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The Studio Business Book: A Guide to Professional Recording Studio Business and Management, Third Edition by Jim Mandell, Mitch Gallagher

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The Media Vault

The term “vault” originally came from the old film-studio libraries, which really were bank-type vaults. Nowadays, “library” is used just as often, though some of the older recording facilities still do have 500-pound doors that open into lead-lined storage rooms.

You can get pretty much the same effect with a locking steel office-supply closet, which is useful for client media in current use. But any studio that’s been in business for a while quickly builds up a need for a room (or at least an expanse of wall) to act as a storage facility. One way to maximize the use of space is to build floor-to-ceiling shelves against three of the walls and use the fourth as the corner for a simple shop bench or storage area. That way, until ...

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