Treating A Studio Start-To-Finish #1: Desk And Speaker Placement

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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 treatment. 

And of course everything documented meticulously with detailed Room EQ Wizard measurements.

Well.. one of the reasons is that it’s surprisingly hard to do! 

Going through it all WHILE filming quickly makes such an endeavor time consuming, tedious and error prone. 

But that’s all about to change.

Over the next 4 weeks I’m teaming up with Graham from Music City Acoustics out of Nashville, to show you the acoustic treatment of their demo room, start-to-finish.

It’s a great example of your typical home studio. Small-ish, window on the front wall, doors in the corners, low ceiling.

But we won’t hold back.

Our intention is to show you exactly what it takes to treat this room. What is possible, what compromises to take and ultimately, just how much you can squeeze out of such a space.

I have to thank Graham at this point for taking on the bulk of the work here, he’s a real trooper trying to get this out to you.

In this first part we’ll show you how to place your desk and speakers correctly in the empty room. 

But this isn’t just nebulously vague advice along the lines of “face the short wall”.

We’re going to put the Bass Hunter Technique and the Phantom Speaker Test through its paces, double checking each step with measurements and subjective impressions, to see just how well placing your speakers by ear actually works.

I think you’ll be surprised.



"How to correctly place your listening position and speakers, no matter what room you're in."

  • Find the correct wall to face in your home studio
  • Optimize the low end and minimize reflection effects
  • Get the distance between wall and speakers right
  • Get a stereo image like on really good headphones

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