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Avoid Studio Desk Reflections: Is it Time for an Upgrade? setting up a new studio

Are you thinking about upgrading your studio desk?

Maybe you’re even toying with the idea of an angled desk to get rid of the desk reflection?

Well, there are some good and some bad reasons to upgrade your desk.

In my opinion getting rid of the desk reflection isn’t one.

But...

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ChatGPT vs Professional Acousticians: Can AI match human expertise? setting up a new studio

Have you messed around with ChatGPT yet?

Do you remember what the very first thing was that you asked it?

I asked it to tell me a joke about psychedelics and dog paws. Here it is:

"Why did the dog take psychedelics? 

To get a different paw-spective."

High-five for technology.

But THEN I...

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Bass Traps: Just keep insulation roll sealed in plastic wrap? bass traps and low frequency control

When you go shopping for insulation material for your bass traps, it usually comes in these big rolls or packs, sealed in plastic.

It’s a pretty convenient package!

Why not just leave them as they are and stack them up in the corners?

That will also keep any fibers from flying around and...

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Analyze your studio acoustics with Genelec GRADE. Is it any good? measurements

Have you tried Room EQ Wizard to measure your room any time lately?

Then you've probably noticed that just taking the measurements is one thing.

Although even doing only that plenty of things can trip you up.

But it’s a whole other thing to know what you should look at and actually analyze...

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Reacting to Chris Lord-Alge talking monitoring tips pro mixers talking acoustics

When was the last time you optimized your workflow in your studio?

Because if you want consistent results (aka the mix that translates every time), nothing is going to get you there apart from an absolutely rock-solid, proven process of steps from start to finish.

There’s a reason that the...

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Treating A Studio Start-To-Finish #5: Your Questions Answered real-world case studies

Over the past weeks Graham of Music City Acoustics and I have been showing you step-by-step how to treat a home studio.

If you’ve missed those episodes, check them out here.

And unsurprisingly, there were a TON of questions about the whole thing.

So we decided to do a follow-up Q&A...

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3 things that make the ideal space for a home studio setting up a new studio

Home Studios are full of compromises that we have to deal with to get the best sound.

Sometimes a door is inconveniently placed in a corner that you want to use for bass trapping.

Or the wall you’d ideally want to face with your setup has a huge window in it.

Or one side is made of...

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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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