The Big Think

March 7, 2007

The Itchy and Scratchy Show

Filed under: Studio Construction — jasony @ 9:34 pm

Spent today installing the insulation in the studio. I used 3 rolls of R19 and one roll of R13 to completely encase the vocal booth and fill the new wall. I also did about an hour of electrical work wiring up the new circuits. Not hard, per se, but kind of picky work since I’m trying to do everything up to code. It all works!

It’s neat to stand in the vox booth now and hear how dead/isolated it will sound. The room is starting to get that nice “studio sound” to it (not too much ambience, but not too dead either). That’ll change once the sheetrock goes in, but I have plans to tweak the final acoustics by building some of these. Again, it’s good to have a workshop. This place sells them for $260 for three. I can buy a sheet of the very same stuff for around $15. Some oak scraps and fabric from JoAnne’s Fabrics and I figure I can build three for around fifty bucks. You can see them at work here (I’ll cover them in something besides red).

After a full day of working with insulation I’m pretty miserable. Talk about uncomfortable! Even with gloves and a long sleeve shirt those little fiberglass filaments manage to work their way to your skin. My face is all red now from the airborne fibers. Luckily I only have two more voids to fill, but I had to put them off until tomorrow so I can go back to Lowes for a couple of electrical boxes and some in-wall mounting boxes for the wall sconces.

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