We’re on the brink of moving to another part of the country. We’ll be living in the deep south in 2 weeks time. Now “deep south” in my tiny country means less than 2 hours drive from here, but it’s the first step towards my pension (still 3 years to go) so it feels like a big step.
The downside is that I don’t have space for a studio in the house (it’s quite a bit smaller)… However, I do have plans to build one in the back of the garden, so in about 12 to 18 months from now I hope to restart recording. I’ll be putting up a last bash in about a week. I’ll keep on doing some basic mixing with headphones for a while.
But here’s my question: I’d love some input on the studio build as the project develops. At this time I’m only wondering about the dimensions of the building. I don’t have the time or money to build anything professional. In fact I’ll be doing a lot of the actual constructing myself to save costs.
I will probably want to spend more time recording when I stop working. My main objective is to record my own music, but I could help out singer-songwriters and small (acoustically orientated) bands with a basic demo and some limited producing. Just as a first step.
So I’m aiming to build something in the order of 2,8 by 4,5 by 6 meters. I’ve already found a site that helps you calculate ideal room ratio’s, but these work on the basis of rectangular shapes. I often read that you need to avoid parallel walls. That’s fine, but will any non parallel set of wall’s (and floor and ceiling) do? Or are these also strictly limited to certain ratio’s? Does any one have any experience with the luxury of being able to design the shape of your studio?