So we’ve been talking about getting back together for a studio session or two. It’s been several years but I think each of us is getting that itch the comes from being stagnant for too long. It wasn’t much of an issue years ago when we are just starting out. We were young and didn’t have a clue how to go about getting a studio together, so we ended up just renting one out. This time around we wanted to get a little more professional. It turns out that we don’t need to rent a studio anymore, but what we do need to do is get our own. This entails a proper amount of work…
We have a bit of money and some connections in the construction business so it wasn’t a big deal to get started, however the process quickly became a bit of a nightmare. We were renovating a basement apartment to use as a studio, thought it would be easy right? Well, not so much. Here are a few of the steps we needed to take before we could get ourselves situated in our new studio.
Sounds like a death metal song, but it’s cold hard facts. In fact, the demolition was rather extensive. We ended up have to get a rented dumpster to handle all the crap. And it was a LOT of crap, we had a whole 30-yard dumpster full of the stuff! Yeesh! I don’t really recall exactly how a small basement apartment could fill up an entire industrial size dumpster, but it did. All I remember was a mess of drywall, plywood, dust, paint chips. Uggh, it was a mess.
No, not the period after the civil war, but actual construction of the studio. Having sort of, kind of, done this before I didn’t think it would be quite the undertaking it was. But let’s go through it:
- We had to get new lumber, drywall and paint.
- We had to cut the drywall to size.
- We had to paint it (a hassle especially in a small room with little ventilation.
- We had to buy sound proofing material and plaster it up.
- Measure out the areas for the band, the equipment, the electronics.
- Run lots and lots of wires.
- Glass screen to separate the engineer from the recording.
- And lots, lots more.
The list goes on, this was certainly not comprehensive. Not to mention we had to do it balancing the scheduled a 3 newly re-united band members each with jobs and families of their own.
The Brass Tacks
When it comes down to it, I will say this. If you really, really, really have to build your own studio, I would recommend outsourcing as much of the work as possible. It’s such a pain in the ass that I wished we would have just paid for it. However after we had already acquired all the materials, we couldn’t really turn back. The dumpster rental alone cost us like 600 bucks, and we still had to do all the work to fill it! (At least they took it away and took it to the dump though, so there is that).
Anyway I hope you enjoyed my little foray into the construction/demolition industry. Until next time!