Pt 15 – October

If you’ve been following this studio blog, you’ll recall that I originally planned a three-month build at a cost of sixty thousand squibs excluding kit but including installation. In other words, the idea was that Snap would be open for business by now.

Well, my projections may have been realistic for a more modest build but I planned the best facility we could create within the available space and work of this standard costs, no matter how frugal we are. The result? Timescale has doubled and costs are through the roof.


Am I disappointed? Quite the opposite. As the infrastructure nears completion I’m more excited than I have been for years – a kid once more, chomping at the bit to see the gear go in, to tune the control rooms and live areas and more than anything else, to hear music pumping life through Snap’s electric veins.

I haven’t been so enthusiastic about any recording project for years.

I’m sure there are a host of questions waiting to be asked, and I’ll do what I can to post answers. For example, I plan to lodge copies of my initial budget and cashflow together with the actual budget, updated week by week. Hopefully this will give fellow studio planners an idea of the true costs of such a project (bearing in mind that our costs have been mitigated by the generosity of friends and associates who’ve supplied time, labour and services at subsidised rates). And I’ll also add a few comments about potential sources of finance and tax efficient ways of funding, always bearing in mind that dosh can’t be magic’d from thin air – a bitter truth we’re learning as every unplanned week passes. And I’ll post a directory of suppliers with contact details and links to their websites. But please bear in mind that experienced project management is needed to plan, coordinate and supervise such a build, a service that Funky are uniquely placed to offer.

But on with the story…

Progress has been substantial of late, thank goodness. We were beginning to go stir-crazy at the constant financial demands of ever more soundproofing, burgeoning electrics, miles of cabling, three air con units and all the background work to ensure the studio is completed to the highest standard we can afford. But now, at last, we’re nearly ready for phase two to – fitting and tuning the acoustics and the equipment installation.

My precious art-deco doors have finally been hung.

As with the machine room doors

and the splendid kitchen fittings (reclaimed from Plus XXX Studios in Paris)

I’ve scoured my numerous contacts to unearth pieces bristling with history and character that I can recycle for Snap. After all, most of the gear will come with a pedigree, itself recycled from the halcyon days of recording. Environmentally cool? Maybe. But my love of the best of other ages is that it’s impossible to find such quality in today’s equipment and fittings, irrespective of price.

With a splash of undercoat throughout


installation of control room windows

and a proliferation of bass traps in the control room,

the place is finally looking and feeling like a real recording studio. And the vibe is great, at one and the same time, spacious and cosy.

At last the end is nigh…

Well, at least it’s finally in sight.