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The First Ever Commercial Release of All Original PC MIDI Music

Fugett Sound : the music and of Bob Fugett


 Sugar Loaf, NY 10981


Updated Jan 21, 2016 | By Bob Fugett

    Fugett Sound : Studio 2 : Video Film Media Expansion

Shown below is NOT the studio Factory Preset was composed, recorded, assembled, and produced in; this is the studio that was begun soon after the completion and release of the seminal Factory Preset ground breaking music album.


Per M's request: following is a brief summary of construction of the audio recording rooms of Fantasy Factory (renamed Endico watercolors) which were eventually expanded for use as video, film, and digital media production.

The rooms eventually became M's museum room with the back studio room housing the Powerphase FX (120 megapixel) large format camera which was put together for us by the same people who put the exact same system together for the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

A quick overview of requirements for audio recording will make the elements of construction easier to understand.

Be aware that correct audio recording can be considered the basis of all other media production as it is possibly the most difficult aspect to control.

The most important aspect to audio recording is separation of the sound of the actual instruments away from environmental sounds plus the sounds of the monitoring system (playback speakers).

Somebody once said the best way to describe the necessities of sound control is to state, "Sound is heavy, very heavy."

Therefore the following list of elements describe construction materials and techniques that would be overkill outside of the music and audio (thus media) production environment.

This does not describe the studio wherein I composed, recorded, assembled, and produced Factory Preset.

That seminal ground breaking album was actually produced in what is now M's little side gallery room in a studio that had been cobbled together piece meal as elements were tested then expanded to incorporate an entirely new way of producing original music.

During that time I was avidly reading every published source to learn more about the traditional process and became aware of advertising for the firm that eventually handled the actual construction of the ground-up room and had tracked their own progress within the industry for more than four years.

Even so, they were quite shocked with my requests in terms of layout and process, because such production techniques had never been used before.

Here is the quick list from the ground up:

1.5' heavy duty cement footers filled with rebar to add structural stiffness;
the installation crew said they had erected 14 story apartment buildings
on less support


10" block foundation walls filled with cement and laced with rebar

plus extra support provided over the doorway

4" heavy duty cement basement floor

Deeply embedded metal posts (also filled with cement) holding the ends of two separate I beam supports which insured separation of the recording room from the control room and monitoring environment (speakers and recording console)

Subflooring is 2 layers of 3/4" tongue and groove plywood screwed and glued with seams offset by no less than 2' and filled with acoustic sealant.

upper walls 1" plywood exterior walls (eventual sheathed in cedar siding) screwed not nailed

6" joists allowing for a layer of 1.5" sand impregnated fiber-glass under 6" high R rating fiber-glass insulation

internal walls of 2 layers 3/4" sheetrock, again screwed and glued and floated (does not come in contact with floor) with 2' offset seams filled with acoustic sealant

The wall between recording room and control room is actually two separate walls, each supported by one side of the two lengths of I beam support mentioned previously

The window between control and recording rooms is mounted in heavy rubber with vacuum existing between the two panes of glass which are of different thicknesses in order to further avoid possibility of resonances bleeding sounds from one room to the other

The internal door between rooms is actually a highly sealed external steel door which audibly gushes air when being closed (make sure the basement and outside vestibule doors are shut first)

The internal closet is also floated away from the wall between studio and control room and the external wall

This environment allows for me to be confused when I am playing piano, think I maybe hear something faint, stop playing only to realize it is the train passing 200 yards away through our back yard.

Also the uncontrolled inner closet door rattles slightly if somebody opens the front watercolor studio door 100' away.

Repeating this construction would be over 2 million dollars in today's currency, not to mention the nearly 500,000 dollars of equipment that passed through the room during its heyday which Mary was paying for in real time from painting sales to street traffic coming into her Sugar Loaf, NY studio and purchasing from her, directly off of her work table.

the build progresses;
shown are one of the bookshelves housing
books used for research with regard to construction

though dust is always a problem during the experimental stages

Prior to Immix Video Cube non-linear online video editing computer
which was one of only 12 in the United States at the time
(shown below)

Only existing photo of studio
with video/film editing when
things were too busy
to take photos;
just a test of the
Immix Video Cube;
that little light blue
screen on the right is a
$45,000 dollar computer which
at the time was the cost of a nice house;
underneath it is a $9,000
video printer which was something
nobody imagined could exist;
two separate occasions producers
from ABC and NBC
stood beside that computer
and gasped when they understood
what they were looking at;
Bob said, "I know you are not using this yet,
but someday you will."
And now they do.

It was all paid for by sales of Mary Endico watercolors
to street traffic in Sugar Loaf, NY
which is something local shop keepers
even today cannot imagine
especially since those sales
are an ongoing situation.




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