September 22, 2011 2:27 PM Subscribe
Sound engineers, please give me some great ideas for making my home studio acoustically stable on a budget.
posted by hanoixan to media & arts (7 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I compose and record music for fun and profit, and have made do with setting up my studio in my cramped apartment's breakfast nook, using couch cushions, etc. to dampen reflections.
Recently bought a house with a 11'x12' spare bedroom which will be my new studio, with new possibilities. The floors are hardwood, there are two windows on adjacent sides near a mostly quiet street. I made myself 8 4'x2'x2" masonite-backed sound panels using Owens-Corning 703, which really helped deaden the space, but I just stuck them in the corners. I think I can do better.
Question: where should I place these for maximum effect? What else should I do to a room like this to remove coloration and standing waves, but provide a warm sound? Is the wood floor beneficial for recording or should I carpet it?