Sussex Studio for Damian Montagu
Comments from Damian Montagu and Niall Acott:
Damian - "As you know I am thrilled with the results. The piano tuner has never heard a better room acoustic in his long career!
We recorded Ed Seed (signed to Domino) in here a month or so ago, and the results speak for themselves. Beautiful clarity in the recordings, drums sound magnificent and there was very little to EQ due to the honesty (can I say that?!) of the room.
The control room is not presenting a single acoustic issue. Your insistence on visiting a 3rd time to check for nasty bass trap areas paid-off and the treatment put in seems to have completely eradicated any bass trapping spots."
Niall John Acott - "Vocal booth is amazing. Can't believe you managed that. Live room also fab, will record something this eve with ambience mics. Thanks so much. Niall."
DACS was brought into this studio relatively well on into the refurbishment process. The site was an old stone/timber barn. The aim was twofold:
- To make the studio eco friendly; carbon neutral as far as possible
- To retain the feel of the original structure
Background noise was not considered an issue, as the site is very quiet. The main aim was to provide very good acoustics in all the spaces, to provide good isolation between the control and live room, and to provide a booth that was well isolated from both the internal spaces and the outside.
We achieved most of this in the live room using the eco Batts with a thermally isolating stud structure, supplemented with additonal materials and a large quadratic residue diffuser on the end ceiling.
In the control room we used angled glass and matching mirror on the opposite wall to retain symmetry and liveliness in the space. The isolation booth was very well controlled to remove any boxiness, and to be fairly dead.
DACS also advised on electrical systems to provide a low noise supply with low impedance earthing and spike protection.