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The 38% rule (and why you should IGNORE it) setting up a new studio

Have you heard about the 38 percent rule? 

This is something that pops up a lot when you're researching speaker positioning, listener positioning and setting up a new room.

But I always thought this was really confusing when I first stumbled across this. 

What 38 percent are we talking...

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Home Studio Acoustics: Is my room a NIGHTMARE to treat? setting up a new studio

Thinking about studio acoustics can be confusing a.f.

Every little thing seems to affect every little other thing. And round and round we go.

If you then have some major part of the room causing a seemingly unsolvable headache, the question can quickly creep up:

“Is my room going to be a...

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Knowledge Bomb #10: Multi Subs, LP Filtering Satellites, REW Smoothing youtube comments q&a

It’s time for another YouTube Comments Knowledge Bomb!

As always, this is where I answer your questions from the YouTube comments.

Of course we’ve got chapters, so feel free to binge the whole thing, or jump to whichever question tickles you the right way first.

01:47 - Do drum...

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“I’ve done some treatment, but I need to fix the low end!” bass traps and low frequency control

So I get some form of the following question with a regularity that I could set my clocks by it:

“I've done quite a bit of treatment in my room. I've got my speakers and my gear set up. I'm quite comfortable in the room and I've got enough panels to reduce the reverb and control early...

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Case Study: Just 10 bass traps! (with measurements) real-world case studies

As we’re setting up a new studio in our spare bedroom, basement or attic there’s often this nagging thought of:

“Man, is this really gonna work..?”

The room is SO small. The ceiling is SUPER low. And the resonances in here are just OFF THE CHARTS.

Is it even worth doing...

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“My room is asymmetrical. Should I fix it?” setting up a new studio

One of the odd things about home studios is..

well..

that they’re slightly odd.

Who here doesn’t have to deal with at least SOME random asymmetric feature in their room, like an inconvenient window, door or wall?

But how large is the impact of the typical asymmetric oddities in our...

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Subwoofers: 3 things to get right BEFORE investing in a sub speakers

Are you hearing your low end properly? 

Or there's some imbalance there that’s messing you up? 

Maybe you've even done some measurements that revealed some bad dips in the frequency response.

Or your speakers are just really small and you want some more low frequency extension to...

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Should you flush mount your speakers? speakers

Let's talk about flush mounting speakers. 

This is where you basically build your speakers right into the front wall of your studio. 

Maybe you've seen this around, especially from high grade mastering studios.

And if you've asked about speaker placement on some forum, somebody surely...

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Reacting to Eric Valentine’s studio build pro mixers talking acoustics

Tube traps. VPRs. Helmholtz resonators. Membrane traps.

There are a lot of options when it comes to controlling the low end in your studio.

But we hardly ever see them pitted against each other.

That’s because the effort involved is HUGE. 

And so much can go wrong.

But someone who...

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Does narrow speaker directivity (cardioid bass) affect treatment? speakers

In my opinion there's one development in speaker system design that has largely been ignored by studio monitor companies:

Matching speaker directivity to a given space.

It's a little weird.

Designers of big venue sound systems have been developing and refining this technique for about 30 years...

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Knowledge Bomb #9: Best 2nd Speakers, Jescos Studio, Trapping Limits youtube comments q&a

It’s time for another YouTube Comments Knowledge Bomb!

As always, this is where I answer your questions from the YouTube comments.

Of course we’ve got chapters, so feel free to binge the whole thing, or jump to whichever question tickles you the right way first.

01:37 - Second set of...

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“Are my mixes too bright because my high end is overdamped?” mix translation & psychoacoustics

Have you been in this situation: 

You are mixing in your room, maybe with some basic treatment, and whenever you take your mixes outside of the studio, they turn out a little bit harsh, just a bit too bright?

There's just a little bit too much high end in your mixes. 

Consistently with...

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