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SOUND-STUDIO RETROFIT Good design and workmanship are more important than specialty products by Steven Bliss A sand-filled concrete-block wall goes up just inside the existing wall of the warehouse (top). The completed studio (bottom) has an array of boxes on the ceiling to diffuse sound. The large mural on the far wall disguises one of several sound-absorber panels made of Owens Coming Type 703 rigid fiberglass. An urban location presents many challenges for a recording studio. A first-class professional studio must have near-dead silence: free of noise originating either inside or outside the building. It must also have excellent interior acoustics. Furthermore, the sensitive electronics and musical instruments require good environmental control. That includes dust- and smoke-free air kept at relatively constant