Week 164 (Glass Diffusors)

Last week was all about getting the console commissioned. This week was all about getting the rest of the Control Room finished, notably the glass diffusors.  Two years ago this month I published a posting titled “A prototype” and this week that prototype became an actual installation.  The prototype:


The final result:

Their amazing beauty is not easily obtained…

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Week 163 (Commissioning the API Vision)

Nearly three months ago we chose the week of February 14th as the date for commissioning our API Vision console.  And every day since then had been a sprint to get ready for that date.  Along the way we hit innumerable obstacles, and every time we needed a do-over, we’d have to redouble our efforts to make that schedule.  But on February 14th, we had enough pieces in place to begin the process we’d been anticipating for literally years.  After one last look at the holes in our Control Room,

it was time to take off the wrap and see the beast:

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Week 162 (Prep for API Console)

If this blog posting appears to be a little bit late, it’s because last week was a long week.  Nevertheless, the preparations were successful, and so here are the construction photos for the last bit of work before installing the console.

To finish the Music Room, we had to install our swining “bifusor” panels.  These panels are diffusive on one side and absorptive on the other.  Here you can see the diffusive side:


The fit, finish, and operation of the panels is, like everything else in the studio, a delight to the eye and a joy to touch.  And it was good exercise lifting them into position…

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Week 161 (Control Room Window)

One of the great milestones in the construction of any recording studio is the installation of the Control Room window.  We have now achieved that milestone:

The physical properties of the glass are impressive.  Pictured above, the 4′ x 14′ outer plate is 1/2″ thick and weighs nearly 400 lbs.  On the Control Room side, below, the 4′ x 8′ plate is 3/4″ thick and weighs more than 330 lbs. It all looks nice and clean now, but getting everything in place was not easy…

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