the inside.  It has been ranked in the top  3 studios in town several
>> years
>> running and he said he would definately do straw  bale again.
>> We did another studio earlier this year for Jim Eno who is the drummer
>> for
>> the popular rock band Spoon.
>> The live room is exposed red adobe bricks, which we made with no artifical
>> or petroish ingredients, with contrasting white clay mortar. see pics
>> www.thangmaker.com   The control room, isolation rooms and upper level  of
>> the live
>> room are dry wall with earthen plaster.  Earth seems to score  big with
>> recording engineers and acousticians.  Jim has only been open  a few
>> months but is
>> getting great feedback...no pun intended.
>> Frank Meyer