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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 doit-yourself guide provides 12 fully tested and proven designs that allow you to create truly outstanding recording settings. Basic ...
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Overview

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 doit-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, and 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071387002
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/29/2002
  • Series: TAB Mastering Electronics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1 My Studio - How Big and What Shape? 1
Ch. 2 Elements Common to All Studios 13
Ch. 3 Audiovisual Budget Recording Studio 33
Ch. 4 Studio Built in a Residence 51
Ch. 5 A Small Studio for Instruction and Campus Radio 65
Ch. 6 Small Ad Agency Studio for AVs and Radio Jingles 79
Ch. 7 Multitrack in a Two-Car Garage 93
Ch. 8 Building a Studio from Scratch for Radio Program Production 105
Ch. 9 Studios for a Commercial Radio Station 125
Ch. 10 One Control Room for Two Studios 139
Ch. 11 A Video Mini-Studio 157
Ch. 12 A Video and Multitrack Studio 173
Ch. 13 A Screening Facility for Film and Video 189
Ch. 14 Multiple Studios 199
Ch. 15 Diffusion Confusion 225
Ch. 16 Bits and Pieces of Acoustical Lore 241
Ch. 17 Acoustic Equations 257
Ch. 18 Acoustic Materials 269
Ch. 19 Electronics and Acoustics 299
Ch. 20 Reading Blueprints 311
App. A Sound Absorption Coefficients for General Building Materials and Furnishings 325
App. B Absorption Coefficients of Owens-Corning Products 327
App. C Absorption Coefficients for Tectum 331
App. D A Comprehensive Listing of Manufacturers of Acoustical Materials 333
References 347
Index 349
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