Have we completely lost the plot at DB studios?!? What the hell are the boys doing ripping out their perfectly good pane of glass and building some fancy looks-like-you-could-grow-cucumbers-under-it double paned contraption with one of the panes set at at an angle in their otherwise pretty handsome tracking room & what’s more instructing their slightly-puzzled (it must be said) contractors to include two small porcelain tea jars inside the frame!!!
Shanghai finally got to us?!? A pair of very small mini-me’s have just passed away and their ashes are going to be interred within studio 2′s window frame?!? We can’t stand you seeing us trying (yet inevitably failing) to smile as we say “take 374…” for the 374th time!!!
Well Belgium “nul points” & a quick glance at http://tinyurl.com/3oxe8uj or its equivalents will reveal all!!!
Sound waves are very similar to the waves that are generated in a pool of water when you for example throw a stone or perhaps grandma’s pet poodle into that tranquil lake district loch; & just as you experience when you hear an echo… they can come ‘right back at you”. This is why you hear drug-addled yet seasoned sound engineers talking about parallel surfaces as if they were the latest strain of HIV; a sound wave can be generated by a vocalist for example and then moments later bounce off a perpendicular surface (an observation window for example) to return to interfere with the sound waves that we are trying to capture through a high end vocal chain (referring to a microphone + preamp etc.)… net result an acoustic mess!!!
So that’s why we use a double paned window with the inner (facing the microphone) window set at a jaunty 10-15 degrees…
Aha well what about the two tea jars i hear you nearly forget… simple; desiccant (& i had to check that spelling a few times) so as to avoid any condensation between the window panes as the session unfolds & we patiently and always with a warm smile intone: