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How to Build A Small Budget Recording Studio From Scratch: With 12 Tested Designs (TAB/ Mastering Electronics Series) Paperback – 1 Jun 2002


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tab Electronics; 3 edition (1 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071387005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071387002
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,171,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BUILD YOUR OWN RECORDING STUDIO AT A COST LOWER THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE!

INCLUDES 12 TESTED AND PROVEN DESIGNS

Here's the perfect reference for anyone planning to build or remodel a recording studio on a shoe-string budget. Whether your interest is in radio, audio-visual, film, or television production, you can build an efficient, fully functional studio with no special training or knowledge of acoustics.

Bypassing heavy-duty math and assuming you don't have an unlimited budget, this do-it-yourself guide provides 12 fully tested and proven designs that allow you to create truly outstanding recording settings. Basic acoustical principles are explained in the context of real-life project plans that detail construction materials, applied design elements, as well as cost.

This Third Edition contains valuable information on acoustical materials, the latest in computer-controlled acoustical test equipment, new techniques and materials used to isolate and control vibration, and a new chapter on blueprint reading. You'll also find job-simplifying new information on materials and construction methods and a comprehensive listing of products and manufacturers.

If you're an amateur audiophile or electronic hobbyist with a discerning musical ear and high hopes, but don't have cash to burn - here are plans that give you the best sound you can get for your money.

About the Author

MIKE SHEA has been involved with professional audio since the 1960s when he opened his own recording studio in Massachusetts. He relocated to New York in the 1970s and began a successful independent contracting career building rehearsal and recording studios. Throughout his career he has taught graduate courses at the Institute of Audio Research, served as the technical editor of RECORDING WORLD magazine, and written extensively about all aspects of professional audio.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Russell Cowie on 9 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a bit of a beast. Arriving in the post, I thought "This looks like it's going to be pretty helpful". How wrong was I? It's got some helpful content within, but the author really speaks to you as if you've got a master's degree in mechanical physics. It's definately NOT a book for beginners, you need a load of background knowledge just to get through the first chapter.
Pretty heavy if you ask me...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 1998
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please excuse the review i am holding a baby. first the auther is very knowlegable about his subject matter but assumes you are to. The test designs do not cross over as to allow you to hypred his designs with any true concept other then the math and even the math is applied derectly to the specific test design w/ out help on cross over. he gives theroy but leaves out the simple but important questions that would allow one to connect the design elements w/ confendence. it rather ticked me off that he was not able to simply give a step by step summery of the basic elements before or even after the advanced info on modes and at many points left me to wonder if he really knew what to do with the room. he explained and explained, but most was a repeat of what was said in other modes or rooms and never explained why it worked one way for this room or why he did this or that for the other. It left me rereading and rereading for information that was not there. it did however have a wealth of hard to get info on modes and if you happen to be designing a room really close to his examples you are in luck it was just hard to deduce as a novice why he used certain absorbtion elements suc as hanging treatments a certion ways here and it not apply there. example there are many designs of mid band absorbers explained (although do expect to much from the figures/ illustrations which are the entire design) but they dont cross referecce as to why one works better for a certain room and how it relates to the mode and why. this would tell me so much as to the true nature of how to design my room not one of his test designs. sorry i am flying off but i wish this advanced acoustical designer would understand that if its on a budget i dought chips davis is the guy who will be reading it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun. 1997
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A fairly easy to read book with an analysis of 12 budget studio/control room projects ranging from a garage project to multiple purpose voice, music and video production facilities. Concentrates mostly on analyzing and using different types of construction techniques and absorbers to achieve flat reverberation time vs. frequency. Includes floor plans and detailed construction plans for walls, studio windows, and low frequency and wide band absorbers. Several reference sections are also included that deal with acoustical materials, measuring equipment and techniques.
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First my music level: I am a pop rock songwriter with a medium home studio. Synth and rock guitar average skills, something between pro and amateur. Yes I work flawless with midi, samplers, drum machines, but have still some problems with EQ and compressor. This gives you an idea about my skills for you to judge my opinion and set your decision Ok.
This book is very technical about constrution and things that you will never use. For me it's useless. I have one do you want to buy ?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. M. Roche on 5 Aug. 2009
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This book is a bit odd. It is organized in projects plus a few sections that are universal to all projects.

This, in my opion, makes the book very hard to read. Personally, I would have prefered for the authors to have presented the information for each subject in their own sections. I would also have only included the 12 projects as a reference which can be refered to for those interested.

This would have been miles easier to read and much more informative.
However, as it is, the reader must read through the whole book in order to abstract all the infomation.

The book isn't written in easy to read language either. You can certainly tell that the authors are sound engineers in that the language that is used is overly complicated and technical which does not help communicate the knowledge to the layman.

For those interested in building a budget home recording studio for music, I would recommend you buy another book as this book only has some info on home recording studios.

I am off now to buy "Home Recording Studio Construction: Build it Like the Pros
by Rodney Gervais" in hope that this book is writen in a more staight forward manner and contains info that is aimed at people building home recording studio's for music rather than other types of studio's.

I recommend that the authors of small budget recording studio from scratch get cracking on a new edition. One that is writen in a more straight forward manner that is better organized.
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