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Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby jimh76 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:19 pm

Hi,

This is a serious question, but cheeky/funny answers will be allowed....

I recorded vox in my home studio yesterday, using a rode NT1 with an SE Reflexion Filter behind the mic. As it's Christmas, it's been decided that my studio (the front room) is the place to put the (Fake) Christmas tree. Due to space issues, I had to have the vocalist stand with their back to the tree, and I must say I feel the tree absorbed a lot of the rogue reflections from behind the singer (not quite as good as the ubiquitous duvet though).

Am I imagining this? Is there a reason why this shouldn't work?

I'm not suggesting that in June I'll get the tree from the loft, decorate it and then place behind a singer when doing a future session, but the vocals seemed to be slightly less coloured than I usually get, unless the duvet makes an appearance.

Again, am I imagining it?

Does the colour of the lights make a difference? (alright, this part of the question wasn't serious.......;o) :crazy:

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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:24 pm

It's bound to defuse the sound somewhat and probably absorb too. Not sure it would be remotely linear though.

Obviously you need the correct colour lights if you plan recording the Blues :D
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:17 pm

Makes me wonder how thin your singer was if the tree was right behind them and diffusion was the result. :think:
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Bob Bickerton » Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:52 pm

On a related matter Santa makes a great bass trap..........

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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:45 am

Bob Bickerton wrote:On a related matter Santa makes a great bass trap..........

...the only problem being that he finds it difficult to get down the chimney, so you might end up with a resonant tube trap if he gets stuck at one end.
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Dynamic Mike » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:20 am

jimh76 wrote:Does the colour of the lights make a difference? (alright, this part of the question wasn't serious.......;o) :crazy:

I'm not sure the colour of the lights will make much difference, but I think you'll find you can get a more natural, warmer result by using an analogue tree. You will however have to keep a close eye on the needles.
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby jimh76 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:28 am

:lol:
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby blinddrew » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:31 am

I'm sure there's a product line in Arboreal Absorption for the first person to get it to market...
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby garrettendi » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:53 am

You could definitely get better absorption by putting presents under the tree.

I recommend a new guitar or synth for maximum acoustic-ness
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Peevy » Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:16 pm

blinddrew wrote:I'm sure there's a product line in Arboreal Absorption for the first person to get it to market...

Someone who's looking to branch out?
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby jimjazzdad » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:12 pm

Of course the really well treated rooms use Christmas trees as acoustic clouds as well...Image
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Dynamic Mike » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:39 pm

Is that a Decca Tree?
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:44 pm

:lol: :clap:
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby blinddrew » Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:56 am

Dynamic Mike wrote:Is that a Decca Tree?
:clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Folderol » Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:08 am

blinddrew wrote:
Dynamic Mike wrote:Is that a Decca Tree?
:clap: :clap: :clap:
:bouncy: :lol:
from me too :)

Actually, I've only just recovered from the embarrassment of covering my walls with cardboard egg boxes, so I'm not going to fall for filling the room with Christmas trees!
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:30 am

Folderol wrote:Actually, I've only just recovered from the embarrassment of covering my walls with cardboard egg boxes, so I'm not going to fall for filling the room with Christmas trees!

I tried that too, caused a hell of a mess when all the eggs fell out :oops:
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby CS70 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:30 pm

Just think what happens when the all these christmas trees on the wall fall down!
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Rich Hanson » Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:22 pm

Am I the only one hearing the thread title to the tune of Camptown Races? :tongue:

Doo-da doo-da
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Wonks » Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:29 pm

You were. You're not now. :tongue:
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Re: Christmas Tree Absorbing Sound?

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:53 pm

I'm still trying to work out what sound will absorb Christmas trees :D

Maybe it's "Doo-da doo-da"?
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