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Wednesday
May302012

Rick Robles Home Voiceover Studio Renovation

As of September 2009, Rick's custom studio in his Hollywood Hills home has been completed. Rick decided it was time to upgrade from using the Whisper Room booth to converting his entire office into a recording studio. He is now able to sit comfortably at his desk and record his reads without being confined to a small booth.

The technology in Rick's studio has remained virtually unchanged since first assembled in 2005.  Crucial was the ability for Rick to continue working from his studio during construction.  We moved his trusty Whisper Room to another part of the home, and reconnected the equipment to make the process as seamless as possible for him.  In just 6 hours, his studio was back up in temporary fashion, but nonetheless completely functional.  

The room had an extra layer of drywall and Green Glue added to many surfaces to reduce noise from the HVAC system on the other side of one wall.  The room's entryway, previously open, was framed in and a heavy door installed.  A mini-split air-conditioning unit went in over the doorway, which was chosen for it's nearly silent operation and effective cooling.  Construction services were provided by James Nail Construction.

After painting and carpeting, the acoustic paneling went up on the walls and ceiling.  Combined with the large, custom sofa and drapery, the resulting acoustical properties compliment Rick's voice and mic combination nicely. Not dead sounding as a Whisper Room, but not too live to distract, the sound is even and natural.  

This studio has a few unique features as requested by Rick. He can choose to work at a seated position mic, or at the press of a button, switch to a standing height position mic for different types of reads.  To create a clean look to the studio, we relocated the telephone, ethernet, and power jacks to the floor below the equipment rack under the desk.  The desk is set 2' feet from the window and one can walk completely around it without any cables crossing the walkway.  

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