There I was, wandering lonely as a cloud in Aylesbury Vale in leafy England, when I spotted this building (pictured). Some might call it an old ruin, of which England has many, but the first thought that came to my mind was that it would make a perfect recording studio!
Oddly enough, what people in England don't tend to do with old buildings like this is knock them down and build a new one. They lovingly restore them, keeping as much of the original as possible, and replacing what is missing or unrepairable with new work that is stylistically in keeping with the old. Indeed, the local council might insist on it.
This building has several features that make it perfect for a personal recording studio. Firstly, it is a good size. I didn't measure it but I would guess it is around eight meters by fifteen. That's twenty-six feet by forty-nine feet in old money. (A prize* to the first non-Brit who can explain what 'in old money' means!)
You need a building that is quite a bit bigger than the space you intend to use. Some of the internal volume will be taken up with soundproofing – allow around 60 cm or so on each wall. You will also need kitchen and toilet facilities.
Another feature is that the building seems to be on agricultural land. Planning (zoning) requirements limit the range of uses buildings can be put to, but since farming isn't all that different to recording in terms of its impact on the neighborhood, it would almost certainly be possible to get approval for a change of use. And recording isn't smelly.
Being separated by some distance from other buildings is a great plus for soundproofing. Soundproofing using heavyweight building materials is expensive; soundproofing by being in a remote location is free.
The location is superb. Aylesbury Vale might not be the Grand Canyon in terms of its scenic beauty, but it is certainly very pleasant indeed. You need breaks during recording, and what could be better than a stroll outside in the fresh air?
So, over to you. Send in your photos of your recording studio building, taken from the outside (). Tell us about yourself and what you do in there, and of course how the studio was built or converted, in around 400-500 words, and you will have your own page on Audio Masterclass.
*The prize is a free subscription to the Audio Masterclass Newsletter!
Update: We now have an answer from Frank Siler of the USA:
I would like to try for the prize in explaining the “old money” reference (I'm an American so I hope I qualify as a sufficiently separated colony). Formerly there were 240p to one Pound Sterling; however decimalization took place and now the Pound is 100p, just as there are 100 cents to Euros and American dollars. Cheers, Frank
Well done Frank! (And roll on the Euro!)