Home Recording Studio, Build It Like the Pros by Rod Gervais
The reason that I have decided to write review of this book is that I like the book.
The author Rod Gervais clearly knows what he is talking about. He covers in detail all aspects of building a home recording studio.
Chapter 1 – examples of home recording studios
The author describes several studios that clearly look more like professional studios than home recording studios, but they are an interesting illustration. He also stresses that building a home recording studio successfully means that one cannot take shortcuts. Sometimes what seems like a minor deviation from building instructions will have large effect on the final soundproofing result. He also covers pros and cons of doing it yourself, or hiring a contractor for construction.
Chapter 2 – acoustic concepts
The author explains succinctly key acoustical concepts that a studio builder must know. It covers such concepts as frequency, wavelength, room modes, flutter echo, comb filtering, stereo imaging and room sizes.
Chapter 3 – basic sound isolation technique for home recording studio
The author talks about basic isolation techniques and concepts, and also mentions mistakes people sometimes make.
Chapter 4 - construction details of home recording studio
This chapter explains how to build floating concrete slab floor and explains why wood deck is usually not adequate. The author then describes many details of wall, floor and ceiling assemblies.
Chapter 5 – soundproof doors and windows
The author talks about soundproof windows and doors and provides detailed instructions how to build them. He provides instructions how to build a very strongly soundproofed door.
Chapter 6 – electrical design for home recording studio
This chapter covers electrical and electronic considerations that are important for proper functioning of home recording studio.
Chapter 7 – ventilation, heating and cooling
The author describes relevant HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) design concepts in detail. I think that this chapter has far too many technical details for a do-it-yourself handyman to successfully implement without an HVAC contractor. On the other hand, HVAC contractors usually do not pay enough attention to noise issues, so they will need supervision in this area.
In conclusion, the second and third chapters of his book provide an interesting overview of building acoustics. Bulk of this book covers detailed instructions for building required sound proof assemblies. Chapters dealing with electrical issues and HVAC are too detailed for average do-it-yourself handyman. They are intended for the knowledgeable and dedicated home recording studio builders.
Chapters that deal with sound isolation issues have more general application for other noise critical situations (home theater rooms, music practice rooms, etc.). Therefore this book is a useful and educational reading for anyone interested in soundproofing construction.