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Is insulation material a health hazard (for DIY bass traps)? bass traps and low frequency control

I’m sure you’ve wondered this at some point or other:

Is it really OK for your health to have all that mineral or glass wool around you in your studio?

Surely that stuff can’t be good for you, right?

I mean, those tiny little fibers must go everywhere.

What actually happens in...

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Treating A Studio Start-To-Finish #4: Do Membrane Traps Work? real-world case studies

Sub-bass control with resonance traps. The holy grail of studio acoustics.

When it comes down to it, the lowest of the lowest audio frequencies can really only be properly absorbed with targeted, tuned resonance absorbers.

For most of us DIY audio engineers, this tends to be outside the scope of...

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Treating A Studio Start-To-Finish #3: Does it actually work? real-world case studies

If you’ve been following my start-to-finish room treatment series with Graham from MusicCityAcoustics, I’m sure you’ve thought:

“Yeaaaah, that looks great ‘n all… But how well does it work?”

Well today we’re going to find out.

In this video...

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Treating A Studio Start-To-Finish #2: Panel Placement For Full Control real-world case studies

Last week Graham (from Music City Acoustics) and I started treating his new demo room by showing you in detail how to correctly place the desk and speakers.

This week, we are moving on to actually treating the room.

We’ll show you exactly how we placed acoustic panels and bass traps to...

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Treating A Studio Start-To-Finish #1: Desk And Speaker Placement real-world case studies

Have you noticed that there are actually surprisingly few videos online that walk you through the entire acoustic treatment of a home studio, step-by-step?

Starting with the empty room and the placement of the desk and speakers, all the way through planning, building and installing the...

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How to build mastering grade DIY speakers for Dolby Atmos (with Present Day Production) speakers

So you know Dolby Atmos, right?

It’s been quite the hype lately. And justifyingly so.

Some things tell me it’s here to stay.

But it’s a new technology!

For us sound engineers, there’s still quite a barrier to entry.

Price is a major problem.

A Dolby Atmos system with even...

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Confusing speaker placement tips (and how to deal with them) setting up a new studio

Have you ever wondered how different tips on acoustics seem to make sense on their own, but when you try and put them together it literally becomes impossible?

Like maybe trying to follow the 38% “rule” with your listening position, while keeping your speakers either right up to, or...

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Case Study: Control down to 25Hz with porous absorption (with measurements) real-world case studies

One of the things you’ll hear repeated regularly if you go down the DIY bass trap rabbit hole is:

You can’t control bass with porous absorbers. You need resonance absorbers (membrane, Helmholtz, whatever). Period.

Well, I beg to differ. :D

As always, it’s not a matter of...

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Knowledge Bomb #6: Subwoofers, tiled floors, sound proofing etc! 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.

01:33 - Subwoofer in...

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Why treat your room when people don’t listen in treated rooms either? mix translation & psychoacoustics

Here’s a ballsy statement that I’m sure we’ve all had at one point or other:

If people don’t listen to music in super well treated rooms with fully optimized speaker setups, then why mix in a treated room in the first place?

Doesn’t it make more sense to mix in an...

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Can you move low end nulls using a subwoofer? speakers

The low end in a home studio is a funny beast. I’m sure this isn’t news to you.

While you’re battling standing waves with everything you’ve got on one side, speaker boundary interference comes in to give you a hard low jab from the other side, only for the floor...

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