Hugh Robjohns wrote:Blott wrote:The bad news is the laminate flooring just isn't working for me, it's too reflective even with the rug laying on it and a sofa inside.
Do you have acoustic treatment up yet? If not, I wouldn't rush to rip it up!
With effective broadband absorbers on the mirror points, bass traps in the corner, and a cloud overhead a laminated floor isn't normally a problem -- and in most cases it's actually very useful and practical!I know I could try and control this more with room treatments, but I'm not sure I have the time and patience required to do that properly, so I'm leaning towards carpeting the room instead.
A carpeted floor is no substitute for properly located and effective acoustic treatment. Not even close...
The laminate floor is still intact as present! :)
My problem with the room treatment is the cost...
The build of the studio itself has already gone over budget by around £1000. :(
Gik Acoustic room kits start from £600 and the cheapest room kit with clouds sets you back nearly £800!!!
Funds are very tight now, in fact to quote Sir Edmund Blackadder "I'm as poor as a church mouse, that's just had an enormous tax bill on the very day his wife ran off with another mouse, taking all the cheese"! :)
Obviously I'd have the best of everything if money was no object, but sadly the reality is I can't afford to do too much more right now - I've £400, could probably scramble to £500 but that's my lot!
The studio isn't big. It's only 15ft long, 9ft wide with a 7' ceiling and I worry that the amount of treatments necessary to control this level of reflection may just make a small studio space feel even smaller.
Of course I'm not arguing that a carpeted floor is a substitute for a properly treated room (I know it isn't), but it was effective in helping deaden my prior home studio and I'm thinking it may be a better compromise solution - at least in the short term.
I can have the floor carpeted with a decent 12mm underlay and thick pile carpet for £330.
If you're saying I could achieve better results with acoustic treatments for around the same cost then I'd definitely do it.