I got all the trim up in my music studio.  Now it's on to building some shelves in the closet, a workbench/station for doing guitar setup and minor repairs, and some bass traps and diffusers.

I basically had a 12 x 12 room left in our new-to-us house for my studio, plus an attached closet under the stairs ( I know, basically the least ideal dimensions for a room to use for recording but it's what I have so I am working with it).


So far, since the house was pretty much gutted when we bought it I was able to apply some soundproofing to the room.  Ideally I would have floated the room but my budget was limited so I put fiberglass insulation in all the interior walls.  The exterior wall has closed cell spray foam.  I also used fiberglass in the ceiling.  Then I put Green Glue on all the studs before hanging the drywall.  After this I caulked all the seems and gaps. Then a second layer of drywall was put up with a layer of Green Glue between the drywall layers.  I used about 2 tubes of Green Glue per 4 x 8 sheet of drywall.  I then went around and caulked around outlets and light fixtures.  We also had a separate return duct run for our heating and cooling to minimize noise through the ductwork.  When recording I plan on covering the vents regardless.  Actually they are fairly quiet with a Geothermal system.  For the flooring I had to raise the floor 3/4 inches so I just added a layer of OSB with Green Glue between that and the subfloor.  For my computer I have cables running through the wall so the CPU can be in the closet and will minimize fan noise from it.  I still have yet to treat the doors and windows.  My plan is to put weatherstripping around the doors and put a rubber sweep at the bottom of the door.  The doors are foam filled which I hope will help with keeping sound out.  For the windows I will build some
plugs either with drywall or some sort of plexiglass.  I think that's about it for soundproofing and noise reduction.

Acoustic Treatment

I've done a fair amount of research over the last 3 or 4 years on acoustics.  For my 2008 Solo Guitar album I had to use what I had for acoustics so I put a chair in each corner of the room as bass traps.  Then I set up a book shelf to act as a diffuser.  For this new room I will build 5 or 6 bass traps with Owens Corning 703.  They will be 4" thick.  I will also build 3 diffuser panels.  I haven't done much in measurements in my room to know what will give a flat response in the room with a specific reverb time.  My goal right now is to (again based on a limited budget), get a start on acoustic treatment.  I know I need a lot of bass traps and/or a lot of diffusers to either take away sound reflections or disperse their patterns so they don't create modes or cancel each other out.  Once I have these panels I can experiment with placement and measurements, then see where I need to go from there.  I'll give photos and sound samples when these projects are under way.


Like a lot of independent musicians, I'm not able to afford the best equipment and customization of instruments and gear so I'm thankfully forced to learn this on my own.  The guitar is such an advanced instrument.  You often think of a violin, saxophone, or harmonica as being the most expressive instruments or the most voice-like.  I am constantly becoming more aware of the expression of a guitar.  It's likely to be a little more subtle but the instrument is very complex.  Every aspect of it affects the sound and comfort.  Ervin Somogyi goes into great depths on the resonance and responsiveness of the guitar on his website, books, and videos.  One book I purchased about four years ago is Dan Erlewines Guitar Player Repair Guide and it offers a lot of great guides on how to make your okay guitar play quite well.  Some of the most significant repairs I've learned are replacing plastic nuts and saddles with bone if they aren't already.  I've replaced about 6 saddles now and one nut and the sound difference is quite noticeable.  The guitar responds much better.  Another repair I just did about a month ago is redressing the frets on my Martin OOOCXE Black and it is so much more comfortable to play.  Plus I got rid of the fret buzz around the 14th fret.    Anyway, what I'm getting at is that my plan is to build a workbench in my studio for basic setup stuff, swapping saddles and nuts, fret dressing and refretting, truss rod adjustments, restringing, and possibly some other repairs that won't make much of a mess.  

There are a few other things I will do to keep my studio organized and efficient for practice, recording, lessons, repair, and also a guest bedroom.  I will post as much as I can to hopefully help anyone else working on their own studio with some ideas.


Howard Chasteen October 01, 2014 @08:11 pm

Hi David, Howard from Winfield and Colorado I have been involved in the design and construction of hundreds of studios and production spaces. If I can help you let me know. Looks good for a home studio!

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