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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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When are you done with acoustic treatment? (how much is enough?) setting up a new studio

If you’re someone interested in acoustics (I’m going to assume you are, otherwise why would you be here..) and you’ve messed around a little with treatment in your room, you’ve probably asked yourself the question at some point:

How far do I need to take all this?

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Where is the best place for the studio door? setting up a new studio

Most of us DIY home studio folks are really stuck with the cards we’re dealt, aka a spare bedroom, basement or attic that we then convert to a studio.

So usually we’re not really able to chose where the studio door should go.

But sometimes we have a few options for different...

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What size computer screen is right for your room? setting up a new studio

I got this excellent question from a follower last week:

"I’m looking for buying a new computer screen/monitor and would like a modern 34” or 38” ultra wide screen. But because of my small room I have some problems to not have the screen interfere with the line of sight of...

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Is my room too small to get good sound? setting up a new studio

If you’re just about to set up a new home studio and the only option for a room you’ve got is on the small end, then I’ll bet you’ve wondered:

Is this room TOO small?

Is it even possible to get good sound in a room this size?

Or is it a lost cause and you...

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