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    Studio SOS: Cube-shaped Room

    Pete Keen & Nick Smith

    Setting up your studio in a cube-shaped room isn't a very good idea, as Pete Keen and Nick Smith found out to their cost. So the Studio SOS team set off to Kidderminster to help find some solutions to the inevitable acoustic problems.

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    Q. Where has all the bass gone?

    I recently moved house and, having now set up my equipment in a new room, I seem to have lost all of the bass end. My monitors are set up as they should be and my setup worked and sounded fine at the last house, but now for some reason the bass is only prominent at a point just behind my head in my normal sitting position. Any suggestions?

    Sound Advice Aug 2004
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    Studio SOS: Drum Sounds

    Peter May

    The SOS team help Peter May to brush up his drum sounds and put more life into his mixes.

    Techniques Jul 2004
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    Q. How can I address the uneven bass response in my studio?

    I've been encountering some problems with standing waves in the room were I do my mixing. The bass response is very uneven and I'm considering investing in some acoustic treatment, but I don't really know were to start. What are my options?

    Sound Advice Apr 2004
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    Studio SOS: NY Basement Blues

    Glenn Bucci

    During the October 2003 AES Convention in New York, the SOS team managed to make it to Amityville to help reader (and SOS Forum regular) Glenn Bucci with his recorded guitar and bass sounds.

    Techniques Jan 2004
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    Monitoring & Acoustic Treatment

    Studio Installation Workshop

    There's little use spending money on fancy mics, processors and plug-ins if your speakers are badly placed and your room's frequency response has more peaks than the Himalayas! So here we'll be looking at practical ways to improve your recording and listening environments.

    Techniques May 2003
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    Studio SOS: Chesty Vocals & Mystery Buzzes

    Dave Stevens

    The SOS team visit reader Dave Stevens' home studio to sort out a chesty vocal sound, investigate a mystery digital buzz, and hand out some mastering tips.

    Techniques May 2003
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    Studio SOS: Uneven Bass Response

    Dave Wraight

    Dave Wraight had been having trouble with his mixes, despite twice upgrading his speaker system, so the SOS team set about diagnosing and treating his monitoring problems.

    Techniques Apr 2003
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    Studio SOS: Loft Acoustics

    Tom Fox

    Recording in a converted attic, Tom Fox was having serious problems with his acoustics while recording drums, so the SOS team drove over to Yorkshire to sort things out.

    Techniques Mar 2003
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    Andy Cross: Zoo Audio


    Although we don't usually cover commercial studios in Readerzone, Andy Cross's small Zoo Audio studio has found its way here because it is one of the few studios in the country to contain an Esmono recording booth.

    People Jan 2003
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    Studio SOS: Boxy Vocals & A Weedy Mix

    Nick Tucker

    The SOS team rushes to the rescue of a reader in Somerset suffering from boxy vocals, a weedy mix, and a dodgy tweeter.

    Techniques Oct 2002
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    Studio SOS: Mixes That Don't Travel

    Tim Way

    Another reader's studio gets the benefit of expert SOS staff attention. This month, it's the turn of Tim Way, whose mixes sound fine in his own studio, but don't travel well.

    Techniques Sep 2002
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    Studio Installation Workshop

    Basic Tools & Techniques

    Most SOS readers seem either to be setting up a studio or refining their existing setup, and could save money and hassle by doing much of the wiring and installation themselves. We explain how.

    Techniques Sep 2002
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    Studio Ergonomics

    How To Identify & Minimise The Risks

    Most SOS readers spend a lot of time considering what equipment to buy, and learning how it works. But it's also important to consider the ergonomics of your studio if you're to avoid the possibility of painful, and surprisingly common, strain injuries.

    Techniques Jan 2002
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    Figure 1. Typical 'room-within-a-room' design.

    Practical Studio Design: Part5

    Room-Within-A-Room Construction

    In this final instalment, we present a practical overview of the 'room‑within‑a‑room' principle which is used in the construction of virtually all major studios.

    Techniques Dec 1993
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    Practical Studio Design: Part4

    Floors & Ceilings

    Having dealt with walls and floors, we move on to the floors and ceilings of the studio, with a view to reducing sound leakage even further.

    Techniques Nov 1993
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    Practical Studio Design: Part3

    Building And Improving Walls & Partitions

    We turn our attention to uprating studio walls, as well as techniques for building sound‑isolating partitions.

    Techniques Oct 1993
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    Figure 6: Patio door construction.

    Practical Studio Design: Part2

    Soundproofing Doors And Windows

    This month, we examine doors and windows, the most vulnerable areas when it comes to sound leakage.

    Techniques Sep 1993
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    Figure 3: Spacing two walls apart.

    Practical Studio Design: Part1

    The Principles Of Soundproofing

    SOS begins an in‑depth series on practical studio design. This month, the emphasis is on measures you can take to soundproof your studio or practice room.

    Techniques Aug 1993


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