Building a recording studio out of an old shipping container
Whether you’re an aficionado, an up-and-coming recording artist or an emerging music producer, chances are you might be spending a little too much money in recording studio sessions. And if music and recording are a big part of your life, you might as well want to invest on a home studio, which you could even rent to other artists to make some extra cash.
But if you’re not a fan of having strangers walking in and out of your home, or if you don’t have enough space in your house storage containers for sale can be the solution to your predicament. Actually, there’s a company that specializes in building home studios out of 20ft portable shipping containers. However, the downside of home studios, particularly those in your garage or shed is that most of the time the sound quality is rather poor. If such a small space is not properly treated, sound issues such as low and low-mid frequency buildups, nulls arise easily and have a negative impact in your mix. So, you must be careful and mindful to make sure your studio complies to professional acoustic standards.
You should aim for a 20ft “single strip” container and line the shell with walls, ceiling and flooring with a high-grade, high-density acoustic sheeting. Once everything has been completely and flawlessly sealed, it’s time to build the recording booth. This inner room must be free floating and completely isolated from the rest of the structure in order to reduce noise transference to the maximum. The next step is to work in an optimized sound treatment with bass traps, slot resonators and absorbers that provide the right acoustics. After your booth is all laid out you need to figure out all the wiring for microphones and connections before you enclose it all and adding the finishing touches.
Ideally, these two separated rooms will be connected to each other through multicore for audio and HDMI/Ethernet for CCTV cameras in both rooms, this will make for better control of both spaces and won’t compromise isolation for the booth. Something to keep in mind when building your studio is making sure that every double power point has its own earth wire taken back to the fuse box which will void any ground hum issues in the studio. Also, remember 3 phase connectors are waterproof and don’t come loose easily, which will save you a lot of trouble in the long haul. However, it is important that you get an expert electrician to set up a connection to the container’s own power box and all relevant cables/connectors from the power board to the container.
To ensure you’ll have a comfortable work-space, you might want to consider air conditioning. But in order to maintain the integrity of the structure and its acoustic specifications you should aim for a totally ducted air-conditioning system to ensure new oxygen is always circulating in and out of the room, otherwise you would run out of oxygen. Make sure this system is installed by a registered refrigeration specialist and that your sealing will remain intact.
Something else you must keep in mind is suspension. This is gonna be very important for recording sessions, in order to completely eliminate any transference of energy or vibration into the structure. Once all the structural essentials are in place, you can personalize the looks of your studio, choose the colours of the walls and the furniture, carpeting or flooring and any other special items such as a small fridge or extra TV monitors, shelves or cabinets.
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