The SOS team put their DIY skills to the test, constructing a new studio desk and optimising a home studio’s acoustics.
Living south of Manchester, Graham Battersby is in the fortunate position of having retired and, now that his children have all moved out, he’s managed to wangle the largest bedroom in the house as his new studio space. His previous setup occupied the rather smaller spare bedroom, which was treated with a quantity of Auralex foam panels plus two foam corner traps, all bought second hand on eBay. So having managed to peel the panels off the walls, he was ready to fix up his new space. That’s when he called us in, as he wasn’t sure as to the best way to deploy the acoustic treatment, and with the room as it stood he wasn’t happy with the sound he was hearing, even though he had a more than decent pair of Mackie’s original HR824 monitors. He also needed to be able to record vocals in the room using his new Neumann TLM103 microphone, both for his own band, EXIT7, and for any local musicians he might attract to the studio.
Graham’s studio recording system is based around a PC running Reaper, which wasn’t giving him any problems. He also uses a Korg D888...
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