About a year ago, Matt started a Forum Post asking for Recording Studio DIY Projects and Ideas................
Having been doing that kind of thing for quite a few years, I responded briefly but not as in depth as I could have as my website and many photos of projects I've done was in the process of moving from Verizon to GoDaddy.
With Family, Teenagers and the many other time requiring and sometimes insane ;-) events in life, it's taken me this long to get www.homestudioguy.com back up and running.
Since that March 22, 2011 post is just shy of a year old and veers off topic a time or two, I've decided to start a new post with that topic in mind, now with the ability to contribute, share some ideas and provide "links".
I don't know if this quite fits the topic but in 1967-68, I took apart my Dad's Reel to Reel Recorder and reassembled it and even with a few screws left over it worked well for many many years ;-).
In 2003? I designed, then had manufactured, a stand that tilts ART Tube MPs and it's Behringer, dbx, and other look-alikes, up towards the user for easier use and visibility.
I dont remember the Patent Applied For # but it is in the US Patent Library somewhere.
I also built a wood/metal version of it for my Alesis SR16 Drum Machine and another for my Tube MP.
I don't remember the exact cost but $10 each for the wood/metal units comes to mind.
Photos of these are on my www.homestudioguy.com website.
In 2005/6, I designed and built a 2-level "Stealth Bomber" looking DIY Workstation/Desk FOR ONLY $80 that allows for 24-Rack-Spaces and had a ton of room for my equipment.
This desk was featured in the DIY Magazine "MAKE" and considered for a DIY Article in "Recording Magazine" By Editors L.Rychter and M.Metlay,
However, after seeing the 14 pages of photos and build instruction Rychter and Metlay said that the article would take up all the print space in one entire issue!
This desk is on my www.homestudioguy.com website and the plans are available.
In 2007, I designed and built a pair of $10 Monitor Stands to get my Studio Audio Monitors up to my personal ear height for acoustically correct listening.
The design and build is not Rocket Science, but, for someone on a low-budget, it can be a great help, it gets your speakers up to YOUR ear height and can buy you some time to save for "Rocket Science" stands.
These $10 monitor stands AND BUILD INFO/PHOTOS are on my www.homestudioguy.com website for you to use if you wish.
In 2009, I designed and built another 2-level recording studio workstation/desk FOR ONLY $50 that has caught the attention of people from all over the world.
The desktop on this is 60" wide and 24" deep and the upper level monitor shelf is 72" wide and 12" deep and currently 3 sets of audio monitors and a 22" widescreen computer video monitor.
This desk can be see on my www.homestudioguy.com website and the plans are available.
In 2009, I designed and built a 24-space, 48"high, 16"deep angled equipment rack cabinet for my rack equipment and rackmount recording computer.
I can say that it cost next to nothing as I had some extra solid oak wood left over from a project so all I had to do was buy the rack rail, the swivel casters, some screws.
However, to build it today with lower cost solid wood pine panels, it would cost about $100.
There is a photo or 2 of this on my www.homestudioguy.com website and the plans are forthcoming.
In 2009, I bought 6 "naked" acoustic panels of Owens Corning 703 compressed fiberglass and wrapped them.
I then designed and built a mounting system for each OC-703 panel FOR ONLY $10 that allows the panel to portrude about 4" away from the wall and only covers 32 of 2304 square inches of the panel allowing for maximum acoustic efficiency of each.
This Acoustic Panel Mounting System was featured, for quite a few years, on the ATS Acoustics Website.
There is a photo or 2 of this on my www.homestudioguy.com website.
I built another unit in February 2012 and took a zillion build process photos and those plans are forthcoming.
In 2010, I saw a set of multi-depth acoustic panels on a Roland Website Page where the primary acoustic material used appeared to be 2" thick 12" X 12" "Auralex-Wedgies", so I came up with a design that emulated what I saw and built a set of 3-panels for my studio.
With the cost of the 12" X 12" Wedgies at $2.30 EACH at that time, each panel cost me about $30 each to build.
These panels help with diffusion and absorption plus they act in a minor capacity as "high pass filters" as I used standard 1/4 inch Peg Board to attach the "Wedgies" to.
These $30 Acoustic Panels AND BUILD INFO/PHOTOS are on my www.homestudioguy.com website for you to use if you wish.
In January 2012, I designed and built a $70 12-space rack cabinet with a flat top for my "turntable" and storage space for my small vinyl LP collection.
It now houses my rackmount recording computer along with my dual-well cassette player/recorder to give it that old analog/retro look.
I took a zillion build process photos of this as well and those plans are forthcoming too.
However, you can see photos of this on my www.homestduioguy.com website.
(FYI, I am a former Professional Symphony Orchestra and Freelance Union Hall Trombonist who has played with the Canadian Brass, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Judy Collins, Carol Lawrence, George Shearing, Ringling Brothers and Shrine Circuses, Ice Shows, Broadway Show Productions, done recording work, and much more.
PLUS! I have Tools and I am not afraid to use them ;-)
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