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Archive for August 26th, 2010

Gino’s Big Adventure: Building a Personal Studio, Part 7

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Venting

As the interior walls of my studio were being packed with insulation, my contractor began installing the fresh-air ventilation system. One factor that many people forget to consider when designing a studio is airflow. It’s not just about how quiet a system is, but how efficiently it works.

You may find it surprising — though it’s obvious upon reflection — that in creating a nearly soundproof room, you are also creating an airtight space: Wherever air can enter, sound will enter as well. If you were to install and run a heating/cooling system in an airtight studio without supply and return vents, you’d pressurize the room in a dangerous way very quickly. Therefore you must find a quiet and efficient way to move air in and out of the room so you can work comfortably. more

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