A Rhino Cubed Recording Studio

One of our first projects was to build a Cube to be used as a recording studio for the acoustical marvel located in Rangely, Colorado. It is now known as “The Tank Center for Sonic Arts.” This old steel water silo has long been a secret destination for many musicians who journey to this music mecca to experience the accoustical wonder it provides when instruments are played inside of it. For more details on its history and how it came to be a musical mecca, visit the website here. Also, check out this article The New Yorker did on The Tank.

We would like to share with you the interior of the shipping container Cube, as it has been transformed into a studio of recording wonder. For all the music geeks out there, the descriptions below should make perfect sense. They were written by Bruce Odland, founder of The Tank project. For all of us who are not as musically inclined, enjoy the photos! I think the wave diffusers could be stand-alone works of art, worthy of any gallery exhibition.

Wave Diffusers

On the walls are newly created wave diffusers (made out of the woodpile left over from our deck building extravaganza in the first fitout work party.)  They work three ways:

  • First, they kill any snapback and making nice diffuse reflections which all humans enjoy.
  • Second, they are transparent to miss and lows, which are absorbed by Owens Corning bass traps behind
  • Third, we punched 4 inch holes in the birch ply, to activate the built in infinite baffle that was planned from the early build.  There is both hard open cell foam and hard foam behind the birch, and the holes are ports that allow lows to be trapped between the studs in the “baffling” acoustic space between the inner and outer walls of the container.

Corner Triangles

Those triangles in the corners are something quite new, suggested by Mickey Houlihan, developed by Bruce, engineered by Foster Brasheer –  Not finished, tuned or tested.

The front panel has heavy vinyl, to become limp mass absorbers at the standing wave frequency of 129 Hz.   In the trapped air space behind that is something rather special; tuneable Helmholz absorbers, with variable ports, that can be set to other troublesome frequencies that pile up in corners to confuse engineers.

The pile up of low frequencies in the corners above flood into the chambers below, and specific frequencies can be dialed in to go into the chambers and die there.  Bill calls these units the Roach Hotels, and wonders when we will empty all the frequencies that go there to die.

This recording studio perfectly illustrates how a Cube can be used for more than just a tiny home. A Rhino Cubed creation can last a lifetime in whatever capacity it is destined for, be it yoga studio, man cave, ADU, gym or recording studio!