My poor dog is confused

I’ve rearranged almost all the furniture in my loft and my poor dog doesn’t know what to do with it. She’s figured out where her bed is, at least.

I’d been thinking about doing this for a few weeks now. I have new housemates, and the one directly below my “office” (it’s an attic loft, spaces are designated by furniture arrangements) has been running the bathroom extractor much more than the previous one. The roof vent for the extractor is right above the office, which means that when it’s running, I can’t record. So I’d been thinking of moving the office to the space catty-corner from where it had been, which just happened to be the “bedroom”; unfortunately, it couldn’t be a straight swap, because there’s a column in the office corner that makes that space smaller than the rest of the corners, so I had to move three corners… bedroom to “dining room/spare bedroom”; spare bedroom to office, dining room to open space in the middle of the loft, office to bedroom.

While I was going to be moving stuff around, I figured I’d try to make myself a better recording booth. Several months ago I built a frame for a booth out of 1″ PVC pipe. It looked ok just by itself, but when I covered it with soundproofing blankets it got a bit saggy. It ended up being a glorified dog house for Lucy. Then I had another idea. Pegboard sheets (I can get 2′ x 4′ sheets at the hardware store) covered with acoustic foam tiles, attached in pairs with binder rings (which I had been using to hold up the blankets in the first booth). The tiles came at the end of last week, and I finished attaching them to the pegboards Friday afternoon. I used adhesive spray, but I think I’m going to have to go back with a hot glue gun, because a few have already come loose. I’ll need to test it first, though, to make sure it won’t melt the foam.

I started off with eight pegboards, which made a 4′ square. On the floor inside I laid four interlocking rubber mats (like you see in children’s playrooms), but once I had the four panel pairs up around it, and the mic inside, I found it a bit cramped, so I added the final two mats (which I’d been saving for blocking knitting projects) to make a 4′ x 6′ little room, and hung two of the sound-blocking blankets across the spaces between the pegboards.

I’m quite chuffed. I need to get a small table, and a second monitor to go with the secondary keyboard and mouse I already have, so I’ll be able to leave the laptop outside the booth, but still be able to read off the screen, and control it from inside. And maybe a little stool instead of the chair.

6 thoughts on “My poor dog is confused”

  1. I just listened to my first audio book…Pride and Prejudice read by Karen Savage in September-November 2007! Those words will be stuck in my head for some time since I heard them 61 times(once for each chapter!) Great job though…especially your rendition of Mr. Collins! Thank You!

  2. Just wanted to say that I bought copies of your recording on LibreVox. I hope you get a few pennies from that. Love your readings the best. I think Gesine (sp) is also quite good. It is not the accents that bother me with some readers it is the understanding. You seem to really understand what you are reading and I love all your voices. be well. good luck with all your projects. I work in the Film & TV world now but I used to do theater. Are you from the northeast originally? the way you say room reminds me of Boston accent which I still have a bit of even though I have been living in NYC for over 20 years. I am working on a new show called BlueBloods for CBS hope you get a chance to watch it. Friday nights at 10 starting in September. there is info on the CBS website if you r interested.

  3. I listened to your version of Anne of the Island and thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you very much for your work.

    On another note, I was very impressed with the sound quality of the recordings. Now, having seen your studio, I’m not surprised. Nice setup.

  4. We so love the readings you have performed for Librovox. I say performed, because you executed so well. My oldest Daughter asks for your reads by name for downloading. I fell in love with The Scarlet Pimpernel again! And the elusive Pimpernel. Thank you so much for your time on this important project. We had a rule that if you listen to a book, you must also read it! Now we reading then listening, and reading again. You have a gifted voice and a talent for drama. Once again, thank you so much for lending you talented voice to this worthy endeavor.

    Thanks and blessings to you,

    Jeremy and Robin
    Hannah-12
    Jonah-10
    Noah-7
    Samuel-6
    Mary-Faith-5
    John-Caleb-2
    Lydia Elizabeth- (8mo)

  5. Thank you so very much for your reading of Anne of Green Gables: it transported me in that way that only great content and a deft performer may. You are an extremely gifted reader and I dearly hope that the universe rewards you for sharing that gift. Looking forward to your other entries,
    -Edward

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