Studio Maintenance Desks

The Studio Maintenance and Administration Desks

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Maintaining a Working Professional Studio:

There are a lot of studio requirements that are hidden to the entry level musician looking to record their musical ideas.

A question you need to honestly answer: “Why do you want a Home Studio?”

Answer:
“In my mind there are three answers to that question and the answer you should chose is based on your commitment to expanding your knowledge base and your financial commitment”:

1. I just want to create simple recordings of my music to play for friends and family
----- Lowest Cost: Lowest skill set requirement, and lowest commitment
2. I want to create recordings that represent my creative thoughts well enough to take into a better studio: “Demo Recordings”
----- Medium Cost Commitment: Higher skill set requirement and commitment
3. I want to create professional music, and possibly video, productions that are “Radio Quality”
----- Highest Cost “Money Pit” Commitment: Detailed in all of these Architecture sections

Power:
• The Cave Studio uses two apartment circuit 15-amp breakers: One for the Guitar Amps and one for all the other equipment
• Power Conditioners and Isolated Surge Protection distributed strips: Two Professional Power Conditioners and Four Isolation Surge Protection power strips
• Pedalboard Power Supplies: Nine high quality pedalboard power supplies to power seven pedalboards with low noise isolated distributed DC power

Signal Distribution Management:
• Three active and isolated guitar signal distribution boxes
• Maintains the high frequencies and lowers the cable noise to amps and direct in DAW signals
• Manages 60 cycle hum caused from ground loops
• Long unbalanced cable run management using balance line conversion devices

These are just a few of the “hidden” costs that you will encounter with selecting option 3 above.

If you have the money, are willing to learn new things, and have the dedication to building a quality environment to capture your creative work, then do not let the facts stop you from taking the Professional Studio Journey.

It is worth every penny, every minute, and every successful challenge that you overcome when you see the reaction to your musical work on your listeners faces.

If you feel that you cannot do it by yourself: GET A PARTNER!

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Guitar and Studio Maintenance Desks:

In addition to your recording desk, you will need an area to maintain your instruments, amplifiers, and pedalboard(s).

To the right of the studio desk is the “Acoustic Desk”.
This desk has two studio roles:
1. Instrument and equipment repair such as guitar restringing, setup, and repair
2. General session recording of acoustic guitar, vocals, and dialog tracks

To the left of the studio desk is the “Administration and Studio Infrastructure Desk”
This desk serves two roles as well for the Cave Studio:
1. Supports the IOS devices: iPad Pro and its video monitor and an iPhone
2. Studio infrastructure equipment:
----- A cable modem for the 1 GIG high speed Internet connection and
----- A “Internet” phone system
----- An Amazon Alexa for voice activated Internet information services
----- Various miscellaneous studio support items such as paper pads, pens, guitar pics, flashlights, etc.

These areas can be in your studio environment or in other rooms but do plan for an area to do the work shown above.

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Acoustic Recording Desk:

As stated above, the desk to the right of the studio console desk, the Acoustic Desk, serves two roles:
1. Instrument and equipment repair such as guitar restringing, setup, and repair
2. General session recording of acoustic guitar, vocals, and dialog tracks

As the Acoustic Desk, it is used to stereo mic acoustic instruments such as the acoustic guitars, percussion instruments, and special effects for video productions.

It is also the area for recording Vocals and Dialog using the Gobos as sound absorption walls and bass traps.

The PreSonus Central Station remote control device, along with a wireless mouse and keyboard set, enable tracking from the desk when recording alone.

As shown in the image above, the primary microphones for recording the Taylor 814ce acoustic guitar are the Royer R-121 and R-10 ribbon microphones.

The mics are gain staged using the Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-e preamp, compressor, and saturator and the Heritage Audio HA-73 EQ Neve 1073 channel strip emulator.

After tone conditioning, the stereo signal is sent to the MOTU 8pre-es DAW Interface bypassing the mic preamps.

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Administration and Infrastructure Desk:

As stated above, to the left of the studio desk is the “Administration and Studio Infrastructure Desk”

This desk serves two roles as well for the Cave Studio:
1. Supports the IOS devices: iPad Pro and its video monitor and an iPhone
2. Studio infrastructure equipment:
----- A cable modem for the 1 GIG high speed Internet connection and
----- A “Internet” phone system
----- An Amazon Alexa for voice activated Internet information services
----- Various miscellaneous studio support items such as paper pads, pens, guitar pics, flashlights, etc.