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My Studio Expansion\Renovation is Now Complete!DJ

Posted by rchecka 
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Re: My Studio Expansion\Renovation is Now Complete!DJ
March 23, 2013 06:30PM
Going back through these pics a second (or third, lol) time now...

What are the blue sleeves you use for some of your 45's?

How did you build in the TIX-dot clock into the shelve itself? Some simple drill holes through the wood but what's the light source?

The diffuser looks really dope! What's the effect you'd say you get from it; less obnoxious/unappealing sound bouncing off that flat wall space? How does it's function compare to your audio foam? I know you gotta try and keep all your sound isolated in here as well so perhaps that's part of the motivation, either way, I bet you can really crank those speakers!

You got a lot of CD's!

Again, amazing work...you're making a lot of folks jealous here!





On a sidenote, I've just grabbed a six of that Sam Adams Alpine Spring (pictured in some of your pics as well) and have to say I think it's pretty mediocre. It's definitely nice and crisp (I see the Spring connection) but I thought I'd be getting some hops in here!!
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avatar Re: My Studio Expansion\Renovation is Now Complete!DJ
March 24, 2013 02:01PM
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What are the blue sleeves you use for some of your 45's?

Before I started separating my 7" records by genre I bought different color sleeves to distinguish between them by simply glancing at them. Red 7" sleeves for my Hip Hop, blue for blues, jazz, funk and soul, yellow 7" sleeves for my reggae sevens, white for rock, etc. Eventually I split the genres into their own sections and yet I still follow this scheme even though it no longer makes any sense to do so. I tend to keep doing things even if it's pointless and costs unnecessary money once I start doing something a certain way, LOL. I literally throw away perfectly good white 7" sleeves and put a blue one I paid for on it if its soul and then I put it in the section it goes in which defeats the purpose. So, yeah, all that blue you saw was my mostly funk, soul and blues 7" records.

If you think that's anal, I also put plastic sleeves on all my picture sleeve 7" records and I print the name of the artist on a white label and adhere it to the upper left corner of every 7" so that I can quickly flip thru them and find what I need using the label opposed to pulling out every single 7 one by one to read the label on the center of the record. It definitely works to find what I want in a flash, but talk about OCD in full effect.



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How did you build in the TIX-dot clock into the shelve itself? Some simple drill holes through the wood but what's the light source?


^This one says 12:34.

^This is the same kind of TIX clock I bought it a long time ago from Thinkgeek.com but I see they no longer carry them. I bought it because i wanted a clock in there that was in plain sight but still not obvious to know the time. In other words you had to think about it to actually know what time it is. Because nothing is worse than knowing how much time you are wasting in a studio listening to music when you have time to waste. I'd rather know what time it is only when I HAVE to know what time it is.

It's simple, you count the number of dots in each section and add them up and that's what time it is. When a minute goes by, the clock adds another lit dot in the far right. So 10:00 = no lit dots, one lit dot, no lit dots and no lit dots. It's the counting of the dots that makes it optional to know what time it is. It's really the perfect clock for my room.

Of course, I couldn't just leave it sitting out looking normal, I had to do something to make it become a part of the studio like a total anal nerd with too much time to waste and that's what I did. I cut out that part of the shelf where I wanted the clock to be, (The shelf was already fully built so I had to carve out that section and make sure it was exactly the size of the rectangular clock. I embedded the clock in it's new home and made it look like it was part of the shelf by drilling circular holes over each TIX dot on a flat piece of wood that was flush with the outside of the shelf. A little caulk and paint and it literally became a built in clock.

I can actually remove the clock from the inside of the shelf or change the time by pushing the buttons hidden on the inside of the shelf that you can't see unless you remove the records blocking it. Nice thing is it is the perfect thickness to fit inside the shelf to appear like it is part of the shelf. I guess it is now a part of the shelf because I doubt I'll take it with me. When we outgrow this house I'm hoping little built in details like this help sell it. I suppose that's only gonna help sell the house if someone is as nerdy as I am about that kinda stuff though.


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The diffuser looks really dope! What's the effect you'd say you get from it; less obnoxious/unappealing sound bouncing off that flat wall space? How does it's function compare to your audio foam? I know you gotta try and keep all your sound isolated in here as well so perhaps that's part of the motivation, either way, I bet you can really crank those speakers!

Yes at the less obnoxious sound bouncing off that wall space. The room is in the shape of an "L" so I put sound absorption behind on the back wall directly behind the speakers to soak up some of the rouge bass, and the diffuser in the nook of the "L" above the beer fridge. Instead of absorbing the sound it causes the wave to "ripple" and bounce back more randomly and cancel out the next wave that's moving thru that nook. I found a sound engineer dude online to help me find the flaws in the room, he really knew what he was talking about. Those diffusers normally go on the same wall as your speakers to cancel out double bouncing waves but it also works in odd shaped rooms like mine. I was really worried about the sound because an "L" shaped room is really a bad shape for sound waves but he said any shape room will work if you have the right absorption and deflection.

I am still tuning the room, I need a few more bass corner absorbers under the fridge and then it will sound even better still. Once I get it right I gotta know when to stop trying to improve it, right now that's my problem, how to know when it's as good as it's gonna get. Eventually I gotta be pleased with 98% sounds good 2 percent sounds bad but I'm not good at knowing when to leave well enough alone. I think my wife will murder me if I put one more nail into this room, she's thinking I'm a little over the top, she's right.((giggle))

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You got a lot of CD's!

Thanks dude, yeah I have about 3,000 CDs I started collecting CDs in the 90s and eventually switched over to buying strictly records. (I have about 5,000 records today) As soon as I had 2 turntables I basically gave up on buying CDs other then the occasional professional mix or album that I know will never get the vinyl treatment. I was thinking about selling my CD collection when I did this renovation but I couldn't bring myself to get rid of something that is a unique part of my music taste. Used CDs (unlike used records) are almost valueless when you sell them (especially if there is even one tiny scratch on them stores don't want em) so they meant much more to me than what I could get for them from a used music store. Not to mention, to me, It would have been like selling some happy memories in my young adult life. Besides, I still bust out CDs for roadtrips and occasionally when I don't feel like flipping a record over in my studio every 5 minutes. To me they don't sound as good as my records but they still sound good enough to cherish and take care of on to even if it means I gotta build a lot more shelving.

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Again, amazing work...you're making a lot of folks jealous here!

Thanks man, good looks.double thumbs up

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On a sidenote, I've just grabbed a six of that Sam Adams Alpine Spring (pictured in some of your pics as well) and have to say I think it's pretty mediocre. It's definitely nice and crisp (I see the Spring connection) but I thought I'd be getting some hops in here!!

Yeah, that was the first time I tried it, I wasn't impressed with it either. It's ok, definitely not as good as their staple "Boston Lager" which IMO is the best tasting American beer period. The fridge in that pic has my favorite expensive beer, Samual Adams Boston Lager, my favorite old stand by cheap local beer Leinenkugels, and my favorite mid priced ale, New Glarus Spotted Cow Ale. I bought a variety of beers just to enjoy the first week of not working on my studio as a little present to myself. I think I gained 5 lbs in beer gut in one week from the splurge though, now it's back to the old standby Leinies.

Thanks again V! Thanks for chiming in I do appreciate it fo sho.

edit: added pic.



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