How to mix in an untreated room with Bobby Torres (Frightbox Recording)

mix translation & psychoacoustics

If there's one thing I WON'T tell you in any of my videos or emails, it's that you absolutely HAVE to treat your room.

In fact what I've learned over time is that for most people, just doing the basics is often enough. It's those first few measures that tend to bring the largest benefit.

But even for those of us who take things one step further to a fully treated room:

Making great music still is up to creative juices, skill and work flow.

You'll always be the cook in your kitchen.  It won't cook that soup for you, no matter how expensive it is.

(Unless you get a Thermomix, just about the most German appliance out there.)

But some of us don't even need any acoustic treatment at all.

In the "pro" world, they are definitely the outliers (hence my observation above).

But they ARE out there, and especially for us home studio folks who are just getting started, they are a gold mine of valuable knowledge.

They usually perfected the "skill" and "work flow" part of the equation, simply because they HAD to.

One such nut case is Bobby Torres of Frightbox Recording. He's been recording and mixing in an untreated room for years now.

So to understand how he does it, I jumped on a call with him to tease out the tricks he's learned to reliably work around the issues in his room.



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