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Studio SOS: Small Room Problems

Jo Bates
Published March 2018
By Hugh Robjohns & Paul White

Paul White takes stock of the situation.Paul White takes stock of the situation.

Small rooms are often the trickiest to get right, as our visit to a TV and film composer’s new home studio proved!

Since leaving Music College with an Associateship to the London College (ALCM), singer and multi-instrumentalist Jo Bates has been touring Europe (and even Siberia, where she recently performed), recording and mixing her own music at home, as well as narrating and editing audiobooks and composing music for television.

She relinquished a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire to join the band Quill but says her classical music grounding has proven invaluable in her work for TV, film scoring and orchestral arrangements. Her output ranges from four-part harmony for male voice choir to orchestral pieces for the Discovery Channel.

We were asked for help in turning a spare room into a workable studio. Jo and her husband Phil have recently moved into a new flat, and as it was purchased rather than rented, there were no restrictions on sticking acoustic foam to the walls, as there often are on our visits!

Square Play

As we’ve pointed out before, possibly the worst room to try to turn into a studio is a cube of around three metres per side. It is worse still if the walls are very solid rather than being made of plasterboard. At 2.9m deep by 2.5m wide, and...

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Published March 2018