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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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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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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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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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Why you can’t calculate how much treatment you need setting up a new studio

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app or piece of software out there that just calculates the acoustics in a room?

You just plug in the size of your room and it spits out where you put absorber panels and diffusors.

Surely that should be possible right?

But somehow that magic...

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If my room is asymmetrical, how does that affect treatment? setting up a new studio

Let me take a bold guess:

Your home studio doesn’t have the optimal, symmetrical shape you’d like.

How did I do?

Yet pretty much all advice you find about treating home studios assumes you are working with a rectangular bunker.

But at the very least, there’s an awkward door and...

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Three studio acoustics effects you will never get rid of setting up a new studio

Have you ever noticed the surprising lack of proper acoustic measurements of pro studios out there?

Sure, there's the odd frequency response buried in a forum thread somewhere, and they pop up on Facebook every once in a while.

But why is it that pro acousticians don't post more...

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Ideal Room Dimensions: Is the golden ratio really that good? setting up a new studio

Have you ever heard of using the golden ratio to pick a size for your studio?

You know. That inherently beautiful constant of nature that seems to pop up everywhere?

Like in sea shells, hurricanes, and even the most famous drum loop of them all, the "Amen Break".

(I kid you not, check it...

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Hybrid Studio: How to combine mixing & recording acoustics setting up a new studio

We keep talking about treating our home studios for mixing purposes.

But of course many of us actually do a fair bit of recording in the same room as well.

So what does that change in terms of acoustic treatment?

What do you focus on first?

How do you approach the problem?

In this...

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Where to put the bed in a bedroom studio? setting up a new studio

So. What if you can’t dedicate your entire room to sound?

Maybe you’re literally working out of a bedroom studio.

How do you best deal with that huge chunk of wood and fabric being in the room?

In this video I want to show you what impact having your bed in the room will have...

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Cube Room: How to make it work setting up a new studio

Are you one of the unlucky b*strds working out of cube-shaped room?

I’m just messing with ya. 

I think it’s totally blown out of proportion how bad cube rooms really are.

So let’s take a deep breath, release some tension in our shoulders, and learn about why a cube...

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