Make Mine Music
The Personal Studio Comes of Age
By Khat Brooks
The digital age has brought on a lot of new forms of interactive entertainment, but not all of them center on game consoles and joysticks. The oldest interactive entertainment of all—making music—has also entered the digital age. The advent of inexpensive desktop recording hardware and software has made any spare corner of a bedroom or garage a potential hit factory, or at the very least, a place where your customers can unwind and have fun.
Because today's music-making gear is now so powerful and affordable, some of your customers will want you to help them design a space in their house or apartment for a home studio, whether for multimedia activity or audio recording. Naturally, they'll look to you, the A/V wunderkind that built them their home theater. With so much crossover in room design and acoustical components, there's no reason why you can't come to the rescue again. Because there are major differences in the basic studio's equipment, speaker placement, and application, and a home theater, A/V designers accustomed to home theater installs need at least a primer in studio design. After all, nobody wants to hear the kids banging on guitars and drums while the rest of the family watches a movie.
WHAT'S THE DEAL?
Audio One, a Nashville-based provider of studio design, installation, wiring, and digital audio solutions, has had its feet in both the recording studio and home-theater design markets for years. Founder and president David Frangioni started out in studio design and his innovation in surround sound brought him to the home theater front. While Frangioni has designed tons of private studios and systems for major artists like Ozzy Osbourne and Aerosmith, his craft leads him to all kinds of clients.
"What I've found in the home studio market is everything from clients who just want a basic set-up—a scratch pad for some ideas—to those wanting a studio for their kids, to hobbyists taking it to the next level, to people looking to make a statement with their studio," describes Frangioni. "Because these studios run the budgetary gamut, from a couple thousand dollars to a couple million, installers need to evaluate first of all whether the project's within their scope and what aspects of the project require the attention of someone else they can bring in."