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Ideal Room Dimensions: When Is It Actually Worth Optimizing Ratios? setting up a new studio

If you’re setting up a studio in a new room, or you’re thinking of switching to a different room, you’ve probably come across the idea of ideal room dimensions or optimizing ratios.

And maybe you’re actually in a position where you’re seriously considering...

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Speaker Size vs Room Size: Looking At The Science speakers

If you’re searching for a new speaker for your studio, you’ve probably wondered what the best size for your room is.

Should you get a speaker with a 5-inch woofer? Or maybe 6-inch? Or maybe even 8-inch?

What about speakers with a horizontal driver layout instead of a vertical...

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Broadband Bass Traps: What About Frequencies You Don't Want To Fix? bass traps and low frequency control

After my last video, I got the following question:

“I have problems with some peaks in the bass and to me it looks like if I put in broadband absorbers it will absorb more in the frequencies that I don't have problems with. Won't that give more/other problems?"

That's a valid...

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Why "Bass Traps" Aren't Actually Bass Traps bass traps and low frequency control

What do you think of when you hear the word "bass trap"?

A triangular foam wedge? A square box wrapped in fabric? A tube trap?

Bass traps come in so many different sizes, shapes, thicknesses and densities. It can be super confusing!

But what actually is a "bass trap" when it comes down...

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Recording Room Acoustics On A Budget (Podcast) podcasts

Have you noticed that in our little music studio world, it seems like 95% of the tips on acoustics and treating your room are all about optimizing mixing rooms.

But what about recording or live room acoustics?

Do the same techniques and approaches even work? What should you focus on here?...

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"I've got this annoying resonance at 126Hz!!" bass traps and low frequency control

If you have this problem you'll know exactly what I’m talking about:

You sit down to work on a mix, you press play, and for a few seconds everything seems fine. 

But then the bass kicks in and just as it hits that one note, all hell breaks loose.

This super loud, super annoying...

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The One Problem No Bass Trap Can Fix bass traps and low frequency control

Have you tested your room’s low end, or visited another studio, and while walking around you thought:

"Damn, this room has some serious low end issues!“

The bass is all over the place. Total suck out over here, massive resonance over there.

"We need some PROPER bass absorption...

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Can Bass Traps Take Away Too Much Bass? bass traps and low frequency control

I’m sure you’ve heard the advice before that:

"You can’t have too many bass traps!“

But you’ve probably also heard stories off people putting way too much absorption in their room and it ending up sounding over-damped, or even "dead“.

You get that...

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Pressure vs Velocity: Which Bass Trap Should You Get? bass traps and low frequency control

I've already showed you a simple way to figure out if the bass trap you are thinking about getting for your room is a pressure (tuned/resonance/membrane) trap, or a velocity trap (porous, broadband), and what that means about how they work and how to use it.

But which type is actually the...

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Having Trouble Finding The Best Bass Trap For Your Room? bass traps and low frequency control

Are you having trouble finding the right bass trap for your studio?

You know you need more low end control, so you go online and you google "bass traps". But there are just so many different products and designs out there and they all sort of promise the same thing!

"Best bass trap on the...

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The 3 Big Wins Of Studio Acoustics With Jesco Lohan On darko.audio podcasts

I recently spoke to John of darko.audio, a blog and Youtube channel on all things high-fidelity speakers and improving listening room sound quality.

Now my focus here on Acoustics Insider is on audio professionals and improving the sound in home and project studios. But John's just a cool...

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ADAM Audio “Behind Closed Doors“ speakers

If you had the chance to get an inside look at a loudspeaker company like ADAM Audio, what would you want to see?

If you didn’t have to be “politically correct“ and truly got to go behind the scenes, what would you want to know?

Yesterday, I got the chance to do just that.

And...

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