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Notes from the Field: Matt Wiewel's home studio

I love to solve acoustic problems for my clients.   I get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I can help coax an amazing sounding recording out of a simple home studio, without dropping thousands on materials and construction.   Matt Wiewel came to me after we connected at VOICE 2010 to consult him on various recording quandaries.  The first and most important thing we attacked was dialing in his home studio acoustics.  He had already taken strides to create a good sounding space, but I was able to point him in the right direction to find and place acoustical panels appropriately.  The end result was a huge improvement in sound quality, but since Matt isn't in Los Angeles, I never saw how exactly he implemented the solutions.

Check out the clever enclosure Matt constructed from PVC pipes, moving blankets, and ATS Acoustics panels.

I love the use of rope lights to add soft lighting that wastes zero space in the booth!  

Take a listen to this Audio Sample


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Reader Comments (4)

It's like the cone of silence in "Get Smart".

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve scellick

Slick! PVC is a wonderful material - like a grown-up Erector set. In my last house, space was at a premium, and my wife and I devised something very similar: a PVC frame, but instead of acoustic panels, we used some remnant sofa fabric and made "curtains" for panels. I threw an old, fluffy comforter on top for a roof, and voila! I used that booth for over a year. We've since moved, and now I have a walk-in closet that I've treated and use exclusively for a booth. I still have the PVC booth, though - we never glued it, so it turned out to be somewhat portable! We labeled all the parts so we could figure out how to reassemble it someday.

Great solution, Matt! I'm with you, George - I love seeing the result of creative minds at work. Thanks for sharing this, guys!

- John McLain

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn McLain

Thanks guys!

This has been a really fun project and I'm extremely happy with how it turned out. Some people have been asking where I got some of the other components, so I thought I would post that here.

PCV Connectors - 3 way corner, 4 way cross, 4 way Tee from
PCV Hinges - "Wing Clips" from
Moving Blankets - Producers Choice Oversized Sound Blankets from
PVC pipes, Clear Zip Ties and Rope Lights - Lowes
Remote Light Switch - Skylink WS-100/WS-100N Wireless Remote Control from

At George's suggestion, I also purchased a PCV cutter. I didn't even know they existed, and now could not live without one! No more piles of white PCV sawdust!


January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Wiewel

Drop a recorded sample from the booth in the dropbox, Matt! I don't have one, but via Skype it sounded excellent. I share it on the blog post.

January 20, 2011 | Registered CommenterGeorge Whittam
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