was kind enough to give me the complete rundown on how he built
his studio, where Lord Only's first two albums were recorded.
in 1993 -
concept', for me, originated in 1993, when I realized that
if I wanted to get a recording of my music, I was going to have
to do it myself. I began to research equipment, techniques,
and, most importantly, construction methods! I also began
to put aside as much money as I could, for a down-payment for a
house. I was living at my parent's house at the time, paying
only a small token rent, and I had a good job with minimal bills,
so I was able to afford to save a large sum of money along with
the purchase of my first Conklin 7-string bass - the frettless.
Those were the days.
time, I was between bands - the earlier incarnation of Lord Only
had just dissolved, and I was about to begin working with Brian
in his band, Remnant. Quickly, I found him to be a kindred
spirit, and I shared many of my plans and schemes with him. Incidentally,
Devil's Advocate and Predator of Dreams were composed by him and
me in that band, with most of the main riffs of Devil's Advocate
being written by us the first day we worked together. To paraphrase
Dickens a bit, It was the best of starts...
step is done! I close on my house. The process for finding
one was fairly easy - look for a large basement! 28' by about
20', unfinished but with much potential. Now, the planning
and building commence. Between the Hammer and the Nail, indeed.
once again! Due to the invaluable assistance of Brian, my
parents, my then-girlfriend and Hal's power-cable repair expertise,
I have finally converted my big, empty basement into a Studio and
a Control Room, at least enough to begin boot camp (re: practice)
room consists of a room measuring 8' wide by 11' deep, with the
Studio itself being an L-shaped room taking up the rest of the space.
The walls surrounding the control room are actually double
single-stud walls, with about three inches of space between them,
for a total thickness of about 1'. There is a triple-pane
plexi-glass window between the studio and the control room, 4' wide
by 2' high.
by one of the State of Georgia's Finest informs me that my sound
insulation between the studio room and the outside world is a bit
money spent, more walls built. This time, I put another wall
all the way around the studio, 2" to 3" from the outside house wall.
I built locking "lids" of particle board and 2x4's to cover
the windows, and put up solid core doors in the room itself to help
keep down the noise transmission. I think if I never see a
roll of Owen's-Corning again, it will be too soon, and I am sure
Brian would concur. Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor (bass-player)
not a salad-chef (carpenter).
aside, we now have a studio. We come and go as we please -
or at least I do! We are insulated from the outside world
by walls, solid-core doors, particle board, sheet rock, insulation
- and silent alarms. It really does seem like a vault. Or
purchase #1. Ouch. After much research, I have come
to determine the best equipment for our needs, fitting my budget.
At this time I bought the Mackie console, the first of our
four ADATs, the Lexicon unit, a pair of SM-57's, the Aphex 107,
and one each of the Aphex 105's and 106's. The race was on...
nothing like owning a little bit of gear to make you realize how
much you need to buy to have a well rounded studio. Feeling
guilty, or perhaps like they were falling behind in the arms race,
Hal and Brian began purchasing as well. Dammit, Jim,
I'm a doctor (bass player), not a rocket scientist (studio mogul).
I became better at recording and using the gear, I became more aware
of our limitations. For the past 4 or 5 years, we all have been piecing
the studio together, bit by bit, with the best gear that we could
afford, in the hopes of building a studio that would serve us for
a long time to come
fall of '98, I moved the recording gear from the studio control
room to the living room of my house, which has much better acoustics
and is a more comfortable place to work.
in one's living room, kicking back and watching some television
is an over-rated waste of time anyway.
"studio", as such, has still continued to grow. Just recently,
we've added our 5th ADAT to the roster, as well as some synth units
that I will also be using as part of my Bass Synth setup. We will
undoubtedly continue to expand and perfect the studio, as long as
we exist as a band, undoubtedly.
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