Is it possible to use a sliding glass door in a studio?

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Music Afficionado
Member Since: Aug 12, 2008

I would imagine there may be several problems which I am sure I will be educated on but figured I would ask it anyway. I am trying to gain as much visibility into the vocal room as possible with my new setup and installing a sliding glass door from the control room to the vocal room seems like the most economical way to do it. However, since I have never seen one used in a studio before, I would imagine its a no-no, i.e. excessive sound reflections, etc. Any ideas?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Oct 07, 2008 08:56 am

If it's a high quality, solid door ya, you can...just make sure the frame doesn't rattle and whatnot...sound will leak, and the more glass you have the more reflective surface you sounds crappy. It's better to have a big window that you can adjust the angle of, a door will be straight up and down, a WIndow you can frame in angled so the sound doesn't bounce straight off it back at the wall behind it...

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Oct 07, 2008 09:09 am

The John Sayers site has some studios that have sliding glass doors.

I'm not sure in what area they're used, maybe not a direct sound area, but I seem to remember seeing them.

I read on another link that the forum is down, but I think you can look through other stuff.

One of the things I can think of, is that glass will vibrate sympathetically with sound. So sound may transfer quite easily between the two rooms.

I think the pictures I saw on John's site had 2 sliding doors next to each other, to deaden the sound between them.

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Oct 07, 2008 03:49 pm

Agreed on the double doors - Glass, wood or otherwise. If you want to arrest transmission, there's little choice.

I've been in some places with some obscene sliders though -- Never asked the source, but probably "hurricane rated" or something. Massive (no pun intended), heavy, single doors (doubled, very thick glass).

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Oct 07, 2008 10:31 pm

Yep, worked in two that had sliders. Out of the way places that liked to see everything and feel open.

I believe the cost was in the range of about $2000 or so. Not sure if he was pulling my leg, but as MM stated, they are huge and heavy. Custom built I would imagine.

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