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Home Recording Studio Build it Like the Pros Paperback – March 1, 2006
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About the Author
Rod Gervais is a multi-disciplined engineer who lives in northeast Connecticut. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the Audio Engineering Society, and the National Fire Protection Association. His background in construction is wide ranging, from national museums to recording and movie studios. Rod is also an accomplished musician with over 40 years of experience playing percussion, guitar, bass guitar, and keyboards. His musical experience runs the gamut from classical to jazz, although the musical love of his life is the blues.
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Rod excels in his chapter on HVAC. This is the most underestimated and often overlooked aspect of an isolated recording room. This is where I learned the most, having already been in the construction field with an understanding of the methods used to decouple and break the path that vibration travels on, the need to damp the interior of a double wall assembly, etc. What I thought I knew about HVAC design was elevated due to just the reading of this chapter.
You cannot do this type of work without information that applies directly to home studio construction. So I suggest that if this is your goal even if you think you know what you are doing, get "Home Recording Studio: Build It Like the Pros", by Rod Gervais...why take chances.
Rod gives first class advice, examples, and clear explain the why's and hows.
I followed advice in the book for my soundproofing, the door seals, the acoustics.
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I heard about Rod via the Gearslutz forum, he's active there and helpful to all.
Bottom line, the guy is a former contractor, and it's obvious from reading the book that he knows how these things are not just designed, but actually *built*. He covers everything in more depth than most of the other books put together. This book is money well-spent.
One caveat: the software and internet-based material in the book is aged IMO. Maybe Rod can do a 2nd edition with updated links/suggestions! It would be nice to see Room EQ Wizard featured since it's free and very well written.
The book does a superb job of taking a complex subject and presenting it in a way that the average person will be able to understand what he needs to know, and yet satisfy those who already understand more about the engineering involved.
For the guy wanting to build his own recording studio or practice room at home, and understand what he's doing, this book is perfect. It even gets into what NOT to do in order to make sure you avoid wasting your money on the wrong things. This book is a real time-saver to have all the information you need in one place, and have it explained so clearly. And with the brief but helpful warnings to the do-it-yourselfer about avoiding the risk of mold, fire, and structural collapse, it could even be a life-saver.
Rod Gervais's book is an encyclopaedia of knowledge that would have stopped me making the mistakes that take twice as long and twice as much to fix after the event.
I don't care whether you're a starter amateur or a hardened pro, you need this book if you're building a room. He's written it to allow your ability to decide how much you take in. You can get into serious mathematics of acoustics or just take his easy to use formulae 'that work'. You can use custom cabinets or buy off the shelf acoustic products.
Bottom line: Start here before you budget, sketch or pick up a hammer.
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Missed non-US, cold-climate perspective.
Recommended for semi-pros wanting to build their own sound-studio.Read more