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The New Studio Build Begins… Sort Of…

When we moved into our new house in the summer, I knew after the upstairs renovations were complete and the main part of the house was a home, I’d be able to turn my focus to the next major project. My new studio!

For the past few months, I’ve been working in less than ideal conditions. A spare “bedroom” in the basement that hasn’t been updated since the house was built in the 80’s. It has green shag carpet, green flowery wallpaper, and it stinks so badly of mothballs and other unidentified smells that it’s all I can do to hang in there long enough to get recordings done.

For a guy like me who loves his job and wants to work, it’s been hard to not have a space to create and be productive.

At the same time, it’s further evidence of something I’ve always said… you can record just about anywhere. You don’t need to have the best studio or the fanciest equipment to get the job done. Remember, for years I recorded in my living room with an EV-RE20 and made really great money doing it!

Now, though, I finally get the build the dream studio I’ve been designing off and on in my brain for a decade.

It’s going to be a much bigger job than I originally thought. Nothing in our basement is salvageable. Not even the framing! So I’m literally going to be starting with a blank slate. That makes it a little more exciting and a little more intimidating. I want to make sure I get this right.

As the work progresses over the new few weeks, I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear any pro tips you’ve got. Have you built a studio? What do I need to know that I may not be thinking about?

Any recommendations? Any mistakes I should avoid? Any lessons you learned the hard way?

Any tips for making it even more awesome?

Comment or email I’d love to hear from you!