Hey guys, my families probably going to be acquiring another house soon; luckily for me I get the basement all to myself to turn into a rehearsal/studio space
Seeing as I know absolutely nothing about this and had no idea I'd have a crazy opportunity like this coming up, I'll need your guys input on how to design everything. I'm not looking for a full fledged recording studio or anything too crazy. Would probably just need enough space to:
a) Fit a 5 or maybe 6 piece band.
b) Room for a computer and decent set of monitors.
c) Room for around 10-15 guitars, 4-6 heads, maybe two or three cabs, and obviously loads of space for extra pre-amps/power amps :evil:
d) Kind of spacious.
How much room do you guys think I'd need to accommodate all of this? Is there anything else I'm forgetting?
Now onto my assload of other questions.
1. I'll need to soundproof the space, what's the best way of doing this? Should I just say fuck it and hire someone to do it?
2. Whats the optimal flooring?
3. Any special needs as far as air circulation goes? Anything to consider?
4. Lighting, once again, anything special I should look into or think about?
5. Power needs...do I need a stupid amount of power for any reason?
I'll worry about what other gear to buy later; for now this is all that needs to be solved
Cost isn't too big an issue...
The best way to soundproof a room is to pretty much built a room within a room with a small gap between the wall layers. That will help keep the noise down but it is expensive to do right and will make the room smaller. All those eggshell foam things and carpets on walls don't really help make things quieter, they will make the room sound better though. If you plan on doing some recording and mixing in there then you should probably stick some bass traps in there too and find a nice spot for your monitors. There is a load of info about room treatment online, I only know a small bit about it.
You mention flooring, I'd thing that wood or carpet would be better than tiled flooring, with carpet probably being best because drums won't move around as much on it and it probably won't reflect sound as much as wood.
As for power, I'd recommend you put sockets in various places around the room, it'll save you running extension leads all over the place. It's probably worth having someone qualified coming in to put the lights and power in, as if you get some grounding issues you'll have trouble with hum. It sounds like you'll have a lot of gear running too so you want the place to be able to handle it without tripping all the time.
You can fit a lot of people and gear into a room if you are smart about the arrangement, we fit 2 bands with full kits and stacks into a small storage place where we used to practice with everything being set up all the time. If you built some shelving for storing all the heads, and get some wall hangers and multi guitar stands you can save a good bit of space.
Other than that, I'd recommend you make the room as comfortable as you can with the space. A nice room with couches and a fridge to keep your beer cold can make a jam room seem way nicer.