This roundup features a number of articles to help you understand room acoustics and how acoustic treatment can be used to improve the response and overall sound quality of your recording studio spaces. We have included some monitoring and speaker calibration articles as these topics go hand in hand with acoustic treatment solutions.
Are you dissatisfied with the sound of your studio? Take the first steps in improving the acoustic properties of your studio by checking out these articles:
In this article, we share a detailed video showing you how to build your own acoustic panels. This video walks you through the entire process including measurements, where to install wood braces and, most importantly, how to install the absorption material and fabric covering. We take this a step further by pricing up the cost of making six panels for less than £300.
Foam tiles and acoustic treatment have been described as “no better than hanging a cat up”. Used solely on their own that can be true as they don’t tend to absorb the lower frequencies, not least because they aren't thick enough. But used as part of an overall scheme they can be very useful. In this article, Mike explains how he has used acoustic foam as part of his studio design.
Are you dissatisfied with the sound of your studio? Take the first steps in improving the acoustic properties of your recording studio by checking out a number of articles we’ve published all about best studio acoustic treatment practises.
The process of soundproofing a room isn’t simple and should never be confused with acoustic treatment. Soundproofing often involves building a new room inside of an existing structure, these are referred to as a room-within-a-room. These types of structures are designed to decouple (isolate) the new room from the main structure limiting airborne sound energy from transmitting out of the studio to the outside world and vice versa.
If your computer fans produce a lot of unwanted whirring noise in your home studio then why not build your very own isolation case? This excellent video shows you exactly how to achieve this with some basic hand tools and off the shelf materials.
Choosing acoustic treatment is very difficult as it’s not possible to demo or test a full solution in your studio before buying a number of panels and installing it. For those currently looking at investing in acoustic treatment we’ve put together a list of top brands that provide great sounding low cost off the shelf acoustic panels and treatment solutions to help you improve the performance of your studio space.
This video is 3 and a half minutes long, it’s well worth a watch no matter your skill level. This free video visually shows you how sound works in a room by showing us the differences between direct sound (sound that arrives at a listener’s ear first) and reflected sound (sound that arrives later reflected off room surfaces such as walls).
Do you mix using Speaker Calibration software? Is it something you can't mix without? Have you not tried it yet? If so why? Are you a speaker calibration sceptic?
When quality studio monitors are concerned I don't believe it really matters how much they cost, If a set of studio monitors are not positioned correctly in your studio you will most likely get a cheap and nasty sound from them that you won't be able to live with or trust when mixing. If you have not put any care and attention into setting up your monitors you will struggle to mix a track to translate properly on playback systems outside the studio.
Off the shelf acoustic treatment solutions can cost an eye-watering amount, luckily, there are a fair few affordable acoustic treatment solutions available for home recording studio guys on a budget.
In the article, Dan Cooper explains how he recognised a problem within his monitoring setup, how he tweaked the placement of his monitors to improve the frequency response and how he fixed an artificial sound caused by the Sonarworks Reference correction process by way of a new studio subwoofer.
In this series over the extended Christmas holiday, we are featuring 5 interviews from our growing archive of interviews, all of which you can find on our Interviews page.Back in December 2012, Russ Hughes had an extended chat with Andy Munro from Munro Acoustics and they talk about Shure, The Rolling Stones, the early days of home recording, plus of course lots of discussion around studio acoustics.
In this article, we weigh up three Pros & Cons of Speaker Calibration software. If you are considering introducing Speaker Calibration into your workflow then this article aims to help you make an informed decision.
In this post, Pro Tools Expert Team Member Julian Rodgers explores the world of active acoustics - using electronics to augment the natural acoustic in a performance space. He looks at the history of this idea and then examines the operating principle behind the three most common ways of achieving an enhanced acoustic space for different performances.
In all honesty, I was quite skeptical watching this video but I was pleasantly surprised when the before and after comparison was presented. Obviously, these DIY panels don't compare in broadband performance typical of professionally designed studio acoustics but for home studio guys on a budget that need cheap acoustic absorption solutions... this is definitely worth a punt.
A few weeks ago we posted a news article reporting new research into sound absorbers which suggested that it was no longer the case that acoustic treatment which could adequately absorb low frequencies had to be impractically thick. French Researchers published results which, while not ready for any products to be produced, did offer the strong possibility that thin, full range, passive bass trapping could soon be a practical proposition.
A while back we asked you to submit your studio design and build stories. Well, community member Artur Rakhmatulin has submitted his story, it took a lot longer than expected. In part 1 of a 3 part series, Artur walked us through the options, his study, and the theory behind his chosen design. In part 2, we looked at the structure, the detail design and implementation of the floor, ceiling, interior walls, and the layered back wall. Now in part 3, we will be looking at the additional treatment including broadband porous absorbers, doors, air conditioning, ventilation, power supply, lighting, studio equipment, and speaker stands. Over to you Artur...
Anyone who has studied acoustics will know when it comes to low-frequency sound, traditional sound-absorbing materials tend to be bulky, heavy or thick to do the job, but maybe that will no longer be the case.
A while back we asked you to submit your studio design and build stories. Well, community member Artur Rakhmatulin has submitted his story, it took a lot longer than expected. In part 1 of a 3 part series, Artur walked us through the options, his study, and the theory behind his chosen design. In part 2, we look at the structure, the detail design and implementation of the floor, ceiling, interior walls, and the layered back wall.
A while back we asked you to submit your studio design and build stories. Well, community member Artur Rakhmatulin emailed recently apologising for the delay in submitting his studio design and build story. He explained that it had taken much longer to accomplish it than expected, but during this process, he shifted his paradigm several times and so came out differently from what he first intended. This is Artur's story and experiences spread over 3 parts, the theory, structure and additional treatment.