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Let’s talk bass trapping. Placing bass traps in particular.

Because when you’re trying to tackle that endlessly confusing topic of low end control in your home studio, it can be so easy to get caught up in rabbit holes that have you questioning your sanity in no time.

And I can’t have that happening!

So when you’re placing bass traps in the corner of your room, do you need to cover it entirely, floor to ceiling?

Or is it good enough to just focus on half the corner, let’s say?

As so often, to answer this question, we could go into intense theoretical debates that don’t really lead anywhere.

But ultimately it boils down to two basic facts in my experience, that I want to share with you in this video.

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So you sit down to work on a mix, you press play, and for a few seconds everything seems fine.

But then the bass kicks in and just as it hits that one note, all hell breaks loose.

This super loud, super annoying resonance hits your ears.

It soon passes, you shake it off, and for a moment, you forget.

But then the bass hits that note again and your room just goes nuts! You press stop in agony and bewilderment.

What is going on!!?!?

The room just seems to go crazy when the bass hits that one, exact frequency!


"Damn, this room has some serious low end issues!“

The bass is all over the place. Total suck out over here, massive resonance over there.

"We need some PROPER bass absorption in here and even that out!“

As it turns out, that’s not exactly what happens.

If you expect your low end to sound the same everywhere, if you just put enough low end treatment in your room, then you’ll be thoroughly disappointed.

There are two very simple reasons why this will never be the case, even in the most high-end, top-notch, treated studios.

It also means that "testing“ your room for bass problems just by walking around, listening to music and checking how the bass changes, doesn’t actually reveal very much.

UNLESS you make sure to take those two effects out of the equation first.


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