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Making of the Sound Recording Room Part #1

Finally, after months and months of clearing out the garage (it is incredible how much junk accumulates over 10 years), I have started to build the sound absorbing recording room. The sound room will finally enable me to record source material with as little reverb as possible and I've been putting off a lot of recording until I could finish this room.

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I'm making the room as a capsule in my garage with 120x45mm studs and joists. I will put double layer of plaster boards on the outsides and then fill the gaps with 120mm sound-absorbing insulation.



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I won't put any plasterboard on the inside walls because I want the sound to absorb right into the insulation but I will also be coating the inside with sound absorbing curtains and 80mm sound foam. That should keep the reverb to a minimum and my neighbors happy =)

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This morning I drove up to the local wood yard and bought wood for the frame. I ended up getting 22x4.5m 120x95mm and 10x3.0m 120x95mm beams. Managed to negotiate a 23% discount which I was happy about. They also served free coffee!

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Two of my kids came out to help me screwing down some foam on the wood beams that would be facing down - this is to prevent any moisture from creeping up into the framework and also to give a good seal to the floor if there are any uneven areas. The title of the picture is wrong, I don't think it can be classed as child labor because I didn't pay them anything =)

[caption id="attachment_361" align="alignleft" width="300"]Base Corners Base Corners[/caption]My kids quickly abandoned me to watch Pippi Longstocking instead and I moved ahead by screwing together the base frame. I use L-plates on the insides and two long 180mm screws for additional strength. This will be laying on the floor anyway so it's not all that important.

[caption id="attachment_363" align="alignright" width="300"]Base Done Base Done[/caption]Base was done fairly rapidly, so far so good. Now my wife and kids wanted to go for a "fika" (coffee/drink and cake) so we drove off for a couple of hours. I had coffee and a danish, well worth a 1.5 hour return trip drive on icy roads? Well, the company was great and the kids had pancakes.

Darkness fell (sun goes down early here during the winter) and I moved ahead and built another identical frame (without the foam) to go on top. I also cut the vertical studs to length. While doing this I listened to Skeptics Guide to the Universe which is a great science and critical thinking podcast that's been running for 10 years now (500 episodes) - I can highly recommend the podcast.

[caption id="attachment_368" align="alignright" width="300"]Spectator Spectator[/caption]Another spectator, my 7-month old daughter, showed up for a while too. She refused to help me even the slightest little bit but she gave off some sounds that I was unable to determine if it was in favor of my construction work or not. When the room is finished she'll be put in it so I can record a lot of baby sounds anyway so she'll come to some use after all!

[caption id="attachment_369" align="alignleft" width="300"]Today's Progress Today's Progress[/caption]This is where I'm up to after today. The framework is coming along nicely and I'll be putting plasterboards up where I've put up the studs because I then need to push the whole contraption into the corner hoping it's not too heavy by then. I'll get there somehow and I can't wait to finally finish off the recording room so I can get cracking with the backlog of sounds I've been writing down for the past months.

IMG_9142The rest of the garage is still a mess but when the room is finished I should be able to get that in decent order too. Tomorrow I have to go to my normal day-job but hopefully I'll have some energy to keep on building in the evenings now that I'm finally off to a good start.

CONTINUE TO PART 2

Track 23 – Himalaya [Chill Out Remix] – Imphenzia 1 Track Per Day Release Marathon

UPDATE: This track has been removed from SoundCloud - you can still get it from http://music.imphenzia.com.

Welcome to my complete 1 track per day #Imphenzia release marathon. Every day until I run out of tracks I will release one of my tracks as a free download and write some history behind it.

If you like my music, if you want to support it, and if you don’t want to wait for the entire marathon to finish – you can download all my music as MP3 and FLAC files from http://music.imphenzia.com for what you think it is worth ($2 – $50) – there are 109 tracks to grab =)

I didn't get swamped in e-mails and sly comments as I missed to release a track yesterday. Phew. I was working away on the firework sound effects I collected during new years eve for my www.universalsoundfx.com - 247 sounds at 192 kHz and over 4 GB was the result. I sat up until 4:30 AM and realized it was my turn to get up with the kids in the morning so I decided to go to bed instead. Finally.

Himalaya [Chill Out Remix], released 1 January 2002, was the first ever slow edit of a trance track I released. I had made some calm tracks previously, like Departure and Shadow Keeper, but not an alternative version of a fast paced track. This was the start of something new and it finally resulted in the release of a full album of edits called Chillout released in 2011:



I personally enjoy this chillout edit and even though it was my first it's one of my favorites. It has a really calm relaxing beat and I was using some new DSP synths on my Creamware Pulsar 2 sound card that I had purchased for I think about £2500 back in 2001. Crazy. I still have that sound card and it's collecting dust in my drawer because I don't have any external gear now and the DSP synths are a outdated compared to the powerful VST instruments I now use. The soft pads came from my Yamaha CS6R rack module.

This track was also featured in my game Beat Ball and following the release of Beat Ball in a German gaming magazine the game, this track, and other tracks included in the game received great feedback.

You can follow me and the rest of this track release marathon on twitter: @Imphenzia

Track 22 – I Am Imphenzia – Imphenzia 1 Track Per Day Release Marathon

UPDATE: This track has been removed from SoundCloud - you can still get it from http://music.imphenzia.com.

Welcome to my complete 1 track per day #Imphenzia release marathon. Every day until I run out of tracks I will release one of my tracks as a free download and write some history behind it.

If you like my music, if you want to support it, and if you don’t want to wait for the entire marathon to finish – you can download all my music as MP3 and FLAC files from http://music.imphenzia.com for what you think it is worth ($2 – $50) – there are 109 tracks to grab =)

I Am Imphenzia was released 1st February 2012 and I made it specifically to work with a 3D video I was making at the time. I spend a long time modelling and rigging my alien in 3D software and then rendering and post processing video to make some visuals for the track. After throwing hours and hours on this I realized that it may not be worth the time I was putting in so in the end I decided to call it off and release what I had made so far - this was the result:



It wasn't wasted time though. I learned a lot about 3D modelling techniques, character skinning and rigging, character animation, cloth simulation, smoke simulation, crowd simulation, and post processing of video. Everything I learned is very handy for gamedev and creating assets and videos so in the end it turned out to be time well spent even if the video itself isn't all that amazing =)

The name I Am Imphenzia was chosen since it was the first time my logo alien would take the 3D shape of a character. The track also represents the true essence of Imphenzia which is the atmospheric oldschool trance I make. I've also made a relaxed chillout edit of this track that I'm very happy with.

I Am Imphenzia is the title track of the "Best Of" album with the same name released in 2012. This album features what I think are my best tracks over the 16 year existence of Imphenzia.

You can follow me and the rest of this track release marathon on twitter: @Imphenzia

Track 21 – Afterimage – Imphenzia 1 Track Per Day Release Marathon

UPDATE: This track has been removed from SoundCloud - you can still get it from http://music.imphenzia.com.

Welcome to my complete 1 track per day #Imphenzia release marathon. Every day until I run out of tracks I will release one of my tracks as a free download and write some history behind it.

If you like my music, if you want to support it, and if you don’t want to wait for the entire marathon to finish – you can download all my music as MP3 and FLAC files from http://music.imphenzia.com for what you think it is worth ($2 – $50) – there are 109 tracks to grab =)

Afterimage was 4th February 2012 and it's an atmospheric trance track with an airy piano melody. When making this track I ended up in somewhat of a dead lock because when I made the initial melodic loop in Cubase I struggled for quite some time as I didn't know how to tie it together to a full track. In the end I forced it into full length but I ended up repeating the melody over and over again as I couldn't find another way forward. I think it still shows in the track and every time I listen to it I get annoyed at the fact that the melody is looping over... and over... and over... and over again. In the end I just faded out the thing and released it =)

The name, Afterimage, was inspired by the experience you have after starring into a bright light for a while and then the image of that light stays present even when you look away or close your eyes. This track had that impact on my but from an audio perspective. When I turn of the track I still hear it looping away in my mind. Not too sure it's a pleasant experience! Afterimage is not among my favorite tracks but I do like the airy atmosphere in it.

Oh how well this description promotes my music =) You can follow me and the rest of this track release marathon on twitter: @Imphenzia

Track 20 – Aura of the Alien [Piano] – Imphenzia 1 Track Per Day Release Marathon

UPDATE: This track has been removed from SoundCloud - you can still get it from http://music.imphenzia.com.

Welcome to my complete 1 track per day #Imphenzia release marathon. Every day until I run out of tracks I will release one of my tracks as a free download and write some history behind it.

If you like my music, if you want to support it, and if you don’t want to wait for the entire marathon to finish – you can download all my music as MP3 and FLAC files from http://music.imphenzia.com for what you think it is worth ($2 – $50) – there are 109 tracks to grab =)

This is the Piano version of Aura of the Alien. I recorded it on my Roland FP7 stage piano but the actual audio is from the East West Quantum Leap Gold library. I also added some soft strings in this version but the piano has main focus throughout the track. The piano version has a Moonlight Sonata beginning which I for some reason link to space - I'm not sure if there was a space game or movie that featured that track.

I released it 18th April 2010 and it's featured on the Piano album from 2013. Other than that there is not much to say about this track. I hope you enjoy it even if it's not my normal electronic stuff =)

You can follow me and the rest of this track release marathon on twitter: @Imphenzia