Nobody starts with the perfect listening environment.
Everybody has to start somewhere, and it’s OK if your room isn’t the best sounding out there.
That doesn’t mean you can’t make great music in it. Music doesn’t ask you whether the room you’re playing it in sounds good.
Music doesn’t discriminate between good and bad sounding rooms.
Music is just music. Great, inspiring music.
Music doesn’t get snobby because you don’t have a professionally treated listening room. Music is like your best friend that doesn’t care about any of your faults and loves you just the way you are.
In fact, you don’t even need any acoustic treatment to make your studio sound better. You just need to know where to place your mixing position and where to put your monitors.
Even without spending a single cent on treatment you can make your studio better.
I see a home studio as a 3 part process.
1. Placement Making your room sound as good as it can be without buying any treatment.
2. Budget Treatment- Using MoPads and household items such as blankets to get rid of some of the reflective surfaces.
3. Heavy Investment – Spending money on full room kits from acoustic companies, or building the treatment yourself.
That’s how my home studio has evolved. I went a long time without any acoustic treatment. But I did make sure I set everything up correctly and made the most out of the NO treatment I had.
Then I started buying small amounts of treatment. The Auralex MoPads, using thick blankets and memory foam that I had lying around.
Then I started spending money of the Roominator kits, and that completely transformed the sound of my studio.
But that’s not all. The final evolutionary step for my home studio(or at least the most recent one) was when I built 6 massive bass traps, complete with Owens Corning 703 mineral fiber and power tools.
I’m not a big handy man. I’m actually terrible at building stuff. But I was real proud of myself for getting that project done.
And every time I added more treatment to the studio, my room sounded better.
Piece by piece.
That’s what I recommend doing. Just start small and let your studio evolve.
But where do you start?
How do you evolve your home studio from no treatment to full on acoustics while still making your room sound awesome every step of the way?
I reveal that 3 step process in my brand new report, Hack Your Room Sound – 3 Steps to Better Mixes. However, this report is not available anywhere, for any price. But you can get it absolutely free if you purchase ReThink Your Room by Graham at The Recording Revolution. This report was written especially for Graham’s video series. It’s a practical report on how you can make your mixes better by simply changing a few things in your room. If you want it, all you need to do is buy ReThink Your Room through my fancy pants affiliate link: Then, just send me your receipt to bjorgvin[at]audio-issues.com and I’ll e-mail you this brand new exclusive report. However, this offer is only valid until Friday, July 27th. After that my report will vanish…forever.
So you better hurry,,,
If you need a quick and simple guide to your room acoustics, I really recommend ReThink Your Room. He takes his simple and effective approach to audio and applies it to his new home studio. No technical jibber jabber. Just practical techniques to get the best out of your room, regardless of your budget.
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