Discussion in 'Studio Construction & Acoustics Forum' started by sshack, Jun 23, 2008.
In both cases absorption or diffusion can reduce flutter echo and make a room sound larger than it is. Two places where you definitely want absorption and not diffusion are at the side-wall and ceiling reflection points in a control room, and on a low ceiling above a drum set or anywhere else you'll use overhead microphones.
Edit: I see I was slow on the draw.
My current situation isn't the worse, yet far from the best as I do all tracking and mixing in a spare living room in my house. It's your basic rectangular room with sheet rock walls and ceiling, so I think most people in home recording have to deal with predefined rooms like this...it doesn't bother me too much.
Some time ago I did the Auralex room analysis and per their recommendation installed some absorption panels and bass traps, but no diffusors as of yet. The biggest wonder that I have given my situation is whether or not I should put a few tiles on the ceiling above my mixing desk and/or in the corner where I track my vocals.
I'm quite blind to how they could potentially help me since I can't really say that I honestly 'detect' a problem per se. It's just one of those things where I wonder if the sound is optimal given I have a flat sheet rock ceiling.
Any advise offered is well taken and appreciated.
I certainly could be.
I'm quite open to suggestions.
Yes and Yes.
And that is exactly why 95 percent of people who consider themselves "serious" about recording have no acoustic treatment at all. It's even worse among audiophiles. They are never satisfied with the sound of their system, and many constantly upgrade one perfectly competent piece of gear for another. Or buy overpriced wires believing the hi-fi magazine BS that better wires will give them deeper tighter bass, or a clearer high end, etc. Yet they continue to overlook the one thing - acoustic treatment - that really will make an improvement. A big improvement.
Any brand and/or style recommendations?
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Wat choo talkin' bout Willis?
I think I typed "your" but should have typed "you're"?
Which is annoying because he made the mistake.
Ethan, I may end up giving you a call soon. You have some nice looking products and the video demonstrations on your site were quite helpful.
After going back over (mostly in my head) of what I'm after, I can see where I'm getting some reflections, I think, off of my ceiling. The corner in my room that I track vocals has absorbtion on the wall that I face coupled with two gobo-type panels that have absorbtion on them. So, three sides if you will...two of which I can move/manipulate as needed. (ok, they were old bi-folding closet doors that I painted, put legs on and studio foam wedges on, but they work pretty well for me.)
Depending on what I'm doing, I also have thick velvet curtains that I draw over the openings to the room to deaden things a bit.
Back to my point, I think the ceiling is a culprit here.
Another benefit of diffusers versus absorbers is the fact that diffusers help to distribute sound in a room. This creates a nice acoustical environment.
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