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Room for recording

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Guitarfreak, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    My upstairs bedroom is 11x12 with a bunch of stuff in it. Good for recording vocals. Ish. I am wondering if it is better to bring my amp downstairs for recording though. My basement is cement floors and walls with wood ceilings and mostly unfurnished. No walls or doors or anything. Would the openness of the basement make my amp sound better when cranked up?

    I would move down there and try it for myself but moving my computer and everything attached to it and my amp and stuff will take me an entire day.
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
  3. Space

    Space Distinguished Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Spend the day and find out...no one here can tell you what it is you are hearing. The good news is that the basement walls, even though I have no idea if you even live on this planet, are most likely concrete so isolation is better.

    The bad news is the overhead ceiling/floor to the upstairs is going to drive your parents nutz.

    It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission...

    Just do it.
  4. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    True, I mean what would you do? I am trying to weigh the variables. Is my room bad for acoustics in your opinion? Being roughly 11x12, which is almost square, and untreated.

    Pros Room:
    1. More comfortable
    2. Controlled Environment

    Cons Room:
    1. Buildup of bass frequencies not conducive to guitar recording at high levels.
    2. Cranking amp in small room that I myself am in... tends to get loud.

    Pros Basement:
    1. Less bass freq. buildup when cranked
    2. Less ear/parental stress

    Cons Basement:
    1. Damp, dusty, bad for equipment.
    2. Have to transport computer setup to basement for recording.

    Am I missing anything? Can we add a few more? Seriously how would you handle the situation?
  5. Space

    Space Distinguished Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    I wouldn't spend much more time talking about it, that is how I would handle it :)

    Evaluate the basement, can cleaning it up improve the environment, if it is damp, WHY is it damp, e.g. poor air circulation and/or below grade moisture seepage, etc.

    Your room is about average for what you guys at home messing around with audio use. It's not expected to be anything more, it is, after-all, just a room in a house.

    Even the basement can only be an improvement in a few areas but may present a whole plethora of other issues that need addressing.

    I would lean towards the basement but I also realize it is going to take time, work and cash, lots of cash, to make it into a better recording area.

    I told a friend some time ago "the only place work comes before success is in the dictionary".

    His reply was "What's a dictionary"?

    Ignorance is bliss, I should know.

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