Music Studio Design/Build

The acoustics of a control / Live room is as crucial to a correct mix as the equipment used in the mixing and recording process. While various suppliers will sell you acoustic treatment panels, they can never be considered a substitute for a professionally designed and installed recording studio.

 

A professionally designed studio is a significant undertaking to deliver—Acoustic consultant and architects design it, a builder realises the design. While the result of this longwinded process may be satisfactory in the end, the costs and time involved can be overwhelming, and even highly skilled contractors may not understand the nuance of acoustic design.

 

What’s the alternative? Smart Studio.

The Smart Studio system, in a nutshell, is a modular approach to traditional studio delivery. Some of the many benefits offered are a fixed cost, a complete & warrantied delivery (inc electrics/lighting) and a quick and accurate program time (as little as two weeks for a room).

Crucial to Smart Studio is the experience of our acousticians (Working as part of acoustic consultancy iAcoustics), specialised in-house installation/production team, and modern production facility. 

To get this level of capability rolled in one, from design to delivery, is a real value proposition, one that gives peace of mind when investing in a new studio.

 

 

How much does a recording studio cost?

 

 

Our complete studio builds start from €30,000. Our cost per square metre is very competitive with high end studio builders. See our cost estimator for more detailed estimates. 

There are options to fund the installation of a Smart Studio through leasing; easing the short term capital demands of creating much larger long-term efficiencies. 

Is this kind of Studio necessary?

 

 

With Smart Studio, mixes can be finished faster and got right first time round. Mic placements can be found with ease (no more walking around the room clapping!). There’ll be no ambient noise ruining recordings. Crystal clear clarity for online streaming from the studio. The value of expensive outboard gear will be appreciated, not masked by poor acoustic treatment. Lift the veil on the low range and hear the detail. No more spare-bedroom acoustics!

Win more work and produce better sounding output. Serious audio professionals owe themselves a proper acoustic environment to create in.

The acousitcs

High Sound Insulation

Sound insulation is duly a concern for many embarking on the journey of building a professional studio. We have a DnTw room to room of 60. Here is a test conducted recently measure sound breakout room to hallway.

This test result was for a client recording heavy metal with lots of drums in a residential area in the inner city of Dublin. The customer loved the results.

Excellent Room Acoustics

 

Our rooms achieve a really flat response across the frequency spectrum. Our IOA qualified acousticians use advanced computer modelling to map room designs which are printed by our CNC router and installed by Smart Studio builders to achieve absolute consistency room to room, studio to studio.

Our rooms absorb low frequencies at the optimum level, so you’ll never have to put some ugly foam in the corner of the room to “trap” bass.  The room, as standard, gives you a space in which you can really hear your speakers and helps you avoid the dreaded “threshold shift”.

 While there are various suppliers who will sell you so called acoustic treatment panels (which do have a place in the audio world) they can never be considered a substitute for a professionally designed and installed recording studio.

 

Custom Interior Design

Fabrics

We have huge amount of colours available. We can send a sample swatch out to you when your choosing your colour scheme.

Studio windows

Wherever you want to put your acoustic windows , we design it as standard. 

Diffusion Panels

Our music studios feature a range of custom wall mounted diffusion panels to tune the room acoustics. We advise on the placement and requirement for these as standard, and there are a number of different designs and finishes available to choose from.

Flooring

We provide a choice of carpet or a wooden floor depending on the aesthetic requirements. Its also possible to specify whatever floor finish you want as an added extra easily. 

Lighting

We include dimmable LED lighting as standard with our Smart Studios. However, custom extras can be easily added at the design stage. 

Testimonials / Previous Music studio builds

Trinity College Dublin

The studios are used for a variety of post-grad courses ranging from contemporary music to sound design. Jimmy Eadie is a senior lecturer in Music & Media Technology in Trinity College, as well as a multi-award winning Sound Designer with acts such as the Crash Ensemble.

“They delivered on everything on time to a very high standard at good price. The guys at Smart Studio were extremely easy to work with and always took a can do approach in design and on-site. Great people who went the extra mile and delivered a project everyone is absolutely blown away with”

Leo Casserly - Owner, FLIX Facilities

Fairview Studio – Private Customer

A well known producer in Dublin contracted Smart Studio to build a live room and a control room. The result was an amazing sounding studio (test results above based on this).