Chapter 1

Isolation shells

There is no space that absolutely cannot be used as a recording studio, so long as it is not subject to any permanent extraneous noises which would intrude upon the recordings. This fact is well borne out in the 1990s by the number of garages, bedrooms, attics, garden sheds and other spaces which are used as studios, sometimes even commercially. So why should we go to great lengths to design and construct a purpose-built studio? Well, the above spaces may suffice for a restricted type of recording, during limited periods of time, or with a limited range of musicians, but they are not usually suitable for high quality work over a wide spectrum of music and instrumentation.

1.1  Basic requirements

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