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Baffles and dealing with reflections

Discussion in 'Recording' started by malamusik, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. malamusik

    malamusik Guest


    i record in 10'x15' room in my apt and it has lots of reflections. i want to minimize the amount of reflected sound my mics pick up and was wondering if anyone can suggest any cheap techniques they like to use to do deal with this.

    primarily, i record vox, guitar and hand percussion.

    right now i plan to buy a rug (i have hardwood floors - and this is as much for my downstairs neighbors as it is for me...) and i read an article on "blanket baffling" (link below). has anyone ever heard of tried or tried this blanket baffling technique?


    i am also considering buying this baffle online if the "blanket baffle" doesnt work.


    obviously, i am working with pretty inexpensive options, but any input on this would be great!

  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    What is the source? Guitar (acoustic/electric)? Vox? Bass? Drums??

    For a smaller room like that, you can spend all of your life and most of your money (or perhaps the other way around) trying to treat it to get it to work. Once you tame the first and possibly second reflections, you now encounter massive bass modes within the room that will freak everything else out. So, then you wind up with a thin but dull sound....it never ends.

    However, if you're mic'ing a source very closely (such as a guitar cab at 3"), it won't make a difference. You'll still piss your neighbors off, but hey...do you like them anyway?

    It's not all bleek and doom. Let us know some more details and I'm sure we can give you some help.

  3. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    I've been reflecting on this a bit, because I'm baffled! :mrgreen:

    You may want to browse around in the "Studio Construction" forum to possibly get some ideas.

    Kapt.Krunch :wink:
  4. malamusik

    malamusik Guest

    Guitar, vocals and hand percussion.

    Also, i'm not worrying about standing waves etc. i just want to get a good recording of the above 3 things without the boominess i'm getting now.
  5. malamusik

    malamusik Guest

    thanks... i'll do that.
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Uhh...the boominess you're getting now is likely a result of standing waves. You should be worried about them - they're a far more invasive set of problems than early reflections. Especially in a room this size.
  7. malamusik

    malamusik Guest

    i just read this... any suggestions?
  8. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Bass trapping
    Absorption panels
  9. Space

    Space Distinguished Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Using the search function here @ RO, http://recording.org/forums-search.html , type in RFZ

    Select the Studio Construction forum under the search options header, then press the "search" button.

    It isn't a quick answer and not all the threads apply. But it is a valuable answer towards continued education.

    Being in an upstairs apartment has many issues just by the building design. So having a better understanding of what you are trying to do and some real applications is a benefit.

    Free of any charge ;)

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