When are you done with acoustic treatment? (how much is enough?)

setting up a new studio

If you’re someone interested in acoustics (I’m going to assume you are, otherwise why would you be here..) and you’ve messed around a little with treatment in your room, you’ve probably asked yourself the question at some point:

How far do I need to take all this?

Sure, it’s fun to move your setup and speakers around, put some panels on the wall and see what changes.

But this rabbit hole goes so much deeper.

But when does it end? How much is enough?

When are you finally done with treating your room?

I’ve thought about this a great deal since the question popped up many years ago.

It’s surprisingly hard to answer.

Because pure numbers don’t tell the story. 

It’s sort of like asking: When is the mix done?

In the end it all depends on what you set out to achieve in the first place. 

And in acoustic terms, that means having an honest look at what we truly want when we treat our rooms.

Here’s what I’ve come up with.



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