The boys are back in town…


l-1600-1200-a73f9a39-36cf-456f-ab1c-a05808a6db3d.jpegThe studio build has started again after a 2-week break. Jeff and Artis are back, and despite a 3am arrival last night they were up and working by 10am.

Now that the main structure is built on three sides, they’re starting work on some of the baffles and air ducts. The ducts run behind the baffles, combining air handling and acoustic room design in the same construction. Rockwool is an excellent acoustic isolator, but it is also nastily full of inhalable particles, so all the ducts have to be lined. To achieve this they use a one-way permeable fabric more often used by gardeners – the same stuff that goes under gravel driveways.

Here’s a photo walkthrough of Artis lining the interior of the duct/baffle in the live room.

The lining is stapled onto the frame

The lining is stapled onto the frame

Lining of the baffle/air duct is nearly finished

The lining covers all three sides of the right-angled triangle that forms the duct interior, protecting the live room musicians from from nasty airborne rockwool particles.

Another layer of thin rockwool is added, providing more acoustic isolation from any sound that may have penetrated the air ducting.

Another layer of thin rockwool is added, providing more acoustic isolation from any sound that may have penetrated the air ducting.

Now, a layer of plasterboard in front of the rockwool. There's be some more SterlingOSB added onto this, so we can screw in the timbers for the final rockwool/hessian layer.

Now, a layer of plasterboard in front of the rockwool. There's going to be more SterlingOSB added onto this, so we can screw in the timbers for the final rockwool/hessian layer.

Now, the big question. What colour should the interior of the studio be? I have a choice of 4 colours (from the stuff Jeff has in stock – we’re doing this on a budget so I’m not ordering custom colours from suppliers), and from this selection we need to choose walls (one colour) and ceiling (a different colour). A poll will follow, so you’ll get to choose what colour faces me throughout the studio day for years to come.

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