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Old 05-19-2009, 10:42 PM   #46
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Got the rail system built and installed today:











Check out the current walk-thru

It'll be much better when I install the HD projector later this summer. The one I'm using now is only a 4:3 aspect, but the same lumens as the one I'm getting (a JVC DLA-HD350)...

We watched a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert earlier this evening - awesome!

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Old 05-30-2009, 04:38 PM   #47
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Where's the pole? dorf dude...
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Where's the pole? dorf dude...
currently it's "BYOP"
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Damn, Matt that looks awesome. LOL @ the pole comment. Pole dancin' to Skynyrd, there ya go!


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Cool - thanx for digging this thread up! The biggest upgrade I've made since I last posted is the AV machine I built. It's a coreI7 running Vista (for now), 6gb ddr3 ram, 1gb ddr3 video, dual raptors in a raid 0, tied into the AV server via ethernet. What's cool with the server, is I'm loading all my DVD's on to it (using DVD Shrink - free), and any computer on the network can pull up any DVD anytime (I leave the server on all the time - running XP). It works really well! The server currently has 2 1tb drives. I calculate I can put about 200 dvd's on each drive. If I fill them up, I've got room for 3 more! Some pics:




the machine on the top is the new AV machine, the bottom one is the AV server


The right hand monitor mirrors whatever is on the screen - makes navigation a lot easier when in the control loft!
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This is a very interesting thread - it would warrant a website of it's own with some construction videos - I am seriously impressed by your dedication.
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Yup, there is! http://polarsoft.net/partybarn/
There's a more current video on my Facebook page. I don't know if you can view it, but I copied the link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/vi...=1152706611071
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Some more current pictures from Thanksgiving:





Afterwords, Wii bowling was a blast!





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There will be an article (with pics!) about the Partybarn in the Jun issue of Electronic House magazine - I'll have to leave a link for the online version when it comes out. I don't know if it will be a little blurb on the last page or something more...

Anyway, the author of the article found out about the PB from THIS thread. Pretty kewl! Anyway, it's a DIY contest winners article of some sort. - Can't wait to see what it looks like!
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I know a real estate in the Portland area and he said homes with home theaters these days sell 10x faster than a conventional home without one. It is not a MUST but investing a couple grand into a home theater could make it possible for you to get top dollar for your home.

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Is this your house? OMG, this is talented. All hail TuscolaMatt!!!!
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Nicely done, but I agree with an earlier post, where is the pole? I built a 15000 sq ft rambler, but above the garage was the men's room, and the owner put in a HUGE TV, I'm not very fond of the way that projectors look. Either way, this a pretty kickass room
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This is awesome!!!

Is this your house? OMG, this is talented. All hail TuscolaMatt!!!!
Well, between the cost of the building itself and the build-up, it's well past $40K invested. It might have a $10K impact on resale - so not all that great in this case...

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Looks great. But I'd be interested in what you plan on for acoustical treatment. I did'nt see any reference at all to it in your thread. Just curious though.

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Looks great. But I'd be interested in what you plan on for acoustical treatment. I did'nt see any reference at all to it in your thread. Just curious though.

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Yeah, this was a major concern that has been degraded to merely A concern. With the carpet in and many things on the floor to break the sound up - it sounds much better then I expected.

I still have leftover carpet I plan on putting up in strategic areas on the walls. I'd also like to build some bass traps in the corners...

I have to wonder about what the ramp might be doing acoustically too. It's carpeted and sitting at an angle up against the length of one wall. I have virtually no echoing going on overall, so something is dampening a lot of sound...

Some day I need a real audiophile out there to listen to it all. Since this place is multi-purpose (not exclusively a theater) it will end up having some acoustical compromises - but there's definitely room for improvement!

The article coming out also makes mention of the lack of treatment (the closest thing to a "negative" I spotted) - good catch!
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I still have leftover carpet I plan on putting up in strategic areas on the walls.
I hate to sound negative..but that's a real bad idea.

First, from a safety standpoint. Carpet mounted vertically will ignite and spread much more rapidly than when laid on a floor. Have you ever seen nylon or other manmade carpet materials burn. I have. Not a nice thing to see, not to mention the smoke.

Second, carpet isn't a good broadband absorber. It sucks the highs out of the room as it absorbs by virtue of the 1/4wavelength principle. At 1/2" thick, maximum absorption would be in the 7000hz range and above, and virtually nothing below it.

The best bang for the buck, is patchwork panels of Owens Corning(or Knauf etc) 2"thick 703 rigid fiberglass, that is covered with fabric, with frames as an option. Or however you want to implement it. Even on the ceiling. Also as hanging baffles.

For best bang for the buck Bass trapping, I suggest whats known as Superchunks of the same product. However, usually, these are created by cutting 4"thick panels, 2'x4' in half, and then diagonally, and stack them in a corner. These have been tested in a lab, and work "mahvalous dahling"




Although, instead of stacking them, you can place the panels themself diagonally across a corner. You want these from floor to ceiling though.
The reason is, low frequency room modes terminate in the corners. Even the wall ceiling corners. Thats why the pictures below show the test specimensat the floor/wall intersection. It doesn't matter. For the Superchunks, you can build fabric covered "screens frames", and for the simple panels placed across the corner, you can actually wrap them in fabric...or however you want to implement it. The point is, the fabric needs to "breath". However, I would cover the frames first with a layer of 2mil poly before covering with fabric. This will reflect the upper mids/highs, so you don't absorb too much of the high frequencies.



The 2" panels can be mounted offset from the wall too. These are known as resistance absorbers, and also work on a 1/4 wavelength principle, which means when mounted offset, increases the 1/4wavelength depth to the boundary. Which lowers the frequency of absorption too.
As to the patchwork principle, this is used to increase the absorption coefficient, due to diffraction around the edges and impedence mismatch in the open areas. This is called the "edge effect" and is used all the time.
Bar owners used to use this back in the 60's. Ever see a bar with Mirror and carpet tiles used in a checkerboard patten? Voila...patchwork absorption due to impedence mismatch. Which also is a poor mans "diffuser".


Another factor you might consider IS diffusion, although it appears you have lots of that behind the bar. Seriously though, you might consider building a few Polycylindrical diffusers. Very simple to build and make very nice visual elements as well. Ask me if you are interested. The principle is used around the world in many many studios and music related buildings.
Another is QRD;s(Quadratic Residue Diffuser). They look stunning, and are used in Home theaters/studios around the world, although the math to build them is pretty scary.


Your project looks great though. I like the industrial look..especially the truss. Bar is nice too. I love lighting like that. Even used a little bit similar on my studio console.

Oh, btw, the cheapest product I've found in 4"thick rigid fiberglass, is buying 4'x10' panels from a Knauf insulation distributer, and cut it yourself. Very easy to cut. Still fairly expensive though. But it damn well works, vs carpet..or like some people try...eggcrates

As to the ramp, that would be difficult to tell what it does, other than maybe reflect, or maybe act as a membrane absorber. You might install some 703 on the underside maybe...or build a HUGE bass trap under it.
However, your mezzanine decks may contribute to other modal resonances as well. Studio designers use this principle to actually "create" musical interval resonances at particular frequencys to enhance the "musicality
of the Live rooms as well as the Control rooms. They actually build a large soffit, which in effect is like your upper walkways.

You might consider lining the underside of these, but without testing the room, its impossible to tell if they are creating sonic anomolys.

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btw, heres a few pics of a huge geometric "diffuser(and fabric covered absorbers, and a huge basstrap prior to being filled with insulation and covered. Might give you some ideas

Anyway, enough bla bla bla.






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