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Old 2nd January 2009 , 08:13 PM
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Default Acoustic treatment

Couldnt really find a forum for this subject.
I had a theraputic day yesterday applying Acoustic treament that my girlfriend got me for christmas (as well as a Apogee Duet) to my tiny box room studio.
After a discussion how we were going to apply it we decided to got with the 'temp tabs' which basically allows you to velcro the foam to the wall so you dont damage the foam or wall if you wish to remove them.

Im that impressed with how much they have effected the room that im going to order another box , so work in progress lol.









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Old 2nd January 2009 , 08:19 PM
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Looks interesting CC..
Keep us posted on how it develops pls..
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i have been meaning to apply some for yonks, which package is that?
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Im not sure as it was a gift it came as a box of 24 tile's 8X2" 8X3" 8X4" , ive only put one row around the room and even the light switch and creeks in my chair sound different their more dead lol.
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i definitely got to get my @rse into gear, may be i can get the Mrs to get me some for my B.Day
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Got myself a litte meter off ebay (16.99) to see which parts of my walls need treating most , as you can see from the video their quite a handy little device
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Interesting...what's it do...beam something at the wall to measure the reflections? But do you have to be in front of the wall in question or at the sound source i.e. your monitors or seating location?
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you got the wrong forum mate, you want the star trek forum which is down the highway 2nd on the left
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Interesting...what's it do...beam something at the wall to measure the reflections? But do you have to be in front of the wall in question or at the sound source i.e. your monitors or seating location?
Basically its just an instrument to measure sound (sound level meter) and what you find by moving it around the walls in your studio you can pinpoint the area's (hotspots) where the sound bounces off the wall most back into the meter and thats where ill apply the acoustic foam its seems a better idea than just sticking the foam anywhere and hoping for the best lol , spectrasonics omnisphere has some good test sounds in it library under "utilitys" for carrying out this test.
That area on the film was the back wall facing my monitors (i suppuse its where most of the sound hits first) and as you can see by putting the foam infront of the monitor it reduces what is bouncing back off the wall.
I get very high readings in the ceiling corners and floor corners where the bass is resonating away the top and bottom of my door are high reading where as the middle of the door is a lot low readings (half), it just good to have a visual reading so you know that the right places are getting treated and like i said the meter was only 16.99 off ebay.

anybody interested just type "radioshack sound meter" in the Ebay search.
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But won't *everywhere* bounce the sound off the wall into your meter? Especially given that these meters have omnidirectional microphones. The important position to place spot acoustic treatments is at the positions where the sound bounces back to your primary listening position.

The higher levels in the corners is the proximity effect of the sound boucing in from 3 seperate surfaces (rather than just 1 surface in the middle of an open wall for instance).

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The important position to place spot acoustic treatments is at the positions where the sound bounces back to your primary listening position.
this is called "the reflection" points right?
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But won't *everywhere* bounce the sound off the wall into your meter? Especially given that these meters have omnidirectional microphones. The important position to place spot acoustic treatments is at the positions where the sound bounces back to your primary listening position.



The thing is my studio is a small box room so everything is bouncing back to me , so im treating all the hot spots.
Like i said by moving the meter around the walls you can definatly get a picture as to where the problem areas are.
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erm... a word of caution. Foam, on its own, may cause more acoustic problems. If you plaster as much foam around your room as I'm seeing without dealing with lower frequencies you will end up with the worst of all worlds: a room that's completely dead in the high frequencies and full of problematic lows giving you boxy sounding recordings and mixes that wont translate. [sorry to be a party pooper]
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erm... a word of caution. Foam, on its own, may cause more acoustic problems. If you plaster as much foam around your room as I'm seeing without dealing with lower frequencies you will end up with the worst of all worlds: a room that's completely dead in the high frequencies and full of problematic lows giving you boxy sounding recordings and mixes that wont translate. [sorry to be a party pooper]
yes im dealing with the low frequencys , like i said im finding them in the ceiling corners and floor corners mostly and again its the meter that pointing them out to me.
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The thing is my studio is a small box room so everything is bouncing back to me , so im treating all the hot spots.
Like i said by moving the meter around the walls you can definatly get a picture as to where the problem areas are.
Well, I can only reiterate that you should be careful to make sure you are only placing spot treatments with respect to your primary listening position. It sounds like you are already taking care of the bass trapping Trev suggested.
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