Paul Yardley – Drum Studio – Absco Workshop

Paul Yardley – Drum Studio – Absco Workshop


Name: Paul Yardley
Location: Huntingdale, WA
Type of Shed: Absco Workshop ZA60303WK 5.96mx3mx2.06m Zincalume


Hi my name is Paul,
I purchased an Absco Shed from Krisztian at Cheap Sheds to help solve a space issue. As a drummer for over thirty years I had accumulated a sizable amount of stuff and needed a controllable area to house it.

When I first started playing I had bought a three meter by three meter shed and after fitting it with two inch foam from the local foam distributor used it to house my kit and jam with friends, it seemed a relatively affordable way to create an extra room. So once again I thought this would be a good way to go, so after a suitable pad had been laid we set up the three by six meter shed and bolted it in place. An internal floor was poured to create a seal against the weather to reinforce this; several layers of plastic membrane were placed on the floor to about a quarter ways up the walls.

I then created an internal frame with around a hundred l/m of pine, leaving a six inch gap around the walls and a four inch gap to the roof that was filled with 120 Rockwool insulation batts rated at R3.5. Around twenty five particle board sheets clad the walls and ceiling all held in place with 20.000 staples and hundreds of screws. Every square inch of board was then painted Mat black, the front area around the drum had additional acoustic padding added then curtaining was hung to cover this and helps defuse Hi end sound waves. Finally the floor was carpeted, although The Shed is not totally Sound Proof, we have removed around seventy percent of sound entering and a little more of sound leaving.

I record not only drums but voice and other instruments for various projects but it’s also my fortress of solitude, a place I can go and write or create with out disturbing the neighbourhood. Having your own private recording studio a few meters walk from your back door has been an affordable luxury thanks to Krisztian and his Cheap Sheds.

Something Extra that clanged in the night

Just as a side note inside the shed or “The Cave” as it’s known, I find recording at its best in the early hours of the morning there’s no interruptions, no low end car or truck noise to invade the very sensitive studio microphones.

Sitting at the control desk recording some voice over early one morning I could clearly hear the cymbals on the drums in front of me being taped, I’d look over and there was no one in the drum bay, so I reset to record again.

Suddenly there was a tap from a cymbal in the headphones. I stood to get a better look and started to wonder if Krisztian had added something extra, paranormal even, with his shed package.

I turned the overhanging Microphone arm so I was now staring at the empty Drum kit sitting a meter or two on the other side of the control desk. Again I hit record and concentrated on `the dialog attached to the stand in front of me, a few sentences in and CRASH goes another cymbal but this time I caught sight of the culprit. A large Moth endeavouring to find its way to the strip light above was ramming the cymbals from underneath after taking a large breath to slow my heart I escorted the drowsy Moth outside and quietly asked forgiveness for thinking Krisztian had added an unwanted and unseen guest to my Shed…

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