When setting up a home recording studio there are two important things that need meticulous attention – acoustic treatment and soundproofing. These two terms look as if the same but they are completely different.
What is soundproofing ?
Soundproofing is any means of reducing the sound pressure. It is the primary requirement in order to create great music in all recording studios which can make a room resistant to the passage of sound. Soundproofing is designed to increase the degree of acoustic isolation and the environment outside of it as well. This is where you have to cut down the noise that leaks in and out of the studio.
Soundproofing has only one goal – to prevent the noise from coming in or leaving the room as much as possible. There are so many ways to stop sound from leaking. You can use some pillows, blankets, curtains and foams to be taped over windows and doors in order to keep stupid sound from escaping. These simple tricks will not only keep the sound from fleeing, it can also help neighbors avoid wreaking havocs.
How to soundproof a room
- Take account of mass to the walls
One effective way to lessen the vibration of the sound due to sound waves is to add mass around the studio especially on the walls. You can make this more effective if you do this right during the construction phase. If you already have an existing studio room it is not too late. You can add some vinyl or other mass loaded materials to keep the heap.
- Use seclusion materials
Putting some isolation or seclusion materials around the room can soothe the sound a lot better. Seal the door and window by dampen down coating and adhesive, acoustic sound barriers or even acoustic caulk to stop the leakage of the noise.
- Remove or block windows
The major source of sound leakage in the studio room is the window. This is the reason why soundproofing on areas like this must be given priority. Windows can also be the best source of natural light and ventilation. You need to decide whether to remove the windows of your room or to simply block or seal the open spaces around it.
What is acoustic treatment
Acoustic treatment is the use of any kind of absorbers, diffusers and reflectors to help a room obtain the desired acoustic sound characteristics. The use of different sound-absorbing materials can give you echo and reverberation free recording environment. The absorption and diffusion technology that is applied to a room will treat the energy lying within it. Identifying acoustic problem is as important as soundproofing a room because this is the key to catching great sound recording.
How to treat acoustic in a room
- Place bass trap in the corner
The corners of your room are the place where low frequencies usually build up. Putting some Mercury Bass Trap in each corner is the best move to attack. It should be placed between wall or ceiling in the horizontal junction and on the rear wall.
- Treat reflections as early as possible
If you hear reflections that cannot be distinguished as a separate source it can be a problem during recording sessions or even on critical listening applications right away. So, if you want your recording to flow smoothly, block this disturbing thing in the very first place. See the speaker’s best reflection while you are in listening position to find the best speaker’s location.
- Control the ambience
For you to control the ambience and late reflections, treat the rear position of the room at the same time. One way to absorb the direct sound from the speakers is to place some Mercury Wedges on the rear wall of your room.
Experience a new level of sound clarity in your recording studio by soundproofing and using acoustic treatments. Your expensive speakers are useless if you put them is a crappy listening environment. Pay attention to your room and stop worrying about room acoustics.
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