So the acoustic treatment is up and carpet is bought. I also bought some little picture frames for album and EP covers to go up - there are a lot of studio hours on that there wall! Once the underlay arrives it should be a fairly painless task (famous last words) to fit the carpet.
It seems like a faff, but after four years of not personalising my studio space, it's reaffirming to do it. I think it's important in a creative area like this to have things around you that will encourage creativity. And once the work on the TV series I'm currently composing for is done, that will be up there too! Well, maybe on another wall (I do have others).
So for those of you who don't know, me and the good lady wife have upped and moved from Kingston to Shepperton after buying our house. That means a new studio space that I can actually treat, which is a novelty after living in a rented property for four years.
It's now painted ('cosy grey', goes nicely with the sofa), and the acoustic treatment has arrived. It's a small room so soundproofing is impossible, but I'm hoping the acoustic treatment will stop the sound travelling too far. All I need now is the velcro tape to put it up, and to sort out fitting a carpet.
I tend not to worry too much about the minutiae of acoustics science. As long as I have a room that is fairly sensibly set up, I won't obsess about how the sound is coming out of the speakers (I will know very quickly if it sounds wrong). Sure, if I had the cash, I'd build a sound-proof brick studio at the end of the garden, but for now that's not possible. Instead, I'll let common sense prevail and restrict speaker use to the day time to avoid complaints! And right now it's all about the music, so I can't wait to get stuck into another episode of the TV project I'm working on next week.
Have yourselves a very Happy Friday.
Posts by Gareth Davies.