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Should Bass traps be symmetrical

Postby clube » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:03 am

My control room has one straight side wall where I plan to build corner bass traps left front and left back. But the other side wall has a couple of right angles along it as it narrows towards a door opening which adjoins the back wall at back right position stopping the use of a corner bass trap there. But I could build the bass trap into the second of the side wall right-angles just before the door section – asymmetrically with its left back counterpart.
At right front I have a large sunken space for a substantial bass trap which would be much deeper and more effective at its job than the one at left front; but like the back of the room, the front would also be asymmetrical in bass trap design.

Does this matter do you think?
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Re: Should Bass traps be symmetrical

Postby GIK Acoustics » Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:34 pm

For the rear of the room, we haven't seen asymmetrical bass traps destroy stereo image by any means. If you can only get one large one and one small one in the back corners, then so be it. However, different traps in the front corners can give much different frequency response in the low end from left to right at your mix position, which would not be good. Can you post a diagram of the room? Perhaps there is a better way to situate yourself for low end symmetry.
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Re: Should Bass traps be symmetrical

Postby clube » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:34 pm

Thanks Alexander - The design is shown at this web page link I made for you after failing to find out how to add attachments to SOS posts.
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Re: Should Bass traps be symmetrical

Postby GIK Acoustics » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:39 am

Hmm..it is a bit tricky in that room isn't it?!

I would likely suggest facing the window to get the most symmetry out of your position, and your plan would be good from there.

Don't forget that wall-to-ceiling corners are also very effective for trapping. The layout you provided will definitely help, but even then - you will likely need more trapping in the room. (Sidewalls, ceiling, back wall, etc)
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