This video is a walk through of the preliminary studio design for REB Records. Console is a 48 channel SSL Duality SE, a console that we’ve worked with at another studio and have enjoyed.
While placing doors, which are 3′ 4″ wide and 6′ 10 1/2″ tall (The more generic ones going to the bathroom and the HVAC are only 3′ wide,) it became apparent that there really is not enough space for a sliding door as seen in many studios between the main tracking room and the Isolation booth. So the double door method is used. The basic idea is that the lounge/Sound lock/bathroom are all connected on the bottom right (if the tracking room is the “top”) of the studio making the access between these rooms relatively easy. The tracking room is then connected to the Iso booth – which is the only way to get to the storage closet and behind that, (at the lower left) is the HVAC closet. There are drawbacks to having, for example, double doors going into the Isolation booth. They take up significant space – a sliding door does not take up physical floor space in either of the two rooms that it connects, swinging doors do… This and hundreds of other questions from funding to building to equipment to sight lines to things we haven’t thought about are being considered and debated. Below is some explanation of the door situation.
The reason for only one door to the control room is two fold. First, it creates the best isolation between the control room and all the other spaces. There is only one door to the control room and it goes into a room that does not have a door to the outside so there would be very little bleed into the main mixing area. Secondly, It provides the most amount of wall space for use. Anytime a door is added basically a 8 to 12 square foot amount of space is taken away depending if the door goes out from the room or into the room. So the doors on the vertical hallways are all at the long end of the rooms where there they potentially leave more room for equipment and gear along the walls.
Design will continue in the next couple weeks, adding textures, equipment, instruments, acoustic treatment and eventually lighting and a design for the ceiling and roof.