I would be grateful for any tips that you could provide on how to test
my current room before attempting to add some audio treatments. I’ll also need to be
able to test it again and again as I go in order to accurately evaluate whether my
solutions are working or not.
I feel that I’ll need to spend a decent chunk
of time analysing the problem before jumping into attempting to solve it. It will also be
handy to know how many overlapping problems might exist before getting too blinkered with
focusing on just one issue. This might sound like stating the bleeding obvious, but I'd
bet money that lot of home hobbyist like myself will cheerfully hang up a few blankets,
nail up some useless egg cartons, or even build some bass traps and panels because they've
read that they're good to have, yet not really understand the fuller picture. So we might
fix an obvious problem with echoing, demonstrated when we clap our hands, yet create other
issues in the process. Or tame some bass frequencies but deaden others, and so on.
I've already downloaded the Bass Staircase test file from here Room for Improvement
and, sure enough, the variation across different frequencies was very obvious.
Interestingly, I took it to a small local studio which does have some bass traps and wall
treatments and you could still hear some variations there too. So lots to learn yet...
But I’m not sure what would be the best way to test right across the range. The
resources page for Mike Senior’s book Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (which I
recently began reading) gives a similar file (maybe even the same one?) and says that it
covers 24hz-262hz. But I haven’t seen anything similar for other ranges. Is it
practical, or advisable, to home-make something that would do the job or are suitable
solutions readily available? The range of possibilities across all the types of
instruments that I might be dealing with seem pretty boggling - just going from bass
guitar to a banjo is enough to make me feel slightly faint.
current setup was not done with mixing or recording in mind, so it’s pretty terrible. It
will show plenty of basic faults. As such, it should be a good project to learn on as it
should be bad enough initially for me to be able to actually hear the improvements as I
go. Of course I’ll be training my ears as I go along, as well as improving the room, so
getting some good baseline info before I start the process should prove useful.
Any pointers about testing would be most welcome.