In the planning phase for over two years, construction of a vastly improved Baked Beans Recording Studio was completed in 2008,
after 14 years in our prior location.
The facility is located on a dead-end road on a high hill top with panoramic views of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
A great deal of research went into the acoustic design of this building.
-a main room measuring 26' x 30' with a 13' 6" vaulted ceiling,
-two isolation rooms, each measuring 7' x 13',
-a fourth 17' x 18' room housing the 1930 Mason & Hamlin Model A grand piano.
-and, a 14' x 20' waiting room/lounge with rest room. Note: even the waiting room
is pre-wired for recording, if necessary.
All interior walls are natural wood, non-parallel,
but perfectly symmetric and fully treated acoustically. The main room is built according to the "Golden Room" ratios that yield an amazingly flat frequency respone -- the math works!
All rooms are networked and hard-wired
with underground conduit run audio lines, CAT6, headphone sends & mic returns.
There is radiant heat in the floor, which is not only efficient and comfortable, but silent. There is a ductless "mini split" Mitsubishi AC / Heat Pump system -- super efficient and the quietest on the market: 22dB!
Being on a dead end road on a hill top, traffic is essentially zero. Also, the building is as soundproofed as can be accomplished. The entire structure is built using integrated concrete forms with an STC rating (a measurement of sound transmission) almost three times as good as wooden construction. Amazing energy efficiency: R52 in the walls and ceilings!
When the new studio was built from the foundation up, very careful research was done to assure the best acoustics possible. The 26' x 30' main room has the flattest frequency response you will ever hear in a large tracking room. All of the walls are ICF construction - that means 6" of concrete sandwiched between dual 3" layers of foam insulation acheiving both thermal efficiency and maximal soundproofing . The two 7' x 13' isolation rooms are dead quiet. The interior wall surfaces are rough grooved natural wood, enhancing the sound futher. Drums, strings sections, bluegrass bands, etc. all sound amazing in the main room.
Top Notch Acoustics
13.5' vaulted ceiling & angled walls