I’ve got an opportunity to take over a flat in my building as a music & studio space. I’m in the process of sorting through how to best layout and use the space. So I thought it made sense to ask folks here for their thoughts.
I’m not looking to create a space like a commercially available studio. Rather an arts & musical oriented clubhouse - a playroom of sorts. A place for interactions and happy accidents.
Below are some floorplans showing the two orientations for locating the desk that I’m considering. The classic setup would be to use the bedroom as a Control Room. But I don’t really like that as it establishes a barrier between the desk and musicians - although I’m open to reconsidering. Also I can’t put a window between the rooms. That could be solved by video monitors - but that would also increase the separation.
My current faves are Facing the Room and Back to the Room. With the Back to the Room I’d be looking away from where the musicians are. But it would also be easy get up and join in. With Facing the Room I’d be facing the musicians and able to see them. Although that is partially blocked by the monitors - both audio and display. It would also be a little bit harder to get up and join in.
I think the desk orientation is the first key decision I need to make. But I’m interested in ideas on using the entire space. How to best use the bedroom area? I’m pretty sure a small guitar amp will find a home in the bathtub. Also looking forward to opening a kitchen cupboard to a bunch of mic cases instead of cereal boxes.