The most important and most indispensable piece of equipment a musician can ever have is the ears and running a very close second is a mixing environment, the room. This is the reason why setting up your room things is essential. This is the base where you need to find out where to put your speakers, whether you need acoustic treatment and how would you properly place those stuffs. But to be able to figure out what the problems are with the room, it is necessary to use frequency scanning techniques and other useful instruments to help decide what the best ways to address those possible issues.
Testing and analyzing the room acoustic is vital in building a home recording studio. Getting to know your room and making some adjustments can lead you to have a perfect music recording. An ordinary testing is not really advisable in this because human’s eye can’t actually see the difference not even feel it. Hiring a veteran music mixing engineer is great but if you are on a tight budget, tries doing it yourself. Find the sweetest spot of your home and fix the mix to have the best home recording.
Optimizing things can truly help to make your music sounds better. To start moving forward on the procedure, consider these requirements before start analyzing you’re the acoustic of your room:
- Set up the equipment such as studio monitors, DAW, computer, audio interface etc. completely as possible
- Turn on your computer as well as the studio monitors. Play some music. Both monitors should be well-functioned.
- Add subwoofers if you have so that you can analyze the acoustics of your room with the subwoofer.
- Put some room acoustic materials as soon as possible that include bass traps placement, absorption materials, diffusers soon and so forth.
- Make sure the microphone is at the same level with the tweeters.
- Ensure that the studio monitors are well-arranged. It should have an equilateral triangle shape with the mixing position to where you will sit and listen to the mix.
- Download a test tone or frequency scanning techniques such as pick noise. If your subwoofer or near-field monitor is just able to reproduce 50Hz then start analyzing at this frequency.
If your room is now ready for the test to follow these three easy tips:
- Open live preferences
This step could be an easy way. It is just a simple frequency sweep to know the frequency level of the room. You can use the tone generator inside your room to do this. A tone generator is effective to remove the frequency spectrum. This is where you will listen to boosts and cuts that happen once play back the recorded sound. When live sound is being played, it would be easy for you to detect what the mess sound is around.
To generate a tone, connect the microphone to the audio interface and switch the main to moderately high. In performing this process, switch the mic track’s monitor off. This will allow the microphone to pickup sensitively while supervising the sensible audio mixing volume. You will know then what’s coming out your speakers. It can be either a pink noise or a white noise.
- Generate pink noise in live
Create some pink noise in the room that has equal amplitude and equal frequency across the entire spectrum, as combat to white noise which has random frequency and random amplitude across the entire spectrum. So when you are turning between radio stations, what you’re hearing is white noise like chaos.
On the other hand, pink noise is very organized noise and it is best to be used in testing. This is because it is covering the entire frequency spectrum equally and at an equal level of amplitude. Now, put test microphone at mix position make sure it is routed into the live sound. You can use your own voice to test the microphone at the exposition routed into lives the same as the step 1.
What will take place next is the fight between the incoming signal and the outgoing signal of the spectrum analyzer. To know the difference of spectrum analyze the incoming signal, you can use a different plug-in, such as a freeware plug-in which is easy to find and easy to grab as well. Once you have the information, use room treatments to flatten the response.
In analyzing the results, normalize first all the waves as what you’ve seen on your computer screen. Run the results through frequency analysis software right after. You can use Adobe Audition or Spectrum Analyzer to analyze the frequency response of the recorded test ones. If these analyzers are not available to you, you can use any open source solution. Ideal for the perfect result is the bottom graph usually labeled as “ideal result.”
As what you’ve examined, when you monitor the mixing at lower volume the results will be flatter or smoother based on the overall frequency response. However, when it comes to monitoring at louder volumes, there will usually be slower inflate of the bass even with bass traps. There are leaking reflections of the bass happen on louder monitoring volume causing the bass to inflate. During the setup, it said to be 30% of the maximum volume is very quiet. When it happens, the increase of the monitor volume will be slow until all the musical instruments are being heard.
There are leaking reflections of the bass happen on louder monitoring volume causing the bass to inflate. During the setup, it said to be 30% of the maximum volume is very quiet. When it happens, the increase of the monitor volume will be slow until all the musical instruments are being heard.
If you discover that the room response is harshly skewed or not balance, the best thing you can do is to add more acoustic treatments. Acoustic treatment is simply to use bass traps, sound absorbers, sound diffusers and other devices that absorb unwanted sounds. But, if you won’t do it correctly, nothing happens. Fix the problem in your area with ease and make your mixes sound better. If you have already built your home recording studio, it’s never too late. You can still improve the overall listening environment. If you are about to start making one, make early room correction and place your stuff properly. The results? Exceptionally amazing music production.
But, if you won’t do it correctly, nothing happens. Fix the problem in your area with ease and make your mixes sound better. If you have already built your home recording studio, it’s never too late. You can still improve the overall listening environment. If you are about to start making one, make early room correction and place your stuff properly. The results? Exceptionally amazing music production.