Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
How to acoustically treat your room and improve your chances of delivering an accurate mix.
Here is a brief piece from Universal Acoustics on how to acoustically treat your room and improve your chances of delivering an accurate mix.
Here is a brief piece from Universal Acoustics on how to acoustically treat your room…
1) Corner Bass Trapping
The best place to attack low frequencies is where they build up, in the corners of your room. Mercury Bass Traps are the easiest way to deal with these frequencies. Placing a Mercury Bass Trap in each vertical corner is the ideal solution – starting at the ceiling. The smaller 300mm Mercury Bass Traps should be placed between wall/ceiling horizontal junction, on the front wall (i.e. the wall you face while mixing) and then on the rear wall. If you have doors or windows near your vertical corners that prohibit you from placing Mercury Bass Traps as described, simply place them horizontally along the junctions between the walls and the ceiling as best as possible.
2) Early Reflection Treatment
The brain is a clever old thing and as such reflections that arrive at your ears within 80 milliseconds of the direct sound are summed and cannot be distinguished as a separate source. This can cause problems during recording or important listening sessions. A good solution is; while sitting at your listening position, have someone move a mirror along the front wall, side walls and ceiling. Any##whr## you see the speaker’s reflection is a good location for Mercury Wedges. The halfway point between the speakers and your listening position on the side walls and ceiling will be crucial along with the front wall located behind the speakers.
3) Ambience Control
To control late reflections and ambience treat the rear portion of the room. Use of Mercury Wedges on the rear wall will absorb the direct sound from your studio monitors.
Stagger your room treatment on the rear portion of the side walls – i.e. the pattern that is used for the left wall should be inversed for the right wall. Imagine a checkerboard – red squares on the left wall, black squares on the right wall. ideally, panels should be placed on the ceiling in the rear portion of the room..
Q. Will this kit prevent sound from leaving or entering my room?
A: No. Acoustical treatment is not designed to stop sound. A construction process is needed to block sound from travelling from one space to another. You will need a builder to solve that old chestnut.
Q: What should I expect to hear after my treatment is installed?
A: You should expect a more accurate sound – more consistent low-frequency response, less reflected energy. Your recordings should sound more controlled and professional and your mixes should translate better to other systems.
Q: Is there anything else I can do to improve my room?
A: Yes. The next step would be to place additional Bass Traps to the vertical and horizontal corners of the room. You cannot have too many bass traps in a small room, so adding bass traps will only improve your low-frequency response. If you desire more control, additional Mercury Wedges could be added as well. Also, it would be beneficial to install Universal Acoustics Vibro-Pads – specially formulated anti-compression pads designed to improve the accuracy of your near-field monitors by isolating and de-coupling them from the surface they are resting on.