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Welcome, everyone!

This section is all about my book "Recording Studios and Other Acoustic Spaces" - vol. 1
The subjects covered (so far) are listed in the Table Of Contents below.
The book is due to be finished editing by the end of the year and will be a Hard-Cover A3 size landscape book of about 500 pages.. The book will sell for about $300 to $350 USD and contain coded access to online material. A pdf version is not planned.
This book is the culmination of my life's work. I am happy to share snips here and answer questions.
I always appreciate your input and would like to know what YOU would like to see in a design book like this. (I am especially talking to though who are interested in entering the design/engineering field.)
i. Dedication
ii. Introduction

1. Acoustic Myths and Misconceptions

2. DIY design is a Bad Idea

3. LEDE/RFZ criteria will never lead to an accurate room

4. Building Isolation - (sound-proofing)
4.1 Base Noise Levels – Reference
4.2 Doors
4.3 Windows
4.4 Floating Floors

5. Control Rooms - The Heart of the Studio
5.1 Room Ratios
5.2 Room Shapes
5.3 Control Room Acoustics
5.4 Design Considerations - It's Physics!
5.5 Problem Equipment and Furniture

6. Tracking Rooms
6.1 Room Ratios and Shapes for Tracking Music and Voice
6.2 Music Studio Isolation Needs
6.3 Tracking Room Acoustics

7. Music Recording Booths
7.1 Voice-over Booths
7.2 Size and Shapes
7.3 Acoustic Control
7.4 Foley and ADR

8. Room Treatment Designs
8.1 Broadband Absorption
8.2 Broadband Absorption with Slats
8.3 Helmholtz resonators
8.4 Membrane Absorbers
8.5 Diffsorbers
8.6 Diffusors
8.7 Waveguides
8.8 Gas Flow Resistivity Testing
8.9 Absorption Coefficients

9. Speakers
9.1 Flush-Mounting
9.1a Hard Flush-Mounting
9.1b Soft Flush-Mounting
9.2 Mid-Field Speakers
9.3 Near-Field Speakers
9.4 Sub-Woofers

10. Electrical Wiring and Grounding
10.1 Safety First!
10.2 Zero-Loop Area Wiring
10.3 Eliminating Noise Injection/Pickup

11. Audio and Low-Voltage Wiring
11.1 Impedance Balancing
11.2 Speaker Wiring
11.3 The Systematic Approach

12. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
12.1 Isolation

13. Day-Lighting

14. Recording Studio Designs
14.1 Bedroom Studio
14.2 Basement Studio
14.3 Detached Home Studio
14.4 Professional Recording Facility

I. Glossary
II. Appendix
III. References

Please let me know if there's anything else that you would like included and let's talk!
John H. Brandt
Recording Studio, Performance Hall, & Architectural Acoustics Consultants
"Twenty Thousand Dollars worth of Snap-On Tools doesn't make you a Professional Diesel Mechanic"
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One chapter I might recommend is 15. Budgets...
15.1 How to Plan Your Budget
15.2 How to Hemorrhage Cash and Make It Not Look Painful
15.3 How to Make and Apply A DIY Tourniquet
15.4 What to look for in a contractor
15.5 Inspections and Permits
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Max,
Excellent!
(you're NOT helping!!! - It's going to take me even longer to get this done!!)

Great idea. Yes, that would be extremely helpful to include. :D
Cheers,
John
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Hi John, you probably already cover it in this book but maybe a chapter could be dedicated to : "How to asses the success of the acoustics of a room". Especially for control rooms, since the balanced non environment design theory shows the advantages of a standardization of mixing and mastering rooms ( CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG !!).
For example, listing the different important criteria to be assessed ( RT60, Frequency response, Sound pressure, imaging etc...)

Also, I would love to see how far you can predict the impact of acoustic treatment modules on the acoustic of the room. For instance, if a room has a boost around 80 Hz, how much absorption at this specific frequency is needed to drastically flatten the frequency response.
This would be handy to make an estimation during blueprints and distribute the different absorption modules throughout the room without having to test the room every time we add another absorber.

One last thing, could you talk about Space coupler diffusors ? It is interesting but I can't find a lot of informations about it...

I hope what I described makes senses haha,

Cheers, Marin
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MadMax wrote: Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:42 am One chapter I might recommend is 15. Budgets...
15.1 How to Plan Your Budget
15.2 How to Hemorrhage Cash and Make It Not Look Painful
15.3 How to Make and Apply A DIY Tourniquet
15.4 What to look for in a contractor
15.5 Inspections and Permits
Hi Max, I am in the process of building a studio with John at the back of my garden , I can't tip on acoustics as I am a producer but can do construction wise having spent last 20 years on building sites I now am using my skills to build this studio and done it mostly myself with some minor help I can tell a lot about it now .
My skills surely saved me a lot of money so far , if you are into this kind of challenge I am happy to answer some questions for you . One things is certain here , if you go DIY route talk to John as often as you can to make sure it's all supervised to avoid expensive mistakes .

A chapter on that in the book would be very useful for guys who do don't have construction experience , good idea !
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