New rooms are tricky.
They’re uncharted territory, and dangers lurk in every corner.
Literally, the corners are your worst enemy.
Anyone setting up a home recording studio is going to run into some problems, but realizing what you’re dealing with makes the process so much smoother.
If you’re dealing with a bad sounding room, here are some acoustic treatment tips that make your home studio sound better right away.
1. Sitting in Thirds
Ideally, your mixing position should be positioned at 1/3 of the length of the room. Don’t sit in the middle and don’t sit too close to the walls. The best frequency balance is somewhere around one-third of the length. You can go a little crazy and bring out a tape measure like I did, or you can just estimate it.
2. Beware of the Corners
Like I said, corners are your enemies. Put as many bass traps as possible in the corners. Putting bass-traps in the corners is like setting a Ghosbuster trap that sucks up your low-end. You know that’s where the bass will be, so make sure you suck it out of your room.
3. Windows Suck
Glass gives an annoying bright slap that can really screw with a mix. Currently, I have a window behind one of my monitors. This is less than ideal, because it skews my stereo image a bit.I’m in the process of creating broadband absorbers that go behind both my monitors to even this out.
If you have a window either in front or behind you, consider closing it off with large acoustic panels. If you can’t do that, at least put some heavy drapes to kill the reflections.
4. The Acoustic Properties of “a Bunch of Crap”
I stole that quote from Jon Tidey over at AudioGeekzine.com. We were discussing acoustics and I told him I had a bunch of crap for my room. He wasn’t impressed.
I was talking about the furniture in the room. A big sofa can act as an absorber and a bass-trap if it’s big enough. And bookshelves can help diffuse the sound, just by the unevenness of the books and the different density of the paper. But you shouldn’t rely on those to make your room sound amazing. They will certainly help to some extent, but not as much as real acoustic treatment.
Don’t Do It On Your Own.
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Image by: Thomas Heyman