room treatment

Discussion in 'Studio Construction & Acoustics Forum' started by larrye, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. larrye

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    I was tired of the sound of my small basement home studio. I felt the reason my vocals sounded so muddy was the room. Romm is too small for any effective room sound so I treated All Walls and entire ceiling with 2" ASJ Ridgid fiberglass. This stuff has a coefficient of .75 At 125 hz. and .71 at 250 hz so it does a good job. I knew this would give me a very dead space. Room IS very dead. But vocals still seem too muddy. Any ideas?
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  2. Ethan Winer

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    Larrye,

    > Room IS very dead. But vocals still seem too muddy. <

    Man, if your vocals sound muddy in a totally dead room I'm not sure what to suggest. Not that a totally dead room is a good thing, because a little ambience is often useful. But for straight ahead vocals that are close-miked, the sound might be dry but it shouldn't be "muddy."

    What mike are you using, and what preamp or mixer? How far are you from the mike when you sing?

    --Ethan
     
  3. larrye

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    Thanks for the reply Ethan,
    I was concerned, because with the mic (MXL V-69, I was using I needed to EQ quite a bit on the low end. I was singing at a distance of about 12". I did not think this was proximity effect. Harvey G. just informed me that prox effect starts happening inside 2-3 feet. So, I guess this, coupled with the fact I am a bass singer accounts for my problem.