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Case Study: Bass trap control in a DIFFICULT room (measurements) real-world case studies

I always say: You can improve the sound in ANY room with acoustic treatment.

How FAR you can take things is another question. A lot of it depends on just how much space we are willing to sacrifice.

But the fact is: Some rooms are just more difficult than others.

And the location of doors and...

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Don’t confuse “DEAD” and “DRY” room sound what sound engineers need to know

I think we’ve all heard the stories of people plastering their rooms with pyramid foam from Amazon. 

Maybe you were even one of the lucky ones to try such a masterpiece yourself..? (high five)

Then you’ll know how bad such a “dead” space can be.

It’s absolutely...

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DON’T use ALTERNATIVE (eco-friendly) INSULATION materials! bass traps and low frequency control

You might be surprised to hear that I don’t recommend using alternative or eco-friendly insulation materials in your DIY bass traps and absorbers.

Despite the fact that there are plenty of examples out there of non-mineral wool products that are great at absorbing sound!

And especially, if...

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Referencing on other systems won’t ever stop what sound engineers need to know

Do you sometimes wish you could stop the need for referencing your mixes on other systems altogether?

Maybe because whenever you listen to a mix in your car, or your ear buds, you dread the unpredictability of something having gone totally wrong?

Well, rest assured, you’re not the only...

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You can’t fix bass once the room is done what sound engineers need to know

Let me paraphrase an email I get about 3 times a day:

“Jescooooo the low end in my room is messed up, what do I need to do!?!”

“But I can’t move my desk, it’s way too heavy, and the room also doubles as my office, my wife’s hobby room and storage for my...

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What EVERY audio interface NEEDS (for home studio acoustics) speakers

I recently stumbled across this really small, understated Facebook post by audio interface manufacturer RME that led to an even more understated entry on their company forum.

They were simply announcing another feature update to TotalMix FX, the management software for their interfaces.

But what...

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Acoustic treatment IS NOT about good getting sound what sound engineers need to know

If you've been down the rabbit hole of treating your studio, then you know:

It's suuuuuper easy to get lost in the process.

Often enough it can lead to just giving up. 

Or maybe even worse: you end up obsessed about details that totally don't matter.

You endlessly turn in circles, trying...

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Case Study: Controlling the bass in a tiny square room (measurements) real-world case studies

Oftentimes the absolute WORST rooms to set up your home studio in are said to be perfect squares.

When the length and width (and sometimes height) of the room are the same, all the room modes pile up at the same frequencies and make getting a balanced low end close to impossible.

Stay away from...

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The 38% rule (and why you should IGNORE it) setting up a new studio

Have you heard about the 38 percent rule? 

This is something that pops up a lot when you're researching speaker positioning, listener positioning and setting up a new room.

But I always thought this was really confusing when I first stumbled across this. 

What 38 percent are we talking...

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Home Studio Acoustics: Is my room a NIGHTMARE to treat? setting up a new studio

Thinking about studio acoustics can be confusing a.f.

Every little thing seems to affect every little other thing. And round and round we go.

If you then have some major part of the room causing a seemingly unsolvable headache, the question can quickly creep up:

“Is my room going to be a...

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Knowledge Bomb #10: Multi Subs, LP Filtering Satellites, REW Smoothing youtube comments q&a

It’s time for another YouTube Comments Knowledge Bomb!

As always, this is where I answer your questions from the YouTube comments.

Of course we’ve got chapters, so feel free to binge the whole thing, or jump to whichever question tickles you the right way first.

01:47 - Do drum...

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“I’ve done some treatment, but I need to fix the low end!” bass traps and low frequency control

So I get some form of the following question with a regularity that I could set my clocks by it:

“I've done quite a bit of treatment in my room. I've got my speakers and my gear set up. I'm quite comfortable in the room and I've got enough panels to reduce the reverb and control early...

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