Tinfoil Hats & Warning Lights

A quick update on the PDX studio build. Most of the recent work was continued electrical pre-wiring that ends up not being very visible. One of the runs is a low-voltage connection to a cool retro “recording” sign care of Light Me Up Signs on Etsy.


However, there are a couple things that you can see…

Shake Rattle and Roll

That’s right, we get earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest! One of the projects in our overall remodel was to do a seismic retrofit to remediate a 2′ course of brick separating our concrete foundation from the wood-framing of the house above. This is accomplished, in part, by the plywood sheeting you see below.


Can You Hear Me Now?

The first and most basic of sound treatments are starting to go in – a layer of batt insulation. Next up are the iso clips and 3 layers of 5/8″ drywall on all the walls, to be followed with various acoustical treatments on each surface.


Tinfoil Hat!

One thing that plagues our current studio is EMI from a nearby power transformer. We had our PDX site tested and found it to be better, but still worth addressing during our ground-up build process.

Our EMI abatement solution was designed by Howard at Pro Audio Engineering. As the drywall goes in, we will be applying a combination of metallic paint and stainless steel sheeting, tied together with a copper grounding strip. This will create a Faraday cage around the perimeter of the studio. We have also transformer isolated the studio power from the main house power to minimize interference injected into the studio

I’m so looking forward to the day when I no longer have to “aim” my guitar to get rid of that nasty buzzing!

Stay tuned for more progress updates!

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