Recording the Sound of a Room

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Tenson, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. Tenson

    Tenson Active Member

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    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?
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    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
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    You could do it, but it won't sound anythng like how your ears would hear it in the same position. Then again, clients might not know that, so why not?
    I would stick to the traditional measurement methods if I were you.
  4. Tenson

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    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’.
  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    simple before and after stuff

    I think it has merit
    and it should be fun if you don't get over indulged and just keep it simple

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