Rather than bringing in a general contractor to work out the construction and final implementation of Dan and Renae Peters' new Citywalk Studios (Branson, Mo.), Mark Owen, the studio's executive producer, relied on his previous construction experience to do the job himself. To build out the 16×28-foot recording room (below, right), a control room of roughly the same size (left) and a 10×10-foot iso booth, Owen purchased construction and acoustic products from Auralex and worked with Magic Audio, a design firm based in Orlando.
Auralex provided U-Boat floor floaters, SheetBlok sound barrier, mineral-fiber acoustic insulation and RC-8 — resilient channel. All three rooms use U-Boats to float the floors, and no room is physically connected to the others by any solid material. The walls are decoupled from the floors by two layers of SheetBlok. An exterior layer of sheetrock with the seams caulked surrounds the outside of each room and acts as a backing layer for the mineral-fiber insulation. A framework layer of Auralex RC-8 channel decouples the inner-wall sandwich (⅝-inch sheetrock, SheetBlok, ⅝-inch sheetrock) from the rest of the structure and provides an additional inch of dead air space.
Owen then brought in Auralex ELiTE Series acoustical products to tune the room and give it a polished, professional look. “I have to say that the room sounds amazing,” Owen said. “Auralex gave us outstanding support. During the eight months we spent putting the facility together, we talked to them about once a week, and they had all the right answers to the questions we threw their way.”
All of the gear is housed in desks and racks custom-built by Sound Construction and Supply (Nashville).