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How to build mastering grade DIY speakers for Dolby Atmos (with Present Day Production) speakers

So you know Dolby Atmos, right?

It’s been quite the hype lately. And justifyingly so.

Some things tell me it’s here to stay.

But it’s a new technology!

For us sound engineers, there’s still quite a barrier to entry.

Price is a major problem.

A Dolby Atmos system with even...

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Confusing speaker placement tips (and how to deal with them) setting up a new studio

Have you ever wondered how different tips on acoustics seem to make sense on their own, but when you try and put them together it literally becomes impossible?

Like maybe trying to follow the 38% “rule” with your listening position, while keeping your speakers either right up to, or...

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Case Study: Control down to 25Hz with porous absorption (with measurements) real-world case studies

One of the things you’ll hear repeated regularly if you go down the DIY bass trap rabbit hole is:

You can’t control bass with porous absorbers. You need resonance absorbers (membrane, Helmholtz, whatever). Period.

Well, I beg to differ. :D

As always, it’s not a matter of...

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Knowledge Bomb #6: Subwoofers, tiled floors, sound proofing etc! 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.

01:33 - Subwoofer in...

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Why treat your room when people don’t listen in treated rooms either? mix translation & psychoacoustics

Here’s a ballsy statement that I’m sure we’ve all had at one point or other:

If people don’t listen to music in super well treated rooms with fully optimized speaker setups, then why mix in a treated room in the first place?

Doesn’t it make more sense to mix in an...

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Can you move low end nulls using a subwoofer? speakers

The low end in a home studio is a funny beast. I’m sure this isn’t news to you.

While you’re battling standing waves with everything you’ve got on one side, speaker boundary interference comes in to give you a hard low jab from the other side, only for the floor...

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Egg cartons are bad for acoustics. But why exactly…? setting up a new studio

This week I thought I’d cover an acoustic treatment topic that is omnipresent, but I don’t think I’ve ever talked about before.

The gloom and doom of…

Egg cartons!

I think we are all in agreement that egg cartons aren’t acoustic treatment. (right…!?)

And if...

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Knowledge Bomb #5: 1” and 2” acoustic panels, floor reflection, wood slats and more! 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.

  • 02:05 - Why...
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Acoustic treatment for voice-over work (vocal booths)

It finally happened. 

You’ve asked a million times. And now it’s finally done.

I sat down with “Booth Junkie” Michael, and we recorded a masterclass on treating vocal booths and acoustic treatment for voice-over work.

It’s all in there, we left nothing...

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Wood slats on top of absorbers? panel placement & reflections

Have you seen those studio pictures lately where people cover an entire wall with wood slats?

Sometimes it’s just on the back wall, and sometimes the entire front wall behind the speakers is covered.

Usually there are gaps between the individual slats, so it’s probably fair to...

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Case Study: Low end treatment in an attic studio (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 there are all these weird corners to deal with.

Is it even worth...

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