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How to Build a Small Budget Recording Studio from Scratch ... With 12 Tested Designs Paperback – May 1, 1988


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  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Tab Books; 2nd edition (May 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830629661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830629664
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,837,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful By David Nahmani on October 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
For example, the only help this book gives as far as treating the acoustic of a project studio, is to tell you to buy a certain particular brand, RPG, and get 4 of their bass traps, 4 of their absorbant panels and 2 of their diffusors, and where to place them. No different options are discussed, no alternatives....

And when you find out that this option amounts to around $3,000.00, and the author concludes: "this option represents the very minimum defense against the effects of early reflections, the minimum of bass absorption and the minimum of rear-wall diffusion. Much potential improvements remains."....you start wondering about the "budget" he's talking about in the title.

I wish he'd mention the fact that a big couch or a heavy love seat can make for a great bass trap, that pannels of 703 or 705 fiberglass covered in burlap fabric make much greater absorbants than foam for much cheaper, and that a cluttered shelve makes for a great diffusor....

The rest of the book is filled with mathematical equations and tables and graphs that lack some clear explanations. The book is discouraging at best, boring and not reflective of it's title.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mike Oswald on July 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was a big disappointment. I was hoping for detailed instructions for the construction of a studio, and what I got was a refresher course in Acoustics 101. The book has a lot of theory which could be helpful to someone that doesn't already know about diffusion, absorbtion and reflection of sound waves. What it doesn't have is room dimensions, angles of walls, or decent illustrations. The illustration for a garage multi-track studio was literally a line drawing of a square with a bisecting line across the corner signifying what would be a disfunctional control room. If you're not ready to build a studio and want some good information on room modes and acoustics, this is a good enough book. If you want to apply these principles and actually build a studio, there are better instructions on several free websites.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mauricio Bussab on July 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
I used this book as a reference to build a private studio where I record the CDs for my label. It sounds great, reverberation is under control and low, over the whole spectrum. And it cost me HALF of what I'd expect. I used two regular doors instead of a professional grade studio door (I got this money saving idea in this book), I designed my air condinioning using his ideas (it is quiet and has no sound leakage), the cables go into the recording booth using ideas that I found here. The studio has been in operation for four years and everybody loves the sound. I can't praise it enough. My label's web site is outrosdiscos.com.br in case you want to know what was recorded here.
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33 of 48 people found the following review helpful By laccy656@aol.com on April 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
please excuse the review i am holding a baby. first the auther is very knowlegable about his subject matter but assumes you are to. The test designs do not cross over as to allow you to hypred his designs with any true concept other then the math and even the math is applied derectly to the specific test design w/ out help on cross over. he gives theroy but leaves out the simple but important questions that would allow one to connect the design elements w/ confendence. it rather ticked me off that he was not able to simply give a step by step summery of the basic elements before or even after the advanced info on modes and at many points left me to wonder if he really knew what to do with the room. he explained and explained, but most was a repeat of what was said in other modes or rooms and never explained why it worked one way for this room or why he did this or that for the other. It left me rereading and rereading for information that was not there. it did however have a wealth of hard to get info on modes and if you happen to be designing a room really close to his examples you are in luck it was just hard to deduce as a novice why he used certain absorbtion elements suc as hanging treatments a certion ways here and it not apply there. example there are many designs of mid band absorbers explained (although do expect to much from the figures/ illustrations which are the entire design) but they dont cross referecce as to why one works better for a certain room and how it relates to the mode and why. this would tell me so much as to the true nature of how to design my room not one of his test designs. sorry i am flying off but i wish this advanced acoustical designer would understand that if its on a budget i dought chips davis is the guy who will be reading it.
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By caulin on September 18, 2013
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This book gives very easy to use small budget studio building details. I was able to build a portable studio for a decent price.
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