I play in a rock band and ever since I started to play music I am always the one recording the demos and then mixing them for years now, so the whole mixing thing somehow grew to me and I got really into the topic.
I never had the chance to mix on proper speakers, I was always using multiple references to get it approx. done, but I was never fully satisfied. I decided to take the next step and get some entry level monitors.
Let me tell you a bit about the room where I would do the mixing. It is basically my living room, where I have a couch, two armchairs a desk with a PC and another one with my TV, but the walls are empty so I have quite some space for Acoustic Treatment.
The size is L: 18' 4'' W: 17' H: 10' 2''
I am thinking between the Yamaha HS7 and HS8. Budget wise, if I really wanted to push it I could go for the HS8, but I would rather get the HS7 and spend the difference on Acoustic Treatment. What makes me a bit uncertain is, that I have read in several threads, that the difference in the low frequencies is quite big. Some say they have no issues getting the lows right on HS7 some say they need a sub for them. Unfortunately where I live, there is nowhere I could go and listen to them, so I would really need your advice on this one.
The other topic is Acoustic Treatment. I was planning to do some DIY Bass Traps using rock wool. I was thinking of building one for all vertical corners and 3 for the upper horizontal ones (I am not able to cover all 4 up there as I have windows on that side). I do not have much experience with this, so excuse me for the possibly silly questions, but do I have to build the traps to cover the whole length of the horizontal upper corners or is it enough to place them on certain spots? Same question goes for the vertical ones.
What would you recommend to place on the walls and which spots as a DIY solution? I suppose the cheap foam pyramid panels would do much?
The third topic is the speaker placement. I tried to calculate some realistic positioning, that would not interfere with our everyday life but I am not sure if this is a good placement.
The speakers would be on speaker stands next to the two sides of my TV desk. The TV would serve as the screen to which I connect my PC. The speakers would be 1'4'' from the rear wall, 6'2'' from the side walls and approx. 6'6'' from each other. Could this set up work in this room? I have attached the layout and my plan as a picture, green dot is my position, red is speakers.
I really appreciate any help and advice you can give me.
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I just built 2 big gobos really helps with my tracking.. my advice would be have computer coming out long ways from the window, so speakers are even an both have walls to bounce off, place a diffuser at the rear and get some thick curtains for window
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