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modal prediction of non-rectangular room?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Guess Guest, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Guess Guest

    Guess Guest Guest


    Just wondering if anyone knows a way to guesstimate -with any degree of accuracy- the modal response of a room that takes the shape of an "L"

    I remember reading (maybe in Everest's 'Handbook'?) something about sectioning off rectangles/squares but what then? Is it possible to predict these modes at all? (as a whole)

    Any insight or pointers to more info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
  2. Audiofreek

    Audiofreek Active Member

    Oct 13, 2012
    Prince George,BC,Canada
    Just calculate the two rectangles individually,and see what common ,or near common modes they have.I use a free calculator that I downloaded from the Realtraps site.Having the L shaped room can be advatageous for a live room,just so long as you don't have to monitor from the unsymetrical end.
    In the end,you may choose absorption for your bass trapping,no matter what stacked modes show up,you will need lots of it,and I suggest you fill every available corner.
  3. Space

    Space Distinguished Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    What you wind up with is a coupling of the spaces. The modal response has little to do with this you can calculate it any way you prefer, but the echo chamber that the leg of the "L" produces supersedes the modal response.
  4. Guess Guest

    Guess Guest Guest

    for a Control Room

    Thanks for the responses.

    Knowing that it will produce excessive decay times; besides as much trapping in corners and the usual first reflections and rear wall, is there other known areas to look out for? Such as the diffraction around the corner of the 'L'. Should the 'extra' space be treated heavily to reduce the reverb chamber effect? What about the 'shadow' wall where the (LF) sound will bend around? surely it won't get as much direct sound, but am i wrong to visualize this wall could be treated to soak up alot of return? Or is there better use of resources?
    This isn't my room, but of a pen-pal i'm trying to help. It would be so much easier if i could physically enter the room to measure the hot-spots and such, but that can't happen. Any more info welcome. Thanks again.

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