Where’d the Morning Go???!!!

Dave Adventures, Cracked Up (Blog), Engineering, Music/Audio, Personal 2 Comments

Note to self:

[quote]Designing new studio is way too much freakin’ fun! Ensure to remember design euphoria when building and finishing in physical space.[/quote]


A few posts back, I wrote about some awesome-sauce news I got from my wife – taking over the “shed” for a studio. Well, that’s still on, and we’re in the beginning stages of logistics of shuffling items around.  I tried to describe the “shed” in the post, but I’m sure it wasn’t enough to get a mental picture out there.

Actually, I think I might as well use a more “appropriate” moniker for the studio. How ’bout the “INCUBATOR

Ha! I can’t tell you how much fun it is to have a last name like mine and be able to not take it too seriously. 😉

I’ve taken a few photos of what I’m starting with:

Outside of the “Incubator”

Inside the “Incubator”


Obviously, there’s a lot of stuff that has to come out, and there’s a lot of stuff that needs to be brought in.

I’m going to be leaving a lot of the “finish” (or lack of it) that’s there, but I’ll be hanging some absorption and diffusion in the space as well as some choice posters and pictures… and toys of course!

There’s a lot of things on the “to-do” list to make this space studio-worthy, but I’ll save all of that for another post. I don’t want to put a bummer spin on my mood quite yet…

The Virtual “Incubator”

As I believe most geeks would do, I started to dream of all the possibilities of this room. It’s a fantastic space for what I do in my studio – it’s 12′ x 20′ inside with a peaked roof running along the length (you can see this in the pictures above). The roof meets the walls at about 7′ 2″ while the peak is 10′ off the floor.

I started taking measurements to get dimensions and start the shopping list for sound absorption and sound diffusion things and then I got an idea!

[quote]I’ve got all the crucial measurements.  It’d be cool to be able to “imagineer” the space on the computer …

I wonder if there’s something out there that I can twiddle with and quickly see what it might look like with all these ideas I’ve got in my head.[/quote]

The Search for CAD

I started looking around for CAD, design, architecture, etc. tools using Google – coming up with a lot of solutions that were pricey and/or complicated to learn, but then I came across a link to an app that Google had developed called “SketchUp“. I’d never heard about it before, but it looks as though it’s been around for a few years.

I downloaded the app and started playing around with it … eventually convincing myself that I needed to watch a few of the instructional videos online.

Within a half-hour, I had the basics and was off and running: putting up walls, cutting out doors, placing beams  … got the structure down pat.

Next I had to fill the room – and this is where it got WAY too much fun.

Share, Share, Share

There’s a button on the toolbar labeled “Get Models”. Clicking on this brings you to a library of structures and items that folks have drawn using SketchUp … to scale.

I started looking for desks … and came up with a list of thousands.

I then typed in “Ikea Desk” and holy cheese-doodles, there was my Ikea Jerker Computer Desk – modeled out to scale! Click “Download Model” and badda-bing, it’s in the space, ready to be positioned.

Well, you can imagine what happened next:

  • Double 24″ widescreen monitors – check!
  • Adam A7 monitors – check!
  • Event 20/20 monitors – check!
  • M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 – check!
  • Sound absorption pannels – check!
  • Snazy rug – check!
  • Cameo appearance of Lara Croft in studio – check!

There’s a lot more that I want to put in there – guitars, racks, other furniture, mic stands, and more absorption / diffusion, but I realized that I’d already spent way too much time on the design for one day.

So, this is what I have so far …


This is going to be fun…

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