I want to do some acoustic treatment of a place (where I will produce and mix my tracks)
where I will probably move in the near future. I know the importance of room treatment and
I'd really like to do the best, but I have to face one big limit: I cannot do
heavy/permament works; my parents are the owners and since they will still use it
sometimes they don't want that I will transform their loved small attic in a studio-room
with lots of panels and stuff permanently around. So...I need to do the best I can do in
the less easthetical-impact way. But I want at least to cure the most obvious
problems...So I have some basic questions:
1) what is the difference
between a classic bass traps (the one to be glued or fixed to a corner) and a "cylinder"
bass that sit on the floor near angles and that can be moved away when not needed. Are the
second types of the same quality? These are interesting, since are movable and don't need
to be installed permanently.
2) I just discovered that the previous
owner of the place made a sort of "general soundproof" of the place (he played the piano).
So he added to almost all the walls a layer of isolating material (don't know exactly
which material), and then a layer of wood. So sound from my monitors will reflect against
wood-walls instead of classical walls. Same for the cieling. This is good because my
neighboors will hear me definitely less
But is this
something good from a "room acoustic" point of view? Floor is wood-parquet as well (may
use a carpet that I can remove if needed).
3) Place is really particular:
it's the living room of this small attic, with these measures:
around 6 metres (little less, because there is a sofa at the end of the length, and a
small furniture at the beginning....)
- width: around 3 metres
- height: since
it's an attic, it starts at 3.20 metres on the highest part, but goes down to 1.10 metres
on the edge of the wall. Considering the width, which length I said it's about 3m, cieling
starts with a highest heigth of 3.20 on the left and goes down to a heigth of 1.10 metres
on the right.
The important thing is that the space is not "closed", like a
normal room: at the end of the 6 metres of length there is space on the left for walking
into another small part of the house and on the right for entering in the kitchen. And
most of the walls that divide the various zones oh the house don't go up to the cieling,
leaving some space for sound to go in other spaces. I may post here some pics of the place
and the planimetry, so maybe some good soul can tell me if I'm effectively thinking of
placing the monitors in the best possible place of the house or not...and which would be
the biggest problems I'm going to face.
4) Would be great having some
advices about choosing the "perfect" (of course perfection never exists in nature!)
monitor size for a place like that. From what the kind Hugh Robjohns said, bigger the
woofer size of the speakers and bigger the bass punch / extension, but at same time bigger
the problems of the room if not properly treated. And it seems that low end are the most
difficult frequencies to be cured. So...choosing the best solution it's not easy with so
many different monitors around!
5) would I be able to do the proper inobtrusive audio treatment by myself or do I
need to call an engineer for doing so? How much will I need to spend for a consultation
like this? I've not done anything like that, so if it's not tooo expansive I'd like having
someone that can help me.
6) Where to find an engineering (is this the
correct name of the person that take measurement and help with room audio treatment) ?
Thanks for your help!!!