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Recording the Sound of a Room

I wondered if you had any thoughts...

I want to record the difference between a room with and without extensive acoustic treatment. I am setting up a small business selling nicely made stuff that would not look out of place in a persons living room, but is also very high quality.

What I thought might be a nice idea is to record the difference on a CD that people can hear. I was thinking I might use a Neumann dummy head to try and capture this in a bin-aura recording that people could listen to on in-ear headphones. As most people have a pair that came with their walkman or something it shouldn't be too hard for them to do.

Any tips or other ideas though? I think I can get hold of one of these mic's but I have never used one before. Do you think it would even work?


Kev Sun, 03/12/2006 - 18:34
back to back PZM mics is a fast easy way to make an omni/stereo Head recording

A stereo mic perhaps ... but they do have a forward direction .... probably not a bad thing

Use a Mic-pre that has a switch for gain setting and no output trim
so you know you have the same gain settings for both recordings

perhaps even use something physical to record ... Like a wind up clock ... tic - toc
do some recording with and without the clock
be shure you document where the mic and the clock were for the first recording so you can duplicate it

perhaps a studio speaker with pink and pink bursts ... stuff like that

could be an interesting and fun project

Tenson Mon, 03/13/2006 - 06:14

The clock idea is good...

I realise using normal recording techniques it probably won't sound anything like being there. The difference would probably be no where near as obvious. That’s why I was planning on using that special head microphone.

I will of course do the standard measurements as well but I thought it would be nice to have something more intuitive. I guess it’s just ‘suck it an see’.