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Advice on DIY Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

Postby thre34our » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:35 am

Hello everyone.

I'm planning on purchasing the necessary sound treatment panels etc needed to treat the room I'll be working in correctly, but I wanted some advice first.

I'd like to know based on the measurements of the room I'll be in, where to place the desk, at what distance, which panels to buy, absorption, bass traps, etc.

My current setup is as follows:

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I'm currently do not own any nearfield monitors :( I'm using these:

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/event-2020-bas

Please help folks, I've come to realize how important sound treatment for the room is and I want to invest in this properly! I know a lot of this "depends on if .... " so please, feel free to ask away.
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Re: Advice on DIY Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

Postby Mike Stranks » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:12 am

Welcome!

There are numerous articles available in the SOS archive on this topic. I'm sure someone will be along shortly to point you at some specific examples if you can't find any by searching.

But the main point of my post... In my experience the companies that specialise in supplying proper acoustic treatment are very helpful in advising what you might need and how and where to place it. It's probably worth contacting them to see what they can advise. A few weeks ago I was asked by a set-up to whom I provide technical advice to checkout a new room they have to suggest appropriate acoustic treatment. They'd already been pricing options and had found that companies were more than willing to offer detailed advice as well as to sell them stuff. :)

... and the advice was good...!
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Re: Advice on DIY Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:39 am

Hi thre34our, and welcome to the SOS Forums! 8-)

I echo Mike's sentiments - there are various good companies out there offering acoustic treatment products that do so day in and day out, and who would be delighted to offer their expertise for your particular room. Yes, this would be in relation to their own products, yet still valid in a more general sense.

However, a little advice on your floor plan would be:

1. Get your listening position exactly half way across the room, otherwise your stereo imaging will be tricky to get right.

2. Try to get your listening position 38% from the front wall, which mostly puts you in a good position to avoid the worst room mode problems, which in turn means you can get away with less bass traps.


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Re: Advice on DIY Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

Postby Wonks » Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:57 am

Martin Walker wrote:1. Get your listening position exactly half way across the room, otherwise your stereo imaging will be tricky to get right.

But unfortunately, the door gets in the way and would hit the right side monitor when opened.

I take it the closet is built-in? Otherwise swapping ends would give you a better mixing position.
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Re: Advice on DIY Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:33 pm

Moving what I assume is the PC to the other side of the LH monitor and moving the RH monitor so it is behind the door when it's open might help get the listening position closer to symmetrical.
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Re: Advice on DIY Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

Postby Wonks » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:23 pm

Even just moving the PC so that the speakers are symmetrical either side of the desk would be a big improvement. You'd need to fit a door stop if you also slid the desk over a bit.
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Re: Advice on DIY Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:59 pm

Yeah, probably but the diagrams don't look particularly to scale (well the one on the left certainly). Deffo worth a bit of furniture removal either way.
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