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Moving guitar rig to unfinished basement a bad idea?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by JakeAC5253, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. JakeAC5253

    JakeAC5253 Active Member

    I am considering moving my guitar reamping rig to the basement to free up space in my mixing room where it is now. The guitar rig is currently heavily treated in all directions (not an iso box) to stop immediate reflections and give a clearer sound, but the room is somewhat on the small side. This wasn't much of a problem before as I get a very clear and consistent sound, but as I acquire more and more gear, the problem of space seems to compound on itself even though the sound is still great. Making this change would have a positive effect on workflow and ease of productivity, but the last thing I want to do is sacrifice any quality from the product by making things easier for me.

    What I want to do is move all of the front end reamping gear (cabs, mics, stands) into the basement, and have them connect to the mixing room through a floor mounted XLR panel to connect with all of the backend gear which will remain there (computer, interface, monitors, amps & effects). The main problem with this is that the basement is unfinished, hard cement all around, floors and walls, and the ceiling is bare wood. I do have quite a bit of sound dampening material that I can put in place, including: Huge packs of Roxul, covered in packing blankets, and the cabinets isolated from the floor by an Auralex Great Gramma. Something tells me this may not be ideal, and it may not remove the "basement" sound from the recorded tracks. I'm torn between thinking: A. if I move the rig downstairs exactly as it is upstairs with the treatment directly surrounding the cabinet, that would do well to deaden the reflections to a satisfying level I think, but B. something makes me feel like if I have more "space" to work with, having the treatment THAT close to the cab will just do more harm than good... but backing it off may introduce more "basement" into the sound.
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Try it first ! Close mic the cab and listen if you catch the room sound that much.. if so, try to dampen a corner or just a part of a wall and put the amp facing it... try different distances..
    What ever you do, don't put too much stuff before you ear how it sounds..

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