First, I need to invest in some monitors finally, as I have been doing all my work
previously on headphones or computer speakers. My budget for monitors is somewhere around
$400-500 for the pair. So far in browsing online the Yamaha HS50M, Mackie MR8mk2, KRK
Rokit Powered 8 Generation 2, and the JBL LSR 2325P speakers have caught my attention. I
plan on going to Guitar Center tomorrow to see if I can listen to some of them, but I am
not sure what I should be listening for really. Also, I am wondering if for a small
bedroom studio whether or not it is a good idea to get 8in monitors or if they would be
too over powering for the small space.
Along with the new monitors comes the
issue of placement. While I know that I should get them centered in my room and set up
properly in a triangle shape with my listening position my issue is that my dorm room is
a very funny shape. It is essentially a long rectangle, however, the front is made up of
two angled walls that come to a point with one that is a steeper angle than the other.
Essentially it is kinda like one of the corners was chopped off. For better or for worse,
the only place I can conveniently position my desk and everything is on that chopped off
angle wall. This may have a small advantage in that behind me is closets and corners at
kinda a 45 degree angle that I assume should do a great job of diffusion, but my left
monitor will be close to a corner (something like a 100 degree angle) and my right monitor
will be near the point of the room (something like a 150 degree angle) How will the
monitors react to those kind of funny angles and room placement? Will this be manageable,
or do I really need to find a better place for the desk? Would being centered in the
point be a huge advantage?
In addition to monitors I am also thinking about
investing in some acoustic treatment of some sort. If possible, I would like to set them
up in a somewhat modular way so I could take them off walls and use them around a mic to
help with vocals. Currently I am leaning towards 2ftx2ft 4in thick Auralex foam tiles that
I could move around pretty easily. I have also been looking at the 2in thick panels, but I
am hoping that the thicker will reduce the need for bass traps a bit and will be more
useful for the vocal recording application. When it comes to the 2in variety, I am also
confused about the different shapes of the foam and how the tiles with a four ramp design
compare to the tiles that have like 12 spikes. The alternative I am curious about is
whether I should put together some panels myself with some ridged fiberglass Corning
703-type material. I have read that this can do more across a wider range of frequencies,
but I am slightly concerned about how to mount heavier panels in a dorm room that I can't
alter much and they would also be more difficult to move around. But if the benefit to the
sound for mixing and for vocals would be greatly improved then I might be willing to mess
around with that more. I also wonder am I crazy for trying to improve such a funny shaped
dorm room? And would any of those options help vocal tracking? And how would that compare
to something like a SE Reflection filter?
Thanks so much!