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Old 01.25.07, 12:16 PM
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Room Acoustics

I'm curious to know more about this.

I've read about making a room acoustically 'dead'...but also about livening up a room.

Which should you do?

How should you do it?

What makes a room sound 'good' or 'bad'?

Feel free to contribute questions or answers to this thread - I think it's pretty interesting for those of us getting into self-recording.

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It depends on what you're recording.

Generally it's best if you're going to add effects later to always have a dead room. A dead room is one with no reverberation, no standing waves, etc. If I snap my fingers in my bedroom you can hear the reverb. Try it in your bathroom, as they're very small. It's why someone can tell if you're talking on the phone in the bathroom.

For vocals, having a dead room is most important. For electric guitars, you're usually close-miking an amp, so the room doesn't really matter. Drums benefit from a large, reflective room.

This article will probably help. I think everyone should try the speaker setup they have, it sounds brilliant.

I hung up an old blanket in my corner for recording vox last night; that's one technique you might try.
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Can you explain the 'hanging up the blanket' thing. Does this 'deaden' the room. ie kill reverb
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It'll kill the reflections behind you. I put it up with just thumbtacks, with the top about a foot above my head. Pin up the blanket corners on each wall, and let it sag in the space in between. Get something thick, but something no one wants, maybe has a piss stain or something. Stand with your back to the corner otherwise it's useless.
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I would mess around with different rooms, each has its own sound. Sometimes a "unique" room sound can lead to some great results, and some bad ones. Experimentation is key...
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I would mess around with different rooms, each has its own sound. Sometimes a "unique" room sound can lead to some great results, and some bad ones. Experimentation is key...
So I take it a bedroom wouldn't typically be a 'unique' room?
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