If I asked you the question in the title, how would you reply?
Would you say..:
“Yes, of course! You don’t want to end up with a “dead“ sounding room, after all.”
“You’re gonna be spending hours, days, weeks in that room! You really don’t want to end up with a room that gives you that claustrophobic feeling every time you walk in. A room that has all the life sucked out of it.”
And in general, I’d agree with you!
I was asked to treat a room fully covered in pyramid foam just last week. It was not nice to be in.
And it’s a nightmare working from it as well!
Getting your balance right sometimes feels like a total guessing game. And let’s not even talk about the low end…
It’s that constant getting in the way of your creativity. The constant breaks you have to take because nothing you are listening to seems to make sense.
By the way, have you ever had that tripping moment where you think you’re hearing something out of place in the material, that wasn’t there before? But when you go looking for it, you just can’t find it? And when you come back to it the next day, everything sounds fine?
There’s actually a clue above as to what’s going on. Did you catch it?
There’s one simple tweak you can make to „having too much absorption”, that will guarantee that you’ll never end up with a “dead“ room.
A simple tweak that lets your room continue to feel large and spacious, as you add in more absorption, and really start to gain control.
Once you get this right, you can stop worrying about over-dampening and focus on getting results in your work instead.
And it’ll be a room that actually feels really comfortable to be in. More like your grandparents living room, when you went over to visit as a kid. Warm, friendly, lovely.
Remember the goal:
You want a room sound that lets you hear everything in the music, that lets you rely on what you are hearing, and make decisions in full confidence, that your music will translate to the outside world.
And that means it’s not about how much absorption you put in your room, but what kind of absorption.
After all, that’s what determines your room’s character: