View from main hall looking into what will become the control room.
A simple overlay in photoshop to visualize the plans I had made on paper.
View from west side of main hall.
View from west side of main hall. Acute angle.
View from west side with intended structure added as overlay in Photoshop.
View from east side of main hall.
View from middle of main hall.
View from east side of main hall. Acute angle.
View from middle of main hall with new structure added as an overlay in Photoshop.
Early sketches of control room, studio and server room.
Early CAD model of exterior stud structure for studio area.
For teh lulz. Some very early scetches and ideas.
From one of the first days of construction. The first few wall structures are comming into place.
From one of the first days of construction. The first few wall structures are comming into place. View from east side.
From one of the first days of construction. The wall and door space between lounge and studio.
From one of the first days of construction. Door leading into lounge area. Spaces and studs for window glass.
From one of the first days of construction. From middle of main hall.
From one of the first days of construction. Inside plaster boards comming up. From middle of main hall.
Cutting plasterboard for inside mounting in studio and lounge.
Inside plasterboard and electrical outlets being mounted.
Building in wood has lot's of in's and out's. Still, things seem to be lining up even after a few weeks of being mounted in place.
Taking some control measures to see if the structure has shifted since being put in place.
Measuring and cutting plaster board. Sometimes using a saw for added precision.
One taketh what one haveth. Simple use of a vacuum cleaner in order to see cutting outlines in plaster board.
Additional plaster board being put up. Inner wall between lounge and studio being finished.
View from middle of main hall. Almost all lounge and studio plaster board is up.
View from the east side of main hall. Most of the first layer of internal plaster board is up.
Starting to work on ceiling studs.
Starting to work on ceiling studs. Making sure that things line up properly in order for ceiling plaster board to have proper space to screw into.
Looking into studio and main hall.
Looking into lounge and control room.
Using the spirit-level to make sure that the ceiling studs are properly aligned.
Adding Rockwool for superior sound isolation.
Lots and lots of Rockwool.
In some cases, when adding insulation on your own can be tricky. In order for the sheets to stay in place I temporarily used nails.
Lounge ceiling studs seen from one level up.
The initial view of the studio. This was before I discovered a major calculation error in my CAD drawings which led to me having to tear most of it down. ;)
Ceiling in lounge.
Looking into lounge and studio. From the west side (acute angle).
Looking into lounge and control room. From the west side of the main hall.
Looking into lounge. From the middle of the main hall.
From east part of main hall. Most of the exterior walls have been insulated with Rockwool and now the process of putting up plaster board is about to commence.
From the east side of the main hall. The final pieces of Rockwool are put into place.
Looking into the studio from the lounge.
Looking into the studio from the lounge. Some early stages of plastering can be seen. Electrical outlets have been fitted in the ceiling. Pretty much all of this would later have to be torn down and re-built in order to correct for a design-stage mistake.
Looking into the studio from the lounge. Some early stages of plastering can be seen. Electrical outlets have been fitted in the wall. Pretty much all of this would later have to be torn down and re-built in order to correct for a design-stage mistake.
Inside studio looking out into lounge and main hall.
Looking into lounge.
Mounting ducts and outlets for electrical wiring.
Mounting ducts and outlets for electrical wiring. Early version of fresh air intake in lower left.
Electrical wiring being installed.
Electrical wiring being installed in studio. Remembering to keep main power widely separated from all audio signal pathways.
Using surplus glass fibre and Rockwool to insulate lounge.
Tear-down of old door into control room.
View from west acute angle. After several months work, plastering is almost finished.
View from west angle. After several months work, plastering is almost finished.
View from middle of main hall. After several months work, plastering is almost finished.
View from east acute angle. After several months work, plastering is almost finished.
View from west part of main hall. Exterior plastering finished and first layer of paint on outer walls.
View from middle part of main hall. Exterior plastering finished and first layer of paint on outer walls.
From inside studio. Tear-down of wall between control room and studio room.
From inside control room. Tear-down of wall between control room and studio room.
A later CAD overview of the entire floor plan. To the left is the kitchen area. In the middle there are toilets and a shower area followed by control room, studio, lounge and server room on the right hand side.
Preparing lounge for floor repair concrete using a concentrated primer.
Starting to pour the new lounge floor.
About halfway done with the new concrete floor in the lounge area.
First pour has dried. Some x-tals from the water and mixture have formed during the drying.
First outline and work being done on the floating floor in the studio.
I created distances from cutting up pieces of left over plaster board. These were later used in order to acquire the correct spacing between the outer and inner walls of the studio and control room.
Here the distances are being put to use in order to gauge the lengths of floor studs and their joins.
Final application in the use of plaster board spacers.
Another example of how to use the plaster board spacers.
I used layers of a quite common type of neoprene rubber in order to supply dampened support for the entier studio room construction.
Stage two of the studio floor construction. Studs and stud supports comming into place. These will later be used to partition sand into the floor.
Studio room dampening devices being put together. The height of these are obviously critical and I spent several months researching this whole area of studio construction.
Main frame of the studio floor has been completed.
Starting to work on cable ducts for main power and audio signal. I created two of these throughputs between the studio and the control room apx. 2 meters apart.
Pouring the second half of the new concrete floor in the lounge.
Here you can see my crude sketch of a device which will be used for wall dampening.
I used an aluminium frame as base for my wall dapeners.
Cutting up the aluminium profile to suit my wall-mounting needs.
Creating even more dapening devices for the studio room.
A VERY crude first test to check if the wall-mounts and shock absorbers will work. In the final version the neoprene rubber runs continously through both mounts. Also note that the final version used the ammount of neoprene rubber which were needed for my walls.
Another example of the wall-mount shock absorbers.
A finished single wall-mount profile.
LOTS OF Rockwool ! (omg!)
Lots of sand!
Attempting to take pictures with a lousy camera phone in the midst of sanding down plaster walls.
One of the first images from the tear-down of the studio room interior.
Stage two of building the studio room floor. Protective barrier for the sand. Stapled and fused onto the wooden frame.
More work being done on the studio floor.
Using some cut up plasterboard as a ruler whilst making marks for screws on the studio room floor.
Preparing sections of the studio room floor for cable duct passthrough.
Adding multiple layers of interleaved sheets of Plywood onto both sides of the studio room floor structure.
Floor cut-outs for the cable ducts passthrough which is yet to be installed.
Bottom side of studio room floor complete. About to flip this baby over!
Turning the studio room floor over to work on opposite side.
Improvised load distributor.
About to turn the floor over.
Making the final adjustments and nailing down the neoprene pads before finally putting the floor structure to rest.
Studio room floor almost turned over. This process was, quite obviously, way more complicated than it had to be. This is why professional studio builders have a ratio of 80% planning and 20% building! :)
Whilst turning the studio room floor I got some very welcome assistance from two friends.
The last few centimeters before the studio room floor comes into place.
And now the process of filling the whole studio room floor structure with fine grain sand whilst applying low and high frequency vibrations to the frame.
Fourth stage of the studio room floor construction. Adding multiple interleaved sheets of Plywood on top of the wooden frame and fusing with acoustic sealant.
The final floor-sandwhich.
The theatre of war.
Beginning stage three of the tear-down in order to increase the volume of the studio room and acquire correct dimensions.
Adding additional height to the studio room to increase its volume.
Adding additional height to the studio room to increase its volume. Wooden ceiling fram for studio room can be seen lying on top of the lounge celing.
Looking into the control room.
Looking through lounge and into studio.
Preparations for adding height in studio room.
The final adjustments have been made and the studio room ceiling structure has been put back in its place. Now it's a little over four meters from the floor to the ceiling.
A bird decided to nest atop the studio tower. By the way... flamingos are birds, right?
Another view of the theatre of war (oh and look, there's that flamingo again!)
Adding the final sheets of exterior gypsum sheets.
Cutting up strips of shock absorbing felt to be used in wall-mounting inside the control room.
Starting to work on the inner walls of the control room. Ideally I would have liked to tear down the middle wall but due to building restrcitions it had to stay up. This will effectively reduce the function of having a two-leaf system.
View from control room into studio.
Working on the cable ducts and outlets.
Working on the cable ducts and outlets. The main audio signal will pass through to the studio here.
There's that damn flamingo again!
Hmmm... What's... going on here?
Looking for an appropriate floor model for studio, lounge and control room.
Working on the inner celing for the studio room.
Adding cable ducts for the inner walls of the studio room.
Starting to put up gypsum boards in the studio room.
Starting to put up gypsum boards in the studio room. Mounting cable ducts in the inner wall.
Another view from within the control room looking into the studio.
Looking down into studio room.
Adding cable ducts in the control room.
More and more fibre glass and Rockwool insulation. Here's also the fireproofed cloth I used for all inside walls.
I bought cheap light-weight doors and then customized them. I added more mass using an external wooden frame which I screwed and glued onto the original door. This frame also served as a suitable place to add insulation to the door.
Some lulz-based drawing. Not sure what I was thinking about here. Possibly how to mount window sheets in my custom made doors.
Custom made silencer and air ventilation unit. Created using two wooden boxes, some shock absorbing felt, a fan from Clas Ohlson and black felt from IKEA. Awwww YEAH!
Cutting up some rigid fiberglass board to be used in the final stages of building the view port between the control room and the studio.
Building the view port between the control room and the studio. Created at a discrete 13~ deg. angle
Building the view port between the control room and the studio. Created at a discrete 13~ deg. angle. Note that even though the insulation has been exposed here, it is not tightly packed.
Building the view port between the control room and the studio. All of the rigid fiberglass pieces have been but into place. The next stage can now commence!
Covering the entire structure in fire proofed black cloth to make it easy on the eyes and non-reflective.
Custom created socket panels in aluminium. Here one of them can be seen after being sand blasted.
The final product. Custom created socket panels in aluminium. There is also space left in the middle in order to add an additional two connectors later on.
One of the first try-outs to see if everything would fit together... Which it did!
Loooooooooooooooooots of slats to put lacquer on! Oh my... this took QUITE a lot of time.
More slats to lacquer!
More slats to lacquer! This is after two applications.
Starting the second stage of building the control device (a.k.a. cloud) for the studio room.
Just starting stage four of creating the "cloud" for the studio room.
Just starting stage four of creating the "cloud" for the studio room. Here you can see low-effect spot lights being put in. Making sure to isolate the spot light frame from the wooden frame using aluminium thin foil.
In an unrelated side project I decided to help film photographer Charles Patrick with creating a stop-motion rig used to shoot a sequence in a music video for the band Charaz. Here's the foot part.
Foot part of the stop-motion rig being made to fit nicely into a base made out of a mounting device for air ducts.
Drawing the outline for the main stop-motion plate.
And here, the final product. A rig to place items on and then be able to turn them around a common vector.
The underside. The final product. A rig to place items on and then be able to turn them around a common vector.
Here I have just started working on the seventh stage of the control room. Adding internal walls to the inner room structure. Also, the mounting devices for speakers can be seen to the left. In the studio room you can see the slats comming into place.
View from control room into studio where most of the slats have come into place.
Working on the front wall of the control room.
Creating soffit boxes used to flush mount my Alesis Monitor Two's.
Some rough sketches of the soffit boxes.
Some rough sketches of the soffit boxes. And it would seem that I had to practice the law of sines in the upper left hand side of the image.
First attempt to fit the soffit box into the wall mount. And it works!
Continuing to work on the front wall in the control room.
Continuing to work on the front wall in the control room. Had to make sure all the measurements were going to line up properly.
Now THIS... is really a feast for the eyes. :) Both sides of the speaker mounting devices are perfectly aligned in the horizontal plane. When working with wood... perfect alignment is not always a guarantee (espec. if you, like me, are a complete noob in woodworking).
Wider view of the spirit level between left and right front side in control room.
More work being done on the soffit boxes.
The build has entered it's final stages and here is a photo where you can see that the lights in the lounge have been mounted and turned on.
Testing out the center alignment of left and right soffit box placement.
Testing out the center alignment of left and right soffit box placement. Making sure that the alignment is nothing but perfect going from the mounting device to the soffit box.
Image showing the two soffit boxes in their final stage. Here you can see the rear vent which is required by the Alesis Monitor Two's.
Front wall filled, first with Rockwool then with some remaining sheets of glass fiber. First sheet of Plywood is about to be screwed on.
Two sheets of Plywood has been screwed on to the front wall in the control room.
The final stages (14 through 17) of the control room have been started. Here you can see the application of Rockwool inside the soffit mounts and their respective fronts.
Top and bottom halves of the soffit mounts have been put into place. Both on the left and right hand sides in the control room.
Bottom part of the soffit mount on the left hand side. Sealed with acoustic sealant.
Yet again... more slats to be lacqured. This time it's for the control room! :)
Yet again... more slats to be lacqured. Thi is the second application... and things are starting to look good!
More work being done on my custom made doors. Here is a picture where you can see the added mass on the inside of the control room door.
More work being done on my custom made doors. Here is a picture where you can see the added mass on the inside of the control room door. Closeup.
Things are starting to look up! The speakers have been mounted into their final positions and the slats are comming into place! Also, the roof in the control room has been painted in black two times.
The flush mount worked out very well! Here is an image where you can see some of the final measurements being made to ensure that the speakers and front panel wall surfaces are parallel in relation.
Comming into stage 21 the floor has been laid, slats and speakers are in place, left and right sub-vents have had Rockwool and fire proof cloth applied to them and even the electricity has now been installed.
Final image of the control room ceiling reflection device (a.k.a. cloud). Obviously I had to have blue cloth for this.
Oh my... three years worth of work has finally come to an end. I had to bring in some gear to try out my new room with... and let me tell you. It sounds great! :D
Here's a shot from the recording of the radio theatre "Måla av dig"
Messing around in Logic... trying to arrange my own version of the classic Final Fantasy song "Grand Duchy of Jeuno". Good times! <3
Yet another image from the recording of "Måla av dig"
Some rehersals and warm-ups in the lounge sofa.
Yet another image from the recording of "Måla av dig". Here the actors and director are doing some rehersals in the lunch room.
The mandatory listening and visitor couch in the back of the control room.
Looking into the control room from the studio.
The front of the control room.
Photo of the horizontal slats in the studio. Looking into the control room.
After a long creative session the super-comfy studio sofa comes to the rescue.