Basic Home Studio Designby Paul White
(Music Sales America). Investigating areas such as soundproofing, acoustics, and monitoring, this handy guide will help you transform your bedroom into the equivalent of a modern recording studio, and at a fraction of the price.
- Music Sales Corporation
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- Product dimensions:
- 4.50(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.46(d)
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Having read through this excellent primer on designing and building a home studio, I now intend to purchase the entire set of Basic books by Paul White. The man can actually write well! His use of clear English is a welcome relief from all the heavy-handed jargon and convoluted verbiage I have seen elsewhere. His simple (not simplistic) presentation of concepts and practical tips leaves me with the good feeling of incipient comprehension- better yet, a growing confidence that I can accomplish the dream of having my own studio. And-dare I say it- the book was fun to read. I highly recommend Mr. White's books to all without technical expertise who want to learn and do.
NOT WORTH THE MONEY You may be tempted given the price but this book is so short on details and backward in it's presentation of the fundamentals (not until chapter 5) that it's not even worth the Nook price. For instance, the author talks about the importance of proper room dimension ratio's but then doesn't give any. In Chapter 5, Acoustic Treatment (Optimal Dimensions page 33) "...although some problems can also be avoided when planning the construction of the studio, by calculating ratios of room dimensions that produce the most evenly spaced modes." This is a big understatement, A LOT of problems can be avoided. As Mike Shea states in his book "How to Build a Small Budget Recording Studio from Scratch" Fourth Edition, Chapter 6: My Studio - How Big and What Shape?, Page 95: "The BBC has concluded that any studio of less than 1500 cubic feet is not practical. Any savings in construction cost is outweighed by cost of correcting acoustical deficiencies-and usually successful correction of deficiencies is not feasible." He then goes on to give 6 suggested ratios in a table showing: ratio, height, length, width and cubic volume. Then a table showing the modal frequency distribution for those 6 rooms. (Modes - zones in a room where two or more low frequency sound waves come together.) He then gives a table showing varying proportions, all with the same volume (1585 cubic feet) and a table showing the modal frequency distributions. So save your self some time, money and frustration, first go online to respected sources to learn the basics: http://www.primacoustic.com/fulltrap-science.htm http://www.johnlsayers.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2125 Then I'd suggest buying Mike Shea's book; "How to Build a Small Budget Recording Studio from Scratch" Fourth Edition ISBN: 9780071782715