Okay so it doesn’t really matter what week it is anymore. What matters is we are meeting every expectation of any building project every undertaken: over deadline, over budget and everyone hates everyone else. okay, it’s not that bad. Here are some new pics.
The sexiest air con ducts you’ve ever seen as well as some serious looking slot resonators. The sparky has been through as well wiring up the 12V system.
I’m saying week 7 because my last entry was week 6 but we calculated that between public holidays and other dramas (gear boxes, flu, family crisis), Darren has only been here for 22 days. So… here you will find a pile of Fletcher insulation a mile high as well as a really cool router, some framing work for the cloth panels and other some such bits and pieces. Are we on schedule? There never really was schedule so yes, I suppose we are.
Seriously, I’ve got no spare time at all but… what if the cable plates were custom shaped to the dimensions of the room you were in. Just a thought.
Between waiting for custom made air con duct outlets and ordering the beachcomber flame fabric that will cover most of the walls and ceilings, last week saw the electrics for power and lights roughed in as well as some very serious doors hung. Doors can say a lot about a place and these are the kind that won’t take shit from anyone. They will fuck you up, cut you down and bleed you if called up to. We’ve also brought in our vintage NEVE compressor which will be very handy on treating some of those nasty vocals… Recording Studios are so much fun.
Okay so I haven’t taken any photos this week or late last week yet but I can confidently state that the recording studio is moving along very nicely. I did some research today and discovered that Enmore doesn’t have any ‘official’ registered recording facilities which I guess is good news for us (kind of). Enmore Audio will be the first recording facility in Enmore. The electrician was in today working alongside Darren roughing in all the wires, cables, new mains, new switch board, new earth and all that. Audio cable guy (different to electric cable guy) is coming in tomorrow. I worked out today that I am spending an average of $1170 a day while the tradesmen are here. So we might just start taking bookings from now. How does $1170 a day sound with engineer? Nice me thinks.
Soon I’m going to start to talk about and in so doing cement our recording philosophy. I’ll talk about gear, reasons behind decisions and the like. Mostly, decisions are budget based but when there’s hours of research and experience involved, it’s worth sharing that process.
I’ll be honest it was pretty bloody boring there for a week or so. An additional layer of floor went down which you can’t see, all the walls are up and they all look the same so photos would have proven nothing and a heap of measuring and quoting and sample picking went on. But today Dr. Who paid us a visit and punched a few mother fucking holes in our heritage listed house ensuring future sale is impossible. I’m starting to wonder if we really did need air in the studio… Surely we could have opened the door every few hours?
Walls, walls and more walls. Not much point updating these on a daily basis. There have been some very interesting unseen developments in the way of electrical conduits, lintels and wall penetrations.
We’re only just getting over the long weekend… And the first wall went up today! As you can see the ceiling has already received its first layer of Gyprock. The next ceiling layer will sit on top of the wall frame.
The two rooms are now the same level as we brought up the control room (The Kitchen), with a layer green glue and yellow tongue. Sections of chased walls where previous services lay were filled in with sand cement. So too were the two air vents in the vocal booth (The Stable). Deliveries of stuff keep arriving (massive rolls of insulation today), and we’re almost certain that by the time we’re finished there will about two square meters of space left. Is this beast starting to look like a recording studio?