Doors and Windows

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Doors and Windows

Doors and Windows

Walk into a beautiful recording studio environment and the three primary things most people are immediately aware of are the doors and windows, and the acoustics. Naturally, the equipment is impressive, but the equipment is only one important component in the acoustical formula. Studio Construction Service, Inc. has been busy developing and fabricating a complete line of studio components ready to complete your studio to the highest degree of standards.

Ideally, design and building an air or watertight seal have been accomplished in the construction process. Other than penetrations made in the seal, the room’s “shell”, might be for air conditioning ductwork, low voltage wire raceways, or doors and windows. Completion of that sound seal can only be accomplished by using door and window systems that equal the rating of the walls in which they’re installed.

Sound Lock Door Systems

Studio doors are typically solid core in nature, and unless the studio requires a single door, which uses laminated solid core doors, the best way to raise the sound attenuating class of the wall and door system is to use two doors on two mechanically separated walls. You knew that already. There are also pre fabricated door manufacturers out there, that make very cool systems, but from our past experience, you better have a truck, forklift, and four able bodied men or women to help you install that day. Our solution is simple, and it’s in the form of the right door, hinges, hardware, jam detail, sealant material, and acoustic threshold and door stop seals. In between the double wall systems door jambs is usually a soft cloth panel, which isolates the two walls from coupling, and also allows the sound pressure that makes it through the first door, to be sonically absorbed by the acoustic treatment panel. Imagine a bass drum head exciting the second head.

Door sizing is standard with 30″, 40”, 42” up to 4’, but beyond that, you may think about another approach. The door height is usually 6’8” and 7’. With or without a glass panel, and painted or stained.

Glass in a door is recommended, and can serve two purposes. First, it allows an artist to see into other production areas, thereby eliminating the need for a more costly talent window. Secondly, it allows daylight or spaciousness into the creative environment.

Thirteen Degrees Studio - Drum Room


Windows have always been problematic, whereas doors, you can purchase at many different suppliers. Talent windows are impossible to find, and when you do, are they built right? Our windows are, and usually the sound abatement coefficient, or the NTC we achieve surpasses the walls we design. Glass can be purchased throughout the world and installed, to a degree by qualified suppliers, with direction. But the frame and the direction that it takes is specific, and usually the most common mistake in the rooms we see out there in the real world. Classic window systems is what we produce, and the kind you’d see if you went into the beautiful studio in Los Angeles or Nashville. Hopefully it’s one of ours. Solid woods and laminated glass of various thickness, with inner acoustic panels that will dazzle your brain.

There’s nothing standard about talent window sizing, and each one is custom, to a degree, so call us for a quote and we’ll set you up.

Chuck Pasque
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