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Suggested ceiling height

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by GZsound, Feb 18, 2002.

  1. GZsound

    GZsound Active Member

    I am in the process of builiding a new studio. I have the option to go to up to 9 1/2 foot ceilings. The room is not that large (23 X 12) and I'm thinking 8 foot ceilings would create a more controllable space. I mostly record acoustic bluegrass, folk, etc. but also have a drum kit and do the occasional rock and roll band.

    Any opinions?
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Go for max height always...

    Folks in studios are used to 'non standard living' dimentions, don't let that be a concearn, some of the best studios have a barn feel & size to them.

  3. Mike Simmons

    Mike Simmons Active Member

    Don't listen to what they say... size DOES matter!

    I'd love a foot or two more air in my studio.
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    What they said!
  5. High ceilings!
  6. The best sounding room I ever worked in had a 26' high ceiling... :eek: :tu: :w:
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I've never worked in a studio that had lower than 14 ft. ceilings that didn't sound boxy, and feel cramped. YMMV.
  8. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    Uh, unless the ceiling height is coinciding with other room dimensions to give you room modes that ring like a telephone. I guess you could always tweak a different dimension, as the height, all things being equal (when does that ever happen, anyway?) usually helps.

    I looked for it, but misplaced a link for a good online room mode calculator. Anyone have a good link?

  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Anyone heard of any DIY plans for jacking up my house another 6 feet?

    Boxy and Cramped :w:
  10. GZsound

    GZsound Active Member

    Thanks for the advice. I guess I'll go for the max height.
  11. knightfly

    knightfly Active Member

    Hey Mark - I was about to jump in and tell you not to do it, based on my calcs on axial modes of a 23 x 12 x 9.5 room - there were some fairly large holes in room response til I got down to 17 feet length (no change in other dim's) Then I found

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    The mode calc at studiotips has 3 steps in bold in the upper left corner, and all 3 must be done in order every time you change a dimension. This confused me at first, since my simple version only requires entering the three room dim's in feet and tenths, which makes it very fast to "dial in" the last dimension of a room you can move one wall of, to find out where to put that last wall. (great for remodels, cramming rooms into existing space)

    The one I wrote is much simpler, which is both good and bad - If I hadn't discovered theirs, I would have had to write something similar - lucky me... I can see a good use for both theirs and mine - I may upload mine to their site and call it "simplemode" or something.

    Anyway, from the more complex spreadsheet it appears as if your room may only have potential problems at the 63 hZ band, and below - this would require some sort of bass trap - Apparently the other "holes" in axial modes are filled in by the tangential and oblique modes not calculated in my spreadsheet. If you don't already have a copy of Alton Everest's Master Handbook of Acoustics, I would definitely recommend it. Among other things, he has chapters on "roll yer own" absorbers, traps, resonators, etc.

    Guess my vote on ceiling height now goes with the rest of the guys - The money you save on building/moving that end wall can go for some bass traps - Have fun, the life you save will be your own... Steve

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