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 pinball machine collection!”

“Basically I can’t change a thing..”


Obviously I’m being sarcastic.

But I’m sure you can feel the underlying truth as you’re reading this.

And to be honest, I don’t respond negatively to these types of emails, because we all have to go through this process to learn the all important lesson:

You can’t fix the low end once the room is done.

That’s because we need to attack the low end problem in our home studios from different angles that are all important:

  • Room geometry
  • Listener and speaker placement
  • Treatment
  • EQ

And that requires careful attention right from the beginning of setting up our room.

Let me explain what I mean in this week’s video on “What sound engineers NEED to know”.



"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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