Sam's recording studio will be undergoing a total remodel in February and March of 2017. Pictures and more information to follow.

Two layers of drywall were added between the joists. The edges were sealed with backer rod and caulk, and then the edges secured with ledger boards. This adds mass to the ceiling to minimize the sound that enters and exits the studio.

Looking into the control room. Note the staggered stud construction of the outer wall, which greatly increases the sound isolation between the studio and the adjoining room.


Building the diffuser for the live room turned out to be one of the most time-consuming tasks in the remodel. After a couple of false starts, I revised my design so that the construction is rock-solid. Unfortunately, that also translated to a diffuser which is very, very heavy.

The live room diffusor installed in the far wall of the live room.

Looking from the control room into the studio. There is a double wall between the two rooms, each of which will have its own door.

It turns out that the biggest ticket items for a studio aren't cool mics, instruments, and gear. It's stuff that's far less exciting, like quiet and isolated HVAC and clean electrical service. The flying saucer shaped thing in this picture is a damper on some supply ductwork. This allows a bladder to inflate and silently close off the duct when airflow is not needed or wanted (for sound isolation), and opens it when air circulation, heating, or cooling are necessary. The damper also ensures that just because some other part of the house needs heat, the furnace or air conditioning don't have to run in the studio.

Mic Pres/Outboard Gear

Classical Audio Products of Illinois VP26 (3)

DBX 160A (2)

Focusrite Voicemaster

Sytek MPX 4a with Burr Brown

Universal Audio 6176

Vintech Audio Dual 72

Vintech Audio X73 (2)



Audio Technica ATM-33r, AT-2035
Audix i5, D6
Beyer Dynamic M160 (2)
Beyer Dynamic M88
CAD M179 (3)
Cascade Fathead II (2)
Electro Voice RE-20
MXL 604e (3)
Neumann TLM 103
Oktava MC-012 (4)
Rode NT1-A
Shure SM-57 (2), Beta 52, SM7
Sennheiser e906, MD-421II (3)
Solomon Mics LoFreq
Custom Made contact mics

Hardware Synths

(Sam's Modular Synthesizer has it's own page)

Access Virus C

Casio CZ-101
Casio CZ-5000
Casio SK-1
Casio VZ-10m

Clavia Nord Rack 2
Clavia Nord Lead 3
Clavia Nord Micro Modular

E-mu Proteus 1+ Orchestral

Kawai K-1IIr
Kawai K-3

Korg MS-2000r
Korg Volca Keys

Kurzweil Micropiano

Novation Bass Station Rack

Oberheim Matrix 1000

Roland D-110
Roland JP-8000
Roland Juno 1
Roland Juno 2
Roland MC-202
Roland SC-55

Waldorf Micro Q
Waldorf Microwave XT|30

Yamaha DX-21
Yamaha FS1r
Yamaha TX-416