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ideal recording studio control room dimensions.
Posts: 4
September 29, 2016 - 9:09 am


Hi Dennis and members,

I am going to be building my next recording studio from the ground up. I am in the planning stages. I will be building a pole barn style building. Meaning rough cut lumber poles in holes and concrete.
I can pick virtualy any dimensions I want so please advise. I know 14′ is the minimum height.
I require symmetry as this control room will be not only for tacking but mixing and mastering too.
So far this design seems to be at least in the right direction.…..US406A.PDF

I want clients comfortable while they make recordings with me so a minimum length is probably 23 feet.
I’m interested in your thoughts. Thanks.

Posts: 4
September 29, 2016 - 6:38 pm


I’ve got a room ratio I like. 11.75 x 20.56 x 27.025.
My concern is that in order to get a 14 foot ceiling the room will be too big for a control room. Could you explain what I can expect if I use the room dimensions i just listed and then what I can expect if I raise the ceiling height to 12 feet or even the 14 feet that I have heard you recommend? Thank you

Posts: 559
September 30, 2016 - 8:13 am

Hi Rob, A ceiling height of 11.75′ will increase the amount of absorption below 100 Hz. throughout the floor to ceiling height area. i have been in 7 control rooms this week in Los Angeles and they all have 14′ ceilings.

Posts: 4
October 3, 2016 - 7:34 am


Thanks for your reply Dennis. Could you or have you already listed some of these studio’s control room dimensions. I understand you might not want to list their name with it.
In some of your videos you speak of an over 100 room data base. I haven’t been able to find it. Is it available to the members of the forum.
One more question: I did some room mode calculations based on 14 foot ceiling and found this ratio: 1 = 14′ Height 1.4 = 19′.6″ Width 1.9 = 26′.6 “Length
Does this seem, like a good design for a control room that will be used for tracking, mixing and mastering? How does it compare to the 7 you saw this week in Los Angeles?
Thanks Dennis

Posts: 559
October 3, 2016 - 9:29 am

Hi Rob, Our data base is proprietary and not available to the public. A 19′ w x 14′ h x 26 l is a good overall balance.

Posts: 4
October 3, 2016 - 7:13 pm


Thank you Dennis! Your suggestions for me to go from a 11.75 height to 14 is much appreciated! I look forward to watching more of your videos and learning about your products.

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