How it was built; what the recording spaces look/sound like

Left is what it looked like before we started; centre is the concrete pad being laid; right is what it looks like now!
Johns Park Studio is near Exbourne, just north of Okehampton in West Devon, and is within the grounds of a Grade 2 listed property dating back to at least 1750. It's within easy reach of all parts of Devon via main roads such as the A30, A386 and A3072.
The studio was built during 2016/2017 and opened in August 2017.  It was conceived as a home cinema and was constructed on the footprint of an old 'warehouse' that had seen better days. The site is next to the A3072 which makes loading/unloading equipment very easy. There's plenty of parking too.
We had to keep road noise very low and that led us to build thick walls on a heavy duty floor pad and with a heavyweight roof.  It follows that, if you stop noise getting in then you're probably stopping noise getting out too, keeping the neighbours happy.
Pretty soon that led to us to the recording studio concept and my love of music took over. The cinema idea has not been forgotten however and we often host film shows here, including my own.
All internal walls are faced with 'resilient' cladding mounted on rubber blocks (see picture) that absorb acoustic energy before it ever reaches the concrete structure. This particularly suppresses the bass frequencies that plague most recording spaces. So, you'll not see any bass traps here!  And that saved a lot of cost!
We have designed the layout to ensure that the control room and the studio are as far from the road as possible. A lobby, a loo and a kitchen are roadside along at last half of the building, helping to isolate things even more. And the building is dug into a slope, making it 1 metre underground at the top end. That helps too!
Details of the resilient walls (left) and acoustic panels, including the famous egg boxes. Bottom right are some of the diffusion panels in the live end of the studio. These scatter acoustic energy to create an airier, 'larger', space
The recording space is divided into live and dry areas, separated by acoustic curtains that can either open up the full space or keep them separated. The dry area has side curtains and acoustic absorbing panels to control reflections, making it ideal for acoustic work such as vocals, VOs, guitars, violins, etc., especially when digital effects are going to be added.  Notice the egg cartons? I added them for fun since a) they were kindly donated by a friend and b) everyone told me all studios need them. Actually, they do work!
The live end meanwhile has diffusion panels to 'lighten up' the space and diminish any slap echoes or resonances. This makes the space seem much bigger and 'lighter', creating the right conditions for a more 'open' sound that's ideal for drums (especially cymbals mic'ed with C214 overheads), choirs etc. It's also good for acoustic work when a live sound is preferred.
All of which means we can handle more or less anything you can throw at us.
Musical styles usually dictate how a session is handled and there's plenty of flexibility.
The studio is connected by a short staircase to an old but solid garage that has been sited on this property for 40+ years. At time of writing this is not in a fit state to be used but during 2018 it will be turned into a Green Room where you can chill out between takes. It will also house my vinyl collection and some music memorabilia that I've picked up over the years. I might even put up some of my Tar Barrel pictures too ... but that's another story.
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