So I never do anything half-assed. I wanted to make a somewhat acceptable
recording studio so I could do podcasts. I was a bit pissed at the mixing
ability I had available through just my computer and a cheap microphone. This
sketchy way of recording left me with a sense that I wasn't doing my best, and I
know if I had the right equipment I could do better. So I stopped recording
podcasts and stopped posting the shitty recordings (although quite a few
un-posted ones were
great) until I had a better recording studio in place. So for the last day or so
I set out to create a room where I could just do audio. I wanted the
ability to mix in audio and music, have multiple microphones and the ability to
blend the audio as I was producing it. So I needed a few mixers and some decent
microphones. I have to admit that I went cheap on the equipment and bought stuff
at Radio Shack, but I wasn't going for a full recording studio, just something
that worked the way I wanted it to work.
What I ended up doing was cleaning out a room that I was just using for
storage to a comfortable area to use just for recording. I picked up a few
omni-directional and uni-directional microphones, a few mixing boards, and lots
of patch cords and adaptors to be able to mix in the audio from a few computers.
I threw in a couch and a beer fridge to make it somewhat comfortable and I
think I have all my issues worked out (well, the recording issues at least).
Here's a few pictures of the new "codewolf radio" studio:
Here's the main desk I'll be sitting at
This is a view of the couch and the beer
Another view of the couch and the window
looking out to the back yard.
The view from the driveway window.
Here's the main mixer. I use this to mix down
the various inputs from the microphones and music.
Another view of the mixers. The small one is
used to level the input microphones.
Here's a shot of my Cisco managed switch that
runs the house. It feeds everything.
Here's the audio mixing station.
A shot from the back of the room showing the
I use that big white cabinet to store computer
The desk I'll be using to record. The
omni-directional mikes will pick up anything in the room, so you can sit on
the couch and record
Here's a mess of wires behind the computer that
runs the recording studio.
The five computers near the window are not in
use, they are just a table right now till I find a way to trash them.
Another shot of the studio from the entrance.
And another shot.
Here's a shot of the view into the back yard.
You can see the freeride park in there.
bofh Wrote the following on 05/07/2005 8:38 PM : That resin table will need some noise damping material. Maybe the 5 ft folding table would be a better choice (w/ add'l noice damping). Also some heavy fabric hanging from the wall (but not in contact with it) in front of you would help damp out reflected sound.
bofh Wrote the following on 05/07/2005 8:41 PM : Is that Dog(tm)'s couch? He's not happy about that. . .
bofh Wrote the following on 05/07/2005 8:42 PM : Need an insulated box to put around the Cisco (too much fan noise).
codewolf Wrote the following on 05/08/2005 00:07 AM : Yeah, it's Dog(tm)'s couch and I'm using your Monsoon speakers, I hope you don't mind.
codewolf Wrote the following on 05/08/2005 00:09 AM : And... yeah, you're right about the noise, I'm getting a bit of feedback from the devices in this room, I'll have to work that out.
samlam Wrote the following on 05/08/2005 00:39 AM : can I ride in your backyard?
Where are you folks living?!!??
I wanna set up a tent!
codewolf Wrote the following on 05/08/2005 01:22 AM : ha ha - sure you can ride in my backyard, it's open to the public as long as you sign a long ass waiver signing your life away... My lawyer told me not to let anyone ride on my grounds, but he did give me waiver for those that want to...
so sign it and have fun.
Nony Wrote the following on 05/08/2005 01:32 AM : You really did a job on that room! Where do you find the time? Do you ever sleep?
codewolf Wrote the following on 05/08/2005 02:24 AM : heh, yeah I do sleep.
Stew Wrote the following on 05/08/2005 11:50 AM : Good job CW!