#37

Things moved slowly over the past few weeks, a few small items were completed but things should start to change more rapidly starting today.

The polished concrete floors were covered to protect them through the remainder of the build and the rubber base was put in.

The polished concrete floors were covered to protect them through the remainder of the build and the rubber base was put in.

Our    Durham Manufacturing    microphone storage cabinet arrived and lucky for us our neighbors at Jones Paint & Glass were willing to help us out with their forklift.

Our Durham Manufacturing microphone storage cabinet arrived and lucky for us our neighbors at Jones Paint & Glass were willing to help us out with their forklift.

Tile work in the new bathroom is finished now.

Tile work in the new bathroom is finished now.

I was up in the space above the studio 2 iso booth and thought it was really interesting to see the studio 2 ceiling hung on the spring isolators from this side.

I was up in the space above the studio 2 iso booth and thought it was really interesting to see the studio 2 ceiling hung on the spring isolators from this side.

Saturday night two of these trucks arrived all the way from Durham, North Carolina driven by some of the guys from Brett Acoustics.

Saturday night two of these trucks arrived all the way from Durham, North Carolina driven by some of the guys from Brett Acoustics.

7 of us spent about 4 1/2 hours unloading one of the trucks. There are few thing as nerve-racking as unloading a bunch of finely crafted finished wood work and fragile fabric covered insulation panels. Here we are unloading one of the 6 beautiful gobos Tony Brett and his crew built for us.

7 of us spent about 4 1/2 hours unloading one of the trucks. There are few thing as nerve-racking as unloading a bunch of finely crafted finished wood work and fragile fabric covered insulation panels. Here we are unloading one of the 6 beautiful gobos Tony Brett and his crew built for us.

Stacks of diffusion panels.

Stacks of diffusion panels.

The instrument room that seemed so spacious quickly filled up with the wall panels for studio 2 and stacks of 705.

The instrument room that seemed so spacious quickly filled up with the wall panels for studio 2 and stacks of 705.

I did manage to get another row of guitar hangers up in the storage room, one more row to go.

I did manage to get another row of guitar hangers up in the storage room, one more row to go.

It is pretty exciting after so long to help unload crate after crate of cloud panels and acoustic materials all meticulously crafted.

It is pretty exciting after so long to help unload crate after crate of cloud panels and acoustic materials all meticulously crafted.

Diamond shaped cloud panel for studio 2.

Diamond shaped cloud panel for studio 2.

One of many hex shaped clouds for studio 1.

One of many hex shaped clouds for studio 1.

The other truck is still loaded completely full. One particularly exciting crate has one of my    favorite logos painted on top   .

The other truck is still loaded completely full. One particularly exciting crate has one of my favorite logos painted on top.

#36

Some progress was made this week, but we are essentially in a holding pattern as we wait for the crew from Brett Acoustics to arrive.

Tony Brett sent some photos over of some of the things he’s working on. This is the producers desk that will be in the center of our Daking console.

Tony Brett sent some photos over of some of the things he’s working on. This is the producers desk that will be in the center of our Daking console.

Producers desk for the API 2448.

Producers desk for the API 2448.

The concrete floors in the common areas of the studio were polished this week.

The concrete floors in the common areas of the studio were polished this week.

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The lobby with finished floors.

The lobby with finished floors.

My friend Nick, who can basically build anything, came by to install some custom drum racks he designed and built.

My friend Nick, who can basically build anything, came by to install some custom drum racks he designed and built.

The steel support bars were wrapped in neoprene to protect the drums.

The steel support bars were wrapped in neoprene to protect the drums.

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We brought a floor tom and a snare in to try out the racks. It’s looking like Nick will build a 3rd unit for smaller toms, so that should be installed in a couple weeks.

We brought a floor tom and a snare in to try out the racks. It’s looking like Nick will build a 3rd unit for smaller toms, so that should be installed in a couple weeks.

#35

I skipped an update last week as the progress didn’t make for terribly interesting photos.

Painting is pretty well finished now, as is the electrical, at least what can be done before Brett Acoustics arrives and can lights need to be installed in the clouds. HVAC is ready for the compressors to be placed out back. Tomorrow the concrete floors in the lobby, hallway and instrument room will be polished. We expected the asphalt out back to be completed last week but a miscommunication between the excavator and the asphalt company has set them back a week. We were also hoping that Brett Acoustics would be out this week but it sounds like it will be next week before we see them.

So here is what has been done over the past two weeks.

The glass for all of the Overly sound doors arrived. We had a few pieces break in transit, but most made it in tact and are now installed. Each door gets one of the 3/4” laminated panes as well as one of the 1/4 laminated panes.

The glass for all of the Overly sound doors arrived. We had a few pieces break in transit, but most made it in tact and are now installed. Each door gets one of the 3/4” laminated panes as well as one of the 1/4 laminated panes.

The glass for the iso booth doors in studio 1.

The glass for the iso booth doors in studio 1.

Installing the seals and the bolts to hold the “inactive” door closed.

Installing the seals and the bolts to hold the “inactive” door closed.

The windows are sealed on both sides with neoprene strips.

The windows are sealed on both sides with neoprene strips.

Looking into studio 2, the baseboards have been installed as well as the glass in the doors. I can’t remember if I covered this here before but we were expecting these iso booth doors to have full glass instead of half glass, but a miscommunication somewhere in the process had them labeled as half on the plans. We asked about exchanging them for full glass but the company makes every door custom and will not exchange so we decided to save the $4k and stick with half glass.

Looking into studio 2, the baseboards have been installed as well as the glass in the doors. I can’t remember if I covered this here before but we were expecting these iso booth doors to have full glass instead of half glass, but a miscommunication somewhere in the process had them labeled as half on the plans. We asked about exchanging them for full glass but the company makes every door custom and will not exchange so we decided to save the $4k and stick with half glass.

Looking from the hallway through the sound lock into control room 2.

Looking from the hallway through the sound lock into control room 2.

Studio 1 with baseboards and glass installed in the iso booth doors.

Studio 1 with baseboards and glass installed in the iso booth doors.

Looking toward control room 1 from the iso booths.

Looking toward control room 1 from the iso booths.

Behind the studio the excavators began preparing the alley for asphalt.

Behind the studio the excavators began preparing the alley for asphalt.

Getting the west side of the building prepped.

Getting the west side of the building prepped.

We’ve been working with our neighbors to join together and pave most of the back alley which has been in great disrepair for years.

We’ve been working with our neighbors to join together and pave most of the back alley which has been in great disrepair for years.

Installing exterior lights along the west wall of the building.

Installing exterior lights along the west wall of the building.

The hallway was sanded again and painted again. To be honest I never had that much a problem with it as it was, but it does seem much smoother now.

The hallway was sanded again and painted again. To be honest I never had that much a problem with it as it was, but it does seem much smoother now.

Here is the hallway looking south from the house, toward the studios with the track lighting and pendant lights installed. Still hoping to have murals done in this hallway but having a hard time knowing what to do and how to pay for it!

Here is the hallway looking south from the house, toward the studios with the track lighting and pendant lights installed. Still hoping to have murals done in this hallway but having a hard time knowing what to do and how to pay for it!

The lobby with track lighting installed.

The lobby with track lighting installed.

Looking the other direction in the lobby.

Looking the other direction in the lobby.

Finishing up the lighting in the instrument storage room. As soon as our concrete floors are finished this week we can start moving things in and figuring out how to store all of our instruments and amps.

Finishing up the lighting in the instrument storage room. As soon as our concrete floors are finished this week we can start moving things in and figuring out how to store all of our instruments and amps.

Looking toward the hallway from upstairs in the instrument room.

Looking toward the hallway from upstairs in the instrument room.

#34

Things are still moving forward, we anticipate Tony Brett and his crew will be back in a few weeks, followed by Thom Canova, so our contractor is working on making sure everything is prepared for them.

This week brought with it the culmination of a dream I’ve had since I first owned this house 20 years ago, rain gutters.

This week brought with it the culmination of a dream I’ve had since I first owned this house 20 years ago, rain gutters.

Isolated ground outlets going into tracking room 1. You can also see the audio lines coming out of the wall waiting for the mic/tie line box to be built.

Isolated ground outlets going into tracking room 1. You can also see the audio lines coming out of the wall waiting for the mic/tie line box to be built.

Track lighting going in the lobby.

Track lighting going in the lobby.

The electricians sorting through a delivery of lighting fixtures in tracking room 1.  The floors have been covered to protect them through the completion of the build.

The electricians sorting through a delivery of lighting fixtures in tracking room 1. The floors have been covered to protect them through the completion of the build.

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Track lighting hanging in tracking room 1.

Track lighting hanging in tracking room 1.

It feels official having our own exit sign at the end of the hallway.

It feels official having our own exit sign at the end of the hallway.

The painters prepping the metal in the instrument room for paint.

The painters prepping the metal in the instrument room for paint.

After two coats of paint the metal is ready to be covered up so the walls and ceiling can be painted.

After two coats of paint the metal is ready to be covered up so the walls and ceiling can be painted.

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We had an unusual session this week which required more lounge space than is available in the house, so we did some serious cleaning in the new lobby and brought in some old furniture.

We had an unusual session this week which required more lounge space than is available in the house, so we did some serious cleaning in the new lobby and brought in some old furniture.

This is most of the crew from the session - not the studio crew but the podcast crew as well as comedian Louie Anderson who was flown in for the recording.

This is most of the crew from the session - not the studio crew but the podcast crew as well as comedian Louie Anderson who was flown in for the recording.

The floors in studio 2 are finished now.

The floors in studio 2 are finished now.

Covering the floors in control room 1, the parts for the Overly doors are painted and standing against the wall, the off-white ones for studio 1, the grey for studio 2.

Covering the floors in control room 1, the parts for the Overly doors are painted and standing against the wall, the off-white ones for studio 1, the grey for studio 2.

Work on the hallway continues. A crew came and skimmed the entire wall with mud.

Work on the hallway continues. A crew came and skimmed the entire wall with mud.

After the first coat was sanded a second coat was applied and sanded. Hopefully this will be the last drywall work.

After the first coat was sanded a second coat was applied and sanded. Hopefully this will be the last drywall work.

The security company began to install the exterior cameras.

The security company began to install the exterior cameras.

#33

It might be a mistake to update this tonight, to be honest the past few days, especially this weekend, have been tough with new problems popping up as well as a pretty big speed bump coming from the bank. Nothing to do but keep moving forward, but the magnitude of the business change we are heading into, as well as just how long it’s taking is wearing. I wish I was independently wealthy and the build was something we could fund ourselves and not have to worry over quite so much, but the truth is we got a loan, a big loan, and we still are having to come up with a bunch of money to finish this outside of the loan. When the asphalt out back is going to cost $3000 more than expected, or we need to buy another $800 patchbay, coming up with that money is getting really difficult.

Ok, enough complaining, things are moving forward and surely someday this will be finished, right?

Painting continues with the (now interior) exterior walls of the house. The dark color in this photo, which is a Benjamin Moore color called French Beret, is supposed to be the same as what is on the entire exterior of the house, at least that is the color it was supposed to have been painted when we did that two years ago. You can see the color as it is on the outside in the photo below.

Painting continues with the (now interior) exterior walls of the house. The dark color in this photo, which is a Benjamin Moore color called French Beret, is supposed to be the same as what is on the entire exterior of the house, at least that is the color it was supposed to have been painted when we did that two years ago. You can see the color as it is on the outside in the photo below.

I don’t know if the paint has just faded over the years or if the wrong paint was used originally but regardless the colors don’t even come close to matching and now I’m a bit stumped as to what to do. I used that same color through the building for all the metal beams, doors and mezzanine in the instrument room so it can’t really be changed, but I don’t love the way it looks and I really don’t want to introduce yet another color to the lobby area. I know it must sound trivial but it’s important to me and I really want to get all the colors right.

I don’t know if the paint has just faded over the years or if the wrong paint was used originally but regardless the colors don’t even come close to matching and now I’m a bit stumped as to what to do. I used that same color through the building for all the metal beams, doors and mezzanine in the instrument room so it can’t really be changed, but I don’t love the way it looks and I really don’t want to introduce yet another color to the lobby area. I know it must sound trivial but it’s important to me and I really want to get all the colors right.

It turns out that we didn’t really end up with the greatest drywall crew when the hallway down the middle of the building was done. The painters did what they could by painting 5-6 coats and trying to even things out, but our contractor is still very dissatisfied with the way its turned out and at this point there is a plan to have the drywall contractor come back, re-skim the entire hallway, sand it all and then paint it again. Honestly Im not sure I really care, but of course if it could be better and doesn’t cost more I suppose we should do it, but I’M REALLY SICK OF DRYWALL DUST!

It turns out that we didn’t really end up with the greatest drywall crew when the hallway down the middle of the building was done. The painters did what they could by painting 5-6 coats and trying to even things out, but our contractor is still very dissatisfied with the way its turned out and at this point there is a plan to have the drywall contractor come back, re-skim the entire hallway, sand it all and then paint it again. Honestly Im not sure I really care, but of course if it could be better and doesn’t cost more I suppose we should do it, but I’M REALLY SICK OF DRYWALL DUST!

The most exciting thing this week was definitely the arrival and installation of the hickory flooring in studio 1. This photo is looking out of one of the iso booths in studio 1 toward the control room.

The most exciting thing this week was definitely the arrival and installation of the hickory flooring in studio 1. This photo is looking out of one of the iso booths in studio 1 toward the control room.

Studio 1 toward the iso booths.

Studio 1 toward the iso booths.

Control room 1

Control room 1

Control room 1

Control room 1

Tracking room 2 painting is finished with the exception of the iso booth. The flooring has just been started here but will most likely be finished in a few days.

Tracking room 2 painting is finished with the exception of the iso booth. The flooring has just been started here but will most likely be finished in a few days.

Wish me luck, I feel Im going to need it for the last few months of this project.

#32

The past few weeks have been mostly filled with painting, which seems a bit boring to post about, but things are progressing and we should be ready mid-June for Brett Acoustics to arrive for the installation of the finish acoustic materials, followed by Thom Canova to wire up the place and get things turned on.

We had a visitor arrive this week, we named him Rabbit Redford. We also named him Rabbit DeNiro and Rabbit California, we had a hard time finding consensus. I have no idea where he came from or where he has gone to since. Regardless, I posted this photo on instagram with the sarcastic caption “Upgrade for the new studio” which actually prompted a visit from some local Peta chapter who came to let us know that we shouldn’t have a rabbit as a mascot for a downtown business. This actually happened.

We had a visitor arrive this week, we named him Rabbit Redford. We also named him Rabbit DeNiro and Rabbit California, we had a hard time finding consensus. I have no idea where he came from or where he has gone to since. Regardless, I posted this photo on instagram with the sarcastic caption “Upgrade for the new studio” which actually prompted a visit from some local Peta chapter who came to let us know that we shouldn’t have a rabbit as a mascot for a downtown business. This actually happened.

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Sealing the concrete block for moisture.

Sealing the concrete block for moisture.

The metal work on the three outer door canopies was completed.

The metal work on the three outer door canopies was completed.

In order to keep the building level, and due to the slope of the lot, the rear of the building is a few feet high. Things will rise a bit with the new asphalt, but we still need a ramp for loading gear in the back. We thought about the longest piece of gear that may need to be loaded in on a semi-regular basis and came up with an 8x10 bass cabinet. We measured how long a person pulling a cabinet like that is, from feet to the rear of the cabinet, and tried to make a landing and slope that would make that kind of load in as easy as possible.

In order to keep the building level, and due to the slope of the lot, the rear of the building is a few feet high. Things will rise a bit with the new asphalt, but we still need a ramp for loading gear in the back. We thought about the longest piece of gear that may need to be loaded in on a semi-regular basis and came up with an 8x10 bass cabinet. We measured how long a person pulling a cabinet like that is, from feet to the rear of the cabinet, and tried to make a landing and slope that would make that kind of load in as easy as possible.

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Painting has been the bulk of the work done over the past weeks. This is the sound lock between the hallway and studio 1.

Painting has been the bulk of the work done over the past weeks. This is the sound lock between the hallway and studio 1.

The door from control room 2 into machine room 2.

The door from control room 2 into machine room 2.

Painting the iso booth doors in tracking room 1.

Painting the iso booth doors in tracking room 1.

Doors are taped up and now painting the walls and ceiling begins.

Doors are taped up and now painting the walls and ceiling begins.

Out in the lobby the metal work has been painted. Believe it or not the beams were painted with the same color as the dark stripe on the house. We are still trying to figure this one out, but we think it comes down to the different materials the paint is on, as well as the weathering that this side of the house has endured over the past few years. In any case the house will be re-painted, so fingers-crossed everything should match in the end.

Out in the lobby the metal work has been painted. Believe it or not the beams were painted with the same color as the dark stripe on the house. We are still trying to figure this one out, but we think it comes down to the different materials the paint is on, as well as the weathering that this side of the house has endured over the past few years. In any case the house will be re-painted, so fingers-crossed everything should match in the end.

The lobby looking back toward the bathrooms and the studios.

The lobby looking back toward the bathrooms and the studios.

Control room 1 painted - the only drywall surface that will show in here is the ceiling, so although it doesn’t look it, this room is nearly complete and ready for Tony Brett and his crew. The front wall will get a wood veneer and nearly everything else will be covered with fabric.

Control room 1 painted - the only drywall surface that will show in here is the ceiling, so although it doesn’t look it, this room is nearly complete and ready for Tony Brett and his crew. The front wall will get a wood veneer and nearly everything else will be covered with fabric.

Control room 1 from the other side.

Control room 1 from the other side.

Control room 1 from where the couch will sit.

Control room 1 from where the couch will sit.

Tracking room 1 with paint complete.

Tracking room 1 with paint complete.

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Looking out of one of the iso booths in tracking room 1.

Looking out of one of the iso booths in tracking room 1.

Looking back toward the control room from tracking room 1.

Looking back toward the control room from tracking room 1.

Tracking room 1 will be much darker in color. Here the ceiling and above-soffit wall are painted, the walls below the soffit will be painted tomorrow.

Tracking room 1 will be much darker in color. Here the ceiling and above-soffit wall are painted, the walls below the soffit will be painted tomorrow.

#31

One week has made a big difference around here. It’s really exciting to see the changes that happened this week and things really seem to be headed downhill toward the finish line now.

Tony Brett from Brett Acoustics arrived on Monday for his second trip to see how things are progressing and direct the construction of the studio soffits. We were happy to hear that the work so far met with Tony’s approval and we were good to move forward.

Tony will be back once more before things are finally finished, next time with a crew and all of our acoustic treatments and furniture.

Tuesday morning began with setting the laser to find the center line of studio 2 and start pulling measurements for the control room soffit.

Tuesday morning began with setting the laser to find the center line of studio 2 and start pulling measurements for the control room soffit.

Tony, on the right, has worked to implement Wes Lachot’s designs many times and it shows. He is a master of angles and the math behind the measurements and is able to explain things and get the crew on the same page quickly.

Tony, on the right, has worked to implement Wes Lachot’s designs many times and it shows. He is a master of angles and the math behind the measurements and is able to explain things and get the crew on the same page quickly.

Top plate and wall ledger set in control room 2.

Top plate and wall ledger set in control room 2.

Wall ledger set in tracking room 1, the soffits here are much smaller than those in the control rooms and largely aesthetic.

Wall ledger set in tracking room 1, the soffits here are much smaller than those in the control rooms and largely aesthetic.

Tuesday morning also brought the crew from Clegg Steel to finish the trim around the opening between the house and the new space.

Tuesday morning also brought the crew from Clegg Steel to finish the trim around the opening between the house and the new space.

The verticals going up in control room 2.

The verticals going up in control room 2.

The soffit in control room 1 is huge and serves as a large bass trap while also hiding the hvac ducts.

The soffit in control room 1 is huge and serves as a large bass trap while also hiding the hvac ducts.

Looking at the booths in tracking room 1. The simple soffits do so much to break up the boxy nature of the room and add architectural interest.

Looking at the booths in tracking room 1. The simple soffits do so much to break up the boxy nature of the room and add architectural interest.

There were many fits and starts associated with getting the upper hvac soffits finished up. There is so much building going on in this area that most of the sheetrock crews that showed up would promptly leave in favor of simpler jobs. The soffits are finished now, and with the exception of some simple touch ups throughout the facility, the drywall is finished.

There were many fits and starts associated with getting the upper hvac soffits finished up. There is so much building going on in this area that most of the sheetrock crews that showed up would promptly leave in favor of simpler jobs. The soffits are finished now, and with the exception of some simple touch ups throughout the facility, the drywall is finished.

Soffit in control room 2 finished up.

Soffit in control room 2 finished up.

The soffit in tracking room 2 wraps the entire room.

The soffit in tracking room 2 wraps the entire room.

On Thursday the    Overly acoustic doors    arrived. The doors are so heavy that the installers - three big guys, have a hard time lifting them and getting them on the hinges. The solid slabs are 51db doors and the doors with windows are 47db.

On Thursday the Overly acoustic doors arrived. The doors are so heavy that the installers - three big guys, have a hard time lifting them and getting them on the hinges. The solid slabs are 51db doors and the doors with windows are 47db.

Doors hung for the booths in tracking room 1.

Doors hung for the booths in tracking room 1.

Control room 1 with finished soffit and doors hung. At this point doors are hung through studio 1.  Studio 2 doors will be hung tomorrow.

Control room 1 with finished soffit and doors hung. At this point doors are hung through studio 1. Studio 2 doors will be hung tomorrow.

The fire pit area has been a great place for gathering and talking.  Here Tony, Nick (contractor) and Jared (superintendent) plan the next few weeks and what needs to be completed before Tony’s final trip.

The fire pit area has been a great place for gathering and talking. Here Tony, Nick (contractor) and Jared (superintendent) plan the next few weeks and what needs to be completed before Tony’s final trip.

Tony and I took a trip down to our storage unit to have a close look at the Daking console that will be in control room 2.  Brett Acoustics will be building a custom desk to surround the Daking and give it a more finished look, as well as a producers desk area in the center for a computer monitor and keyboard.  After looking things over for a bit we decided that breaking the console down and shipping it to their shop in North Carolina would be better than having them try to get things right from afar based on measurements.

Tony and I took a trip down to our storage unit to have a close look at the Daking console that will be in control room 2. Brett Acoustics will be building a custom desk to surround the Daking and give it a more finished look, as well as a producers desk area in the center for a computer monitor and keyboard. After looking things over for a bit we decided that breaking the console down and shipping it to their shop in North Carolina would be better than having them try to get things right from afar based on measurements.

Friday and Saturday we took the console apart, it’s a very simple console but it still took a while to get done.

Friday and Saturday we took the console apart, it’s a very simple console but it still took a while to get done.

By the time things were finished the whole thing will fit in a few boxes and a few long shipping tubes. Next time we see it I’m sure this console is going to look really amazing.

By the time things were finished the whole thing will fit in a few boxes and a few long shipping tubes. Next time we see it I’m sure this console is going to look really amazing.

#30

I skipped a week of updating because honestly, how many photos of drywall do you want to see? Well drywall time is pretty much over and we are on to more interesting things.

An unusual package arrived on a freight truck one afternoon, turns out it was our trellises from Terra Trellis.

An unusual package arrived on a freight truck one afternoon, turns out it was our trellises from Terra Trellis.

These things were so well packed it took us ages to get them unwrapped.

These things were so well packed it took us ages to get them unwrapped.

The trellises mark the way to the new studio entrance, now we just need to get some vines growing on them.

The trellises mark the way to the new studio entrance, now we just need to get some vines growing on them.

We got the fire pit up and running along with the lights on the house.

We got the fire pit up and running along with the lights on the house.

The trellises, the bike rack and the landscape lighting really came together to make the yard look great. It might not make a lot of sense to some to do this much outside of the studios, after all it could be hard to draw a line between landscaping and great recordings, but the truth is that I want people to expect something extra from our studios as well as know that they are entering a place that really cares about every detail. I also think/hope that clients who spend a lot of time here will appreciate some outdoor spaces to retire to after being in the studio for hours on end.

The trellises, the bike rack and the landscape lighting really came together to make the yard look great. It might not make a lot of sense to some to do this much outside of the studios, after all it could be hard to draw a line between landscaping and great recordings, but the truth is that I want people to expect something extra from our studios as well as know that they are entering a place that really cares about every detail. I also think/hope that clients who spend a lot of time here will appreciate some outdoor spaces to retire to after being in the studio for hours on end.

My good friend Nick brought our window frame back and now with the extra trim around the inside. This really helps finish it and hide the rough brick opening.

My good friend Nick brought our window frame back and now with the extra trim around the inside. This really helps finish it and hide the rough brick opening.

This will get the same metal “picture frame” treatment on this side. The old foundation and basement opening will remain exposed although painted of course.

This will get the same metal “picture frame” treatment on this side. The old foundation and basement opening will remain exposed although painted of course.

More drywall finishing, here in tracking room 1.  Most of this will be hidden behind the cloud but the guys finished all the ceiling spaces very nice regardless.

More drywall finishing, here in tracking room 1. Most of this will be hidden behind the cloud but the guys finished all the ceiling spaces very nice regardless.

Starting to run the ductwork in tracking room 2.

Starting to run the ductwork in tracking room 2.

More ductwork in tracking room 2.

More ductwork in tracking room 2.

Tracking room 1’s ceiling finished and duct being run.

Tracking room 1’s ceiling finished and duct being run.

Framing the hvac duct soffits. Most of our rooms have upper soffits for the hvac duct and lower soffits which have yet to be framed.  Tomorrow Tony Brett arrives again for his second trip to instruct on how to frame the lower soffits.

Framing the hvac duct soffits. Most of our rooms have upper soffits for the hvac duct and lower soffits which have yet to be framed. Tomorrow Tony Brett arrives again for his second trip to instruct on how to frame the lower soffits.

HVAC soffit in tracking room 1 framed and sheet rocked.

HVAC soffit in tracking room 1 framed and sheet rocked.

#29

I’m really getting sick of drywall dust. We did our best to put up plastic and keep the house safe from dust, but there is no escaping it, it is everywhere. Luckily we are getting really close to the end of this stage.

We are about a week from having most of the drywall done, with the exception of the soffits that will need to be built around the HVAC duct.

Getting the new HVAC run into the house, upstairs and down.

Getting the new HVAC run into the house, upstairs and down.

Our metal railing for the instrument storage room arrived and was installed this week.

Our metal railing for the instrument storage room arrived and was installed this week.

We also got the railing for the stairs into the lobby from the house but they have to re-do something about it due to it not meeting ADA requirements.

We also got the railing for the stairs into the lobby from the house but they have to re-do something about it due to it not meeting ADA requirements.

The instrument room with the railing installed.

The instrument room with the railing installed.

We removed the metal grid that fills this opening between the house and the new space in order to have some metal trim installed, expecting that to return tonight.

We removed the metal grid that fills this opening between the house and the new space in order to have some metal trim installed, expecting that to return tonight.

Tracking room 2 with the ceiling grid hung and ready for sheetrock.

Tracking room 2 with the ceiling grid hung and ready for sheetrock.

First of three layers of sheetrock going up in tracking room 1.

First of three layers of sheetrock going up in tracking room 1.

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First layer going up in control room 2.

First layer going up in control room 2.

Tracking room 1 layer #1 finished and starting layer #2.

Tracking room 1 layer #1 finished and starting layer #2.

Tracking room 2 ceiling complete minus final taping/mudding.

Tracking room 2 ceiling complete minus final taping/mudding.

Power for lighting in the tracking room 2 soffits above the door into the sound lock.

Power for lighting in the tracking room 2 soffits above the door into the sound lock.

Control room 1 sheetrock complete minus taping and mudding, and my son Truman.

Control room 1 sheetrock complete minus taping and mudding, and my son Truman.

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Are things getting closer to being done? I think the end is in sight but the extra costs are mounting and I can feel that it’s going to take some real fortitude to get through these last few months. Not sure how to better explain, but at this point we just keep moving forward and hope for the best.

We got the fire pit back from powder coating and got it placed. I have the burner and rocks and stuff for inside but just can’t find time to get it all installed.

We got the fire pit back from powder coating and got it placed. I have the burner and rocks and stuff for inside but just can’t find time to get it all installed.

We made the decision to upgrade the hvac in the house as part of this whole process, so this week they started installing mini-split systems on both floors. The original system was quite old, noisy and very inefficient.

We made the decision to upgrade the hvac in the house as part of this whole process, so this week they started installing mini-split systems on both floors. The original system was quite old, noisy and very inefficient.

Setting the compressor for the house mini-splits on the roof above the new lobby.

Setting the compressor for the house mini-splits on the roof above the new lobby.

Sheetrock in the lobby is nearly finished and ready for paint.

Sheetrock in the lobby is nearly finished and ready for paint.

Lots of sheetrock sanding this week. Despite our best efforts the dust is everywhere, not just in the new building but in the house as well. Looking forward to this phase being complete.

Lots of sheetrock sanding this week. Despite our best efforts the dust is everywhere, not just in the new building but in the house as well. Looking forward to this phase being complete.

Sheetrock ready for paint in the hallway.

Sheetrock ready for paint in the hallway.

The    Muta hangers    finally arrived from Kinetics Noise Control. These isolators are what the ceilings in the studios will hang from.

The Muta hangers finally arrived from Kinetics Noise Control. These isolators are what the ceilings in the studios will hang from.

Starting to install the Muta hangers in tracking room 1. After figuring things out the guys moved pretty quickly.

Starting to install the Muta hangers in tracking room 1. After figuring things out the guys moved pretty quickly.

The grid set up and suspended in tracking room 1. Three layers of 5/8” sheetrock will be screwed to this grid forming the ceiling of the studio.

The grid set up and suspended in tracking room 1. Three layers of 5/8” sheetrock will be screwed to this grid forming the ceiling of the studio.

Tracking room 1.

Tracking room 1.

The crew started by hanging tracking room 1 as it was a rectangle and level, now they are moving on to control room 1 which is a sloped ceiling and not quite so full of right angles.

The crew started by hanging tracking room 1 as it was a rectangle and level, now they are moving on to control room 1 which is a sloped ceiling and not quite so full of right angles.

Setting the grid around the hvac has proved to be a bit of a hassle for the guys.

Setting the grid around the hvac has proved to be a bit of a hassle for the guys.

#27

Things are continuing along, mostly landscaping and sheetrock again this week although they made some strides with HVAC as well.

Definitely one of the highlights was getting to see the new entrance without an outhouse in the way.  I’m really happy with the way this is shaping up, we still have some trellises to install as well as some patio furniture to dress things up.

Definitely one of the highlights was getting to see the new entrance without an outhouse in the way. I’m really happy with the way this is shaping up, we still have some trellises to install as well as some patio furniture to dress things up.

Still waiting on the gates and some more sod but the landscaping is nearly complete.

Still waiting on the gates and some more sod but the landscaping is nearly complete.

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To make myself feel better about our progress I’m including some photos of the same area from last September.

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Jared (superintendent) and I have been discussing how to clean up the large opening between the new space and the house. We had pretty much settled on the idea that we would need to bring in some sort of masonry saw and make a huge mess in order to clean up the brick around the edges and make it so we could trim it out.  One day the masons happened to be around and told us that with this adobe brick a simple chisel and hammer would take care of anything we needed done. Much easier and also a little disconcerting.

Jared (superintendent) and I have been discussing how to clean up the large opening between the new space and the house. We had pretty much settled on the idea that we would need to bring in some sort of masonry saw and make a huge mess in order to clean up the brick around the edges and make it so we could trim it out. One day the masons happened to be around and told us that with this adobe brick a simple chisel and hammer would take care of anything we needed done. Much easier and also a little disconcerting.

HVAC duct coming into the space above control room 2. It’s a very tricky space to maneuver the ductwork through as they need to stay clear of the wire hanging from the trusses that will hold the ceiling structure.

HVAC duct coming into the space above control room 2. It’s a very tricky space to maneuver the ductwork through as they need to stay clear of the wire hanging from the trusses that will hold the ceiling structure.

It took a few days of working and re-working, not to mention a very close call when the scaffolding fell over and took one of the workers down with it, but they got things routed and ready for the ceiling to be built. You can see the feed and the return ducts as well as smaller ductwork coming off up high to feed the studio 2 machine room.

It took a few days of working and re-working, not to mention a very close call when the scaffolding fell over and took one of the workers down with it, but they got things routed and ready for the ceiling to be built. You can see the feed and the return ducts as well as smaller ductwork coming off up high to feed the studio 2 machine room.

The same basic ductwork seen above control room 1.

The same basic ductwork seen above control room 1.

Duct work leading in to tracking room 2 with the smaller lines feeding isolation booth 2.

Duct work leading in to tracking room 2 with the smaller lines feeding isolation booth 2.

The drywall company ran out of iso clips twice and they can be a bit tricky to come by.  Once the second shipment arrived the final track was installed in the isolation booths of studio 1 allowing the final sheetrock to be hung.

The drywall company ran out of iso clips twice and they can be a bit tricky to come by. Once the second shipment arrived the final track was installed in the isolation booths of studio 1 allowing the final sheetrock to be hung.

Track and sheetrock going up in studio 1 isolation booths.

Track and sheetrock going up in studio 1 isolation booths.

Drywall finished in the studio 1 iso booths. You can see the 2 layers on one side of the wall and the clips and 3 layers on the other side.

Drywall finished in the studio 1 iso booths. You can see the 2 layers on one side of the wall and the clips and 3 layers on the other side.

Looking out of the iso booths back toward control room 1.

Looking out of the iso booths back toward control room 1.

#26

Sheet rock and landscaping this week. They are nearly done with the third layer of sheetrock everywhere now so I suspect they will start working on the ceilings soon.

Turns out hanging the 3rd layer of sheet rock looks a lot like hanging the 2nd layer. What is really notable in this photo however is just how sketchy it is to be standing on a piece of wood resting on a ladder leaning against a wall 16 feet up.

Turns out hanging the 3rd layer of sheet rock looks a lot like hanging the 2nd layer. What is really notable in this photo however is just how sketchy it is to be standing on a piece of wood resting on a ladder leaning against a wall 16 feet up.

Another sketchy drywall hanging invention.

Another sketchy drywall hanging invention.

Third layer going up in tracking room 1.

Third layer going up in tracking room 1.

The lobby sheetrock is coming along as well as the studios. This is looking toward the bathroom and the hallway to the studios.

The lobby sheetrock is coming along as well as the studios. This is looking toward the bathroom and the hallway to the studios.

Track going up in the sound lock into control room 2. The drywallers ran out of the iso clips so a few smaller spaces, iso booths, have yet to even get the track, not to mention a single layer of sheetrock.

Track going up in the sound lock into control room 2. The drywallers ran out of the iso clips so a few smaller spaces, iso booths, have yet to even get the track, not to mention a single layer of sheetrock.

Looking out of control room 1 you can see the 3 layers of sheetrock between the window and the speaker cutout.

Looking out of control room 1 you can see the 3 layers of sheetrock between the window and the speaker cutout.

Tracking room 1 looking toward the window into control room 1.

Tracking room 1 looking toward the window into control room 1.

Control room 2 and machine room 2. The speaker boxes have not been cut out of the front wall yet.

Control room 2 and machine room 2. The speaker boxes have not been cut out of the front wall yet.

3rd layer going up in the studio 2 iso booth.

3rd layer going up in the studio 2 iso booth.

One of the drywall crew workers spends his entire day cleaning up behind the guys hanging the sheets. Still, every day the hallway goes from empty to this.

One of the drywall crew workers spends his entire day cleaning up behind the guys hanging the sheets. Still, every day the hallway goes from empty to this.

Sheetrock was already hung in this area above the lobby. You can see the remains of the old house up behind the steel beam. The roof continues to leak and despite days of trying they have yet to track the entry point down. So they’ve torn the sheetrock down to do more investigating.

Sheetrock was already hung in this area above the lobby. You can see the remains of the old house up behind the steel beam. The roof continues to leak and despite days of trying they have yet to track the entry point down. So they’ve torn the sheetrock down to do more investigating.

Flooding the roof above the lobby to try and find the leak.

Flooding the roof above the lobby to try and find the leak.

My son Brenden came back to finish the welding on the fire pit which is now ready to head off to powder coating.

My son Brenden came back to finish the welding on the fire pit which is now ready to head off to powder coating.

Landscapers were back adding lighting, and working on the fence.

Landscapers were back adding lighting, and working on the fence.

The fence looks great and I’m really happy with the way the front yard is starting to feel. Looking forward to the plants growing in.

The fence looks great and I’m really happy with the way the front yard is starting to feel. Looking forward to the plants growing in.

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#25

Spring is approaching and we have more rain and less snow around here. We are starting to get studio bookings that could be after the new spaces are open, but it’s still pretty hard to know exactly when that will be.

The electricians got the house transferred over to the new power service which means we were able to say goodbye to the awful looking temporary power pole out front.

The electricians got the house transferred over to the new power service which means we were able to say goodbye to the awful looking temporary power pole out front.

The exterior ladders showed up making it a lot easier to get on the roof when needed.

The exterior ladders showed up making it a lot easier to get on the roof when needed.

One really talented architect that we met with very early on told us that while he was interested in our project, he wasn’t interested in working with the old house. He recommended we tear it down, as tying a new building to the old house would be too problematic. I’m definitely glad we kept the house but there have been a few glitches. We’ve had a lot of rain lately and leaks where the roof of the house joins the roof of the new building. At this point we have all but one very elusive leak eliminated.

One really talented architect that we met with very early on told us that while he was interested in our project, he wasn’t interested in working with the old house. He recommended we tear it down, as tying a new building to the old house would be too problematic. I’m definitely glad we kept the house but there have been a few glitches. We’ve had a lot of rain lately and leaks where the roof of the house joins the roof of the new building. At this point we have all but one very elusive leak eliminated.

The warmer weather brought back the landscapers who managed to get just about everything other than sod done this week. Also, how I wish this outhouse was not in the middle of our new entrance.

The warmer weather brought back the landscapers who managed to get just about everything other than sod done this week. Also, how I wish this outhouse was not in the middle of our new entrance.

The new fence posts are in and once everything is done they will bring the wood slats to complete the fence that surrounds the front yard.

The new fence posts are in and once everything is done they will bring the wood slats to complete the fence that surrounds the front yard.

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Duct work continued in the studios. This is the main feed line entering above the iso booths in studio 1.

Duct work continued in the studios. This is the main feed line entering above the iso booths in studio 1.

Sheet rock showed up, a LOT of sheet rock. We have piles like this in most rooms of the studio and we don’t even have it all yet.

Sheet rock showed up, a LOT of sheet rock. We have piles like this in most rooms of the studio and we don’t even have it all yet.

First layer of sheet rock goes up in control room 2.

First layer of sheet rock goes up in control room 2.

More sheetrock in control room 2.

More sheetrock in control room 2.

First layer going up in studio 1. You can see the hvac duct coming through the top of the wall above the iso booth door. The ceiling will hang just above that duct.

First layer going up in studio 1. You can see the hvac duct coming through the top of the wall above the iso booth door. The ceiling will hang just above that duct.

The instrument gallery sheetrock was finished quickly.

The instrument gallery sheetrock was finished quickly.

The other wall of studio 1. All three layers of 5/8” sheet rock will be taped and mudded.

The other wall of studio 1. All three layers of 5/8” sheet rock will be taped and mudded.

The second level of sheetrock is going up in studio 1. The seems are staggered and the corners are lapped. The opening on the right is the window into control room 1.

The second level of sheetrock is going up in studio 1. The seems are staggered and the corners are lapped. The opening on the right is the window into control room 1.

#24

Preliminary wiring (electrical, audio, network/security) is finished and we are now heading into weeks (months?) of sheetrock work. In most cases walls have 3 layers of taped and mudded 5/8” sheetrock per side, although some walls only get two layers. Regardless it will take a while to complete.

We remain busy in the “house” studio although with the temporary wall out back removed the construction noise is encroaching.

I’ve begun to lose sleep due to worry about how we are going to afford to keep the doors open, but at this point, what can you do but move forward?

This is looking down in the space between the front wall of control room 2 and the tracking room wall. The black cable comes from the trough under the console through the pipe and then up into the walls to connect to the mic / tie line boxes throughout this studio space. The red and black lines coming from the panel on the left are instrument and speaker level lines that tie into a box in the control room.

This is looking down in the space between the front wall of control room 2 and the tracking room wall. The black cable comes from the trough under the console through the pipe and then up into the walls to connect to the mic / tie line boxes throughout this studio space. The red and black lines coming from the panel on the left are instrument and speaker level lines that tie into a box in the control room.

The Overly door frames arriving.

The Overly door frames arriving.

Moving the studio 1 iso booth door frames into place.

Moving the studio 1 iso booth door frames into place.

Studio 1 iso booths with door frames.

Studio 1 iso booths with door frames.

The door into studio 2.

The door into studio 2.

My son has been working on a project in his woods class for the studio. We ordered a huge slap of walnut and a bunch of epoxy and he has been constructing this table for our instrument gallery room. There is still a lot of planing and sanding to be done but it’s going to look great.

My son has been working on a project in his woods class for the studio. We ordered a huge slap of walnut and a bunch of epoxy and he has been constructing this table for our instrument gallery room. There is still a lot of planing and sanding to be done but it’s going to look great.

This is upstairs in the instrument gallery. The insulation company was set to arrive on Thursday so Wednesday afternoon Jared (superintendent) and I did a bunch of extra blocking to give a sturdy backing to the guitar hangers for the room.

This is upstairs in the instrument gallery. The insulation company was set to arrive on Thursday so Wednesday afternoon Jared (superintendent) and I did a bunch of extra blocking to give a sturdy backing to the guitar hangers for the room.

This is the idea, although we won’t have quite such an amazing collection as what you see here.

This is the idea, although we won’t have quite such an amazing collection as what you see here.

Thursday evening the insulators had already finished half of the studio space, the upstairs is where all the guitars will hang, under the mezzanine will be drums and amplifiers.

Thursday evening the insulators had already finished half of the studio space, the upstairs is where all the guitars will hang, under the mezzanine will be drums and amplifiers.

Tracking room 1 looking back to control room 1. The doorways into the machine room (right) and the sound lock (left) were framed incorrectly so the door frames are hanging out waiting for a fix.

Tracking room 1 looking back to control room 1. The doorways into the machine room (right) and the sound lock (left) were framed incorrectly so the door frames are hanging out waiting for a fix.

Just getting the insulation in place suddenly defined the rooms so much more.  It is now easier to get a sense for how the different spaces feel. This is looking out of iso booth 1 in studio 1.

Just getting the insulation in place suddenly defined the rooms so much more. It is now easier to get a sense for how the different spaces feel. This is looking out of iso booth 1 in studio 1.

Looking into iso booths 2 and 3 from iso booth 1.

Looking into iso booths 2 and 3 from iso booth 1.

Control room 2 post-insulation.

Control room 2 post-insulation.

Control room 1 post-insulation.

Control room 1 post-insulation.

#23

Things are creeping along, there is still so much to do, and so much that can be done but we still have days where only one sub or even none show up. Our contractor is frustrated and working hard to get them out but there is so much building going on that it makes it hard to keep subs on site.

Fedex showed up with a ton of cable in anticipation of Canova Audio arriving from North Carolina. The Fedex guy was all put out that there was so much and insisted that we pause our session and all come out and help unload the truck. That seems weird to me, isn’t that his job?

Fedex showed up with a ton of cable in anticipation of Canova Audio arriving from North Carolina. The Fedex guy was all put out that there was so much and insisted that we pause our session and all come out and help unload the truck. That seems weird to me, isn’t that his job?

Thom Conova and Roger Gupton arrived on Monday for 9 days of mounting tie line boxes and running cable.

Thom Conova and Roger Gupton arrived on Monday for 9 days of mounting tie line boxes and running cable.

You can see the black tie line box mounted in Iso Booth 1 in Studio 1 and the silver tie line box mounted on the wall of the live room. In addition to mic lines and many cat 6 lines there will be lines from the live room to the booths for guitar  or speaker  leads.

You can see the black tie line box mounted in Iso Booth 1 in Studio 1 and the silver tie line box mounted on the wall of the live room. In addition to mic lines and many cat 6 lines there will be lines from the live room to the booths for guitar or speaker leads.

Cat6, quad and eight pair mic line cable.

Cat6, quad and eight pair mic line cable.

cat 6 being pulled into the pipes in the trough

cat 6 being pulled into the pipes in the trough

Roger tying the lines up. These guys do very tight, very clean work.

Roger tying the lines up. These guys do very tight, very clean work.

Cat 6 and mic lines run into Iso Booth 3 in Studio 1.

Cat 6 and mic lines run into Iso Booth 3 in Studio 1.

Thom cutting in a tie line box.

Thom cutting in a tie line box.

Provo City Power came out and got the new power service up and running. We are still on temporary power for the time being, but we have power into the new space awaiting the electricians finishing off the rough electrical.

Provo City Power came out and got the new power service up and running. We are still on temporary power for the time being, but we have power into the new space awaiting the electricians finishing off the rough electrical.

The large copper cables coming up out of the ground are from the ground rods and the ufer in the foundation. These are tied to the panels through the large copper plate.

The large copper cables coming up out of the ground are from the ground rods and the ufer in the foundation. These are tied to the panels through the large copper plate.

Penetrations were put into the roof for the HVAC lines and venting.

Penetrations were put into the roof for the HVAC lines and venting.

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Just above the lift you can see the steam humidifier that is being installed in order to raise the humidity of the instrument gallery.

Just above the lift you can see the steam humidifier that is being installed in order to raise the humidity of the instrument gallery.

Hvac duct in the instrument gallery.

Hvac duct in the instrument gallery.

The framing in the center of the photo is underneath what used to be the ceiling of the house porch. The old bead board had to be ripped out in order to get the electrical re-routed from the old panel to the new.

The framing in the center of the photo is underneath what used to be the ceiling of the house porch. The old bead board had to be ripped out in order to get the electrical re-routed from the old panel to the new.

9 huge crates showed up with the Overly acoustic doors. The frames will be installed starting this week.

9 huge crates showed up with the Overly acoustic doors. The frames will be installed starting this week.

We removed the temporary wall that separated the future lounge / kitchen which is in the rear of the house from the hallway of the new space. It was exciting to get a sense for how these two spaces will work together.

We removed the temporary wall that separated the future lounge / kitchen which is in the rear of the house from the hallway of the new space. It was exciting to get a sense for how these two spaces will work together.

Looking out of the lounge into the new hallway.

Looking out of the lounge into the new hallway.

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#22

Last week was filled with more rough electrical, hvac, insulation and network/security wiring. We passed our ‘power to panel’ inspection so we are just a few days away from having power out in the new space and being able to swap the house power over to the new distribution panel.

I spent a fair amount of time this week thinking about and discussing colors and finishes with Wes. I tend to be pretty particular with color and I’m really worried about getting it wrong, especially considering that what you see in the control rooms will be almost entirely wood or fabric, and fabric panels are a lot harder to change than paint. Wes has so much experience designing studios and refining things to make these very odd shaped spaces feel natural and normal and it’s easy to just want to throw colors all over without thinking through just how that will feel when you are in the studio day after day. I think at this point we are pretty close to having things pinned down and with no time to spare, Tony Brett is diving into building our acoustic panels.

Tomorrow Thom Canova will arrive to spend a week doing the rough/pre-wiring for the lines that go in the walls. After that insulation in the walls can begin and then straight into sheetrock.

This panel on the side of the house is the main disconnect between the transformer out front and the inside panels.

This panel on the side of the house is the main disconnect between the transformer out front and the inside panels.

This is the main distribution panel inside. Power comes in the bottom and then is split via the three breakers to the house, the dirty power for the new space and the clean power for the new space.

This is the main distribution panel inside. Power comes in the bottom and then is split via the three breakers to the house, the dirty power for the new space and the clean power for the new space.

The main distribution panel on the right, the new panel for the house in the center and the dirty power for the new space on the left.

The main distribution panel on the right, the new panel for the house in the center and the dirty power for the new space on the left.

This is the clean power panel for all the outlets in the new studios. This is fed from the isolation transformer that was hung up last week.

This is the clean power panel for all the outlets in the new studios. This is fed from the isolation transformer that was hung up last week.

This small mechanical room is getting very full now that the panes are all in place as well as the hvac unit for the lobby and instrument gallery.

This small mechanical room is getting very full now that the panes are all in place as well as the hvac unit for the lobby and instrument gallery.

Insulation of the exterior walls continued this week, this is above studio 2.

Insulation of the exterior walls continued this week, this is above studio 2.

Insulation along the outer wall of control room 1.

Insulation along the outer wall of control room 1.

Ductwork continues in the center hallway.

Ductwork continues in the center hallway.

Penetrations have been cut into the studios. At the top of the frame you can see the duct with a rubber vibration isolator. This will help stop vibrations in the units from reaching the ductwork.

Penetrations have been cut into the studios. At the top of the frame you can see the duct with a rubber vibration isolator. This will help stop vibrations in the units from reaching the ductwork.

Here the duct penetrates the wall above studio 2. Another set of rubber vibration isolators will be just inside the walls to further quiet any noise from the hvac.

Here the duct penetrates the wall above studio 2. Another set of rubber vibration isolators will be just inside the walls to further quiet any noise from the hvac.

Our canopy out front was framed up this week as well.

Our canopy out front was framed up this week as well.

#21

Two highlights from this last week -

1) while showing a good friend, composer & longtime collaborator the studio build, he said “scott, you’re the only person i know who is bullish on the music industry.”

2) mid-mixing session for a great artist we took a quick tour of the space and she said something to the effect of “i’m excited that we will get to have something like this in Provo, Utah”

Honestly, i don’t know how I feel about the music industry as a whole, but I know that there is a lot of great music being made here in Utah and we are lucky to get to be a part of it. We have remained busy for a long time now and while this really is a crazy business move, I’m really happy to be able to do what I can to provide this great music scene with such a place. We are lucky to have Wes Lachot, Tony Brett and Thom Canova on board and frankly doing us such a favor by working long and hard on a project with some pretty big budget/time constraints. They are working closely with our great contractors at Zadok Construction (Nick and Jared) to build a pretty amazing studio space.

…and you should really check out some of the great music coming out of Utah:

https://www.thenationalparksmusic.com/

https://goldmythmusic.com

http://segosucks.com

http://www.theholleringpines.com

http://www.tmtfmusic.com

https://nymph-music.bandcamp.com/releases

http://roseburgband.com/

These are just the artists we’ve worked with in the past month.

The 2nd level of the instrument storage room is nearly done, just need the railing now.

The 2nd level of the instrument storage room is nearly done, just need the railing now.

Looking into the hallway from the 2nd level. Glass sliding barn doors will hang in the opening.

Looking into the hallway from the 2nd level. Glass sliding barn doors will hang in the opening.

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Spray foam insulation in the lobby where we didn’t want to lose the space that a traditional framed wall would eat up.

Spray foam insulation in the lobby where we didn’t want to lose the space that a traditional framed wall would eat up.

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More work was done on the HVAC system until about mid-week when the guys came down with a pretty bad flu that is going around. Hopefully we will see some real progress next week.

More work was done on the HVAC system until about mid-week when the guys came down with a pretty bad flu that is going around. Hopefully we will see some real progress next week.

In front of the lobby we got the missing piece of steel for the canopy.

In front of the lobby we got the missing piece of steel for the canopy.

The last few weeks have been primarily about electrical. I’m very impressed with the electricians and their attention to detail. At this point they are a few days away from having all of the rough electrical finished.

The last few weeks have been primarily about electrical. I’m very impressed with the electricians and their attention to detail. At this point they are a few days away from having all of the rough electrical finished.

This is the transformer that will clean up the power for the studios. This box is so insanely heavy that none of us could even get a corner of it off the ground, yet it needed to be hung up to be put to use.

This is the transformer that will clean up the power for the studios. This box is so insanely heavy that none of us could even get a corner of it off the ground, yet it needed to be hung up to be put to use.

Chains and pulleys got the transformer hung and ready to be hooked up.

Chains and pulleys got the transformer hung and ready to be hooked up.

The electricians take great care with their installation. Here he is precisely bending conduit that will be hidden behind sheetrock and never seen again.

The electricians take great care with their installation. Here he is precisely bending conduit that will be hidden behind sheetrock and never seen again.

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This small room has so much electrical equipment in it. On the left is the panel for the “dirty” power of the new building (lights, hvac), on the right is the new panel for the house.

This small room has so much electrical equipment in it. On the left is the panel for the “dirty” power of the new building (lights, hvac), on the right is the new panel for the house.

The transformer is hung on the left, in the middle is a disconnect and a surge protector, on the right is the panel for the clean power to the studios.

The transformer is hung on the left, in the middle is a disconnect and a surge protector, on the right is the panel for the clean power to the studios.

#20

There has been a lot going on over the past couple weeks, but most of it doesn’t make for great photos so Ive been a bit quiet. Problem is, if I don’t keep updating this Ill get too lazy and drop it forever (plus my dad keeps asking me for an update), so here is some of what has been going on:

We finally got our new main entrance. The lobby will be behind the glass and on this side will be a covered patio with some places to sit.

We finally got our new main entrance. The lobby will be behind the glass and on this side will be a covered patio with some places to sit.

The view from in the lobby, the whole front will be glass which gives a really great view of the outhouse.

The view from in the lobby, the whole front will be glass which gives a really great view of the outhouse.

There will be a canopy over the door and a fence basically right where I’m standing that will help provide some privacy.

There will be a canopy over the door and a fence basically right where I’m standing that will help provide some privacy.

All four of the mini-split air handlers for the studio spaces are hung in the hallway now.

All four of the mini-split air handlers for the studio spaces are hung in the hallway now.

The air handlers are hung on rubber isolators and rubber pads at the end of the all-thread shafts.

The air handlers are hung on rubber isolators and rubber pads at the end of the all-thread shafts.

Today they started on the ductwork.

Today they started on the ductwork.

Building the ducts. They are oversized and lined with fiberglass insulation.

Building the ducts. They are oversized and lined with fiberglass insulation.

The steel for our instrument gallery/storage room showed up today. This wasn’t originally in the plans, the room was, but not the layout and the steel, but our contractor found us some savings and with it we will finish the room. The ceilings are so high that in order to take advantage of the space we are building a mezzanine. Here you can see the stairs and the deck material.

The steel for our instrument gallery/storage room showed up today. This wasn’t originally in the plans, the room was, but not the layout and the steel, but our contractor found us some savings and with it we will finish the room. The ceilings are so high that in order to take advantage of the space we are building a mezzanine. Here you can see the stairs and the deck material.

Laying out the steel structure.

Laying out the steel structure.

The steel beams in place - the back of the room will be the largest part of the mezzanine, with a catwalk going down the left side. The stairs will sit on the right side agains the wall.

The steel beams in place - the back of the room will be the largest part of the mezzanine, with a catwalk going down the left side. The stairs will sit on the right side agains the wall.

In the past few weeks I also made the mistake of learning about the new    API 2448   . We currently have a 32 channel API 1608 and the plan has been to put that in the new studio 1. We typically use half our console for mic lines / front end and half for pro tools returns. The new 2448 is an inline design, meaning it has 2 input paths per channel, so we could have pro tools outputs directly above mic lines and a 32 channel console would actually yield us an additional 16 mic lines to use and an additional 16 line inputs all at the same time. So, now I’m plotting and scheming for ways to save on other equipment, current equipment we could sell and places in the construction budget where we might still find some savings. Of course the lead time on one of these consoles from API is 3-4 months, so if we want a console when the doors open we need to get on the list! More info on this to come, but if anyone is looking to buy an excellent condition, practically new API 1608 let me know!

In the past few weeks I also made the mistake of learning about the new API 2448. We currently have a 32 channel API 1608 and the plan has been to put that in the new studio 1. We typically use half our console for mic lines / front end and half for pro tools returns. The new 2448 is an inline design, meaning it has 2 input paths per channel, so we could have pro tools outputs directly above mic lines and a 32 channel console would actually yield us an additional 16 mic lines to use and an additional 16 line inputs all at the same time. So, now I’m plotting and scheming for ways to save on other equipment, current equipment we could sell and places in the construction budget where we might still find some savings. Of course the lead time on one of these consoles from API is 3-4 months, so if we want a console when the doors open we need to get on the list! More info on this to come, but if anyone is looking to buy an excellent condition, practically new API 1608 let me know!

#19

I’ve been giving a lot of tours of the construction site lately. Without fail everyone asks when we expect to be finished and ready to move in. The truth is I have no idea. At one point I was hoping it would be March, now I’m hoping it’s May, but really, no idea. Honestly, for now as long as people continue to show up and work every day I’m happy.

Sheetrock began in the hallway. 2 layers of 5/8’ with staggered seems in the hallway. Both layers were taped and mudded.

Sheetrock began in the hallway. 2 layers of 5/8’ with staggered seems in the hallway. Both layers were taped and mudded.

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HVAC work began with some duct work in the lobby. Some careful planning allowed for the ducts to live in the trusses and buy us some much appreciated ceiling height.

HVAC work began with some duct work in the lobby. Some careful planning allowed for the ducts to live in the trusses and buy us some much appreciated ceiling height.

Some of the Samsung mini split  / heat pump units.

Some of the Samsung mini split / heat pump units.

You can see the rails for hanging the hvac units.

You can see the rails for hanging the hvac units.

All of the electrical boxes are wrapped with putty packs to help with the integrity of the sound envelope.

All of the electrical boxes are wrapped with putty packs to help with the integrity of the sound envelope.

I know it’s kind of dumb but when these isomax clips showed up I was genuinely excited.

I know it’s kind of dumb but when these isomax clips showed up I was genuinely excited.

The clips are screwed into the studs and then the hat channel hangs in the clips. The rubber material helps isolate the sheetrock from the studs and drops the sound transmission through the walls significantly.

The clips are screwed into the studs and then the hat channel hangs in the clips. The rubber material helps isolate the sheetrock from the studs and drops the sound transmission through the walls significantly.

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Iso clips and channel hung in control room 1.

Iso clips and channel hung in control room 1.

Iso clips and channel hung in tracking room 1.

Iso clips and channel hung in tracking room 1.

#18

Busy week and weekend in the studio, but things continued out back in the new space. Most of the progression this week was in electrical, but there was a lot of leftover framing done, as well as many meetings regarding hvac and sheetrock.

The south side wall of tracking room 1 was sheeted which does even more to show the size of rooms and how things will feel. In the center you can see the window into the control room.

The south side wall of tracking room 1 was sheeted which does even more to show the size of rooms and how things will feel. In the center you can see the window into the control room.

Looking out of control room 1, the sheeting helps show off just how large the windows will be and how great the view of the tracking room will be.

Looking out of control room 1, the sheeting helps show off just how large the windows will be and how great the view of the tracking room will be.

The south side of tracking room 2 also got sheeting.

The south side of tracking room 2 also got sheeting.

The electricians made some headway this week. There was some discussion as to how to mount the electrical boxes and keep them isolated from the framed walls but sitting in the sheetrock and other acoustic materials which will be mounted. The solution was to use some isolation material between the mounting hardware for the electrical and the framing.

The electricians made some headway this week. There was some discussion as to how to mount the electrical boxes and keep them isolated from the framed walls but sitting in the sheetrock and other acoustic materials which will be mounted. The solution was to use some isolation material between the mounting hardware for the electrical and the framing.

Managed to get my son involved building a box for our new fire pit.

Managed to get my son involved building a box for our new fire pit.