Studio Construction

Studio Construction

"Miloco’s team of recording studio builders not only have a huge amount of experience, but many of them have also been musicians and engineers themselves. They understand the importance of not cutting corners because they know how a well studio needs to perform"

Our methods for studio construction vary from project to project and largely depend on the level of isolation required. Every studio is designed from scratch to ensure the clients’ needs are fulfilled.

It may be that permissions need to be obtained from local authorities - an area we are happy to assist with. In addition to this, building control will also often need to be consulted.

When we are building a recording studio we typically work using a timber frame as this saves time and money. We have also developed an effective method of de-coupling the inner structure from the outer walls to enable a minimum loss of space. The walls are built up with complex layers of different materials, which include products such as barrier matt and acoustic sound-block with staggered seams over plywood. This enables easy fixing anywhere in the room.

All mechanical and electrical services are brought within this framework to ensue neatness and efficiency, and are installed by fully qualified engineers. We always try to avoid unsightly ventilation grills, and understand the need for even airflow, as well as creating as near to a silent system as possible.

Some of our latest builds

One of the first projects we completed after restrictions were eased in mid-2021 was this beautiful day lit studio for sound design duo father. …

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Calvin Harris needed to float the floor of his control room and then supply and fit a dark oak floor. He also commissioned a bespoke workstation to…

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Calvin Harris

Miloco were approached by Mark Crew and Bastille in February 2016 to look at host buildings for their studio project. We were on hand to run acoust…

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One Eyed Jack

Next, there are a number of internal acoustic finishes to choose from. The most popular method is a full internal framework, which is built up to incorporate the acoustic treatment and absorbers. The whole thing is fabric covered using a track system that delivers a very high-end finish. Changing fabric at a later date is also very easy using the track system, whether for a refurbishment project or to replace a damaged section. Alternatively, some clients prefer a panel based wall finish often with hung acoustic panels on the ceiling areas. This method means a room can be tuned by moving panels, and can therefore be made more ‘live’ sounding by removing them altogether – a very popular system in recording rooms.

Floor finishes are typically engineered oak boards that sound significantly better than ‘pingy’ laminated floors. We often fit oak skirting boards to match and also commonly fit a dado to incorporate audio wiring as well as fan controllers and air conditioning controls. This also helps protect fabric finishes against knocks.

Sometimes it is necessary to part-build elements of the studio offsite in our workshops which can save on both construction time as well as budget, and as part of our hugely popular recording studio furniture service, we are also able to provide our own range of bespoke studio doors and windows that conform to a wide range of dB ratings and finishes.

Once a recording studio construction is complete we resolve any minor snagging issues with the client to ensure they are happy. Then, the acoustician can re-visit to test and fine-tune the studio acoustics to ensure the best possible recording environment is achieved.

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