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CaseyJames
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:58 pm    Post subject: Panoramic photo of new space - RPlusD and all the whistles. Reply with quote

here is the link http://pan0.net/w/up-2879
There may be a panorama of a tavern, just click the skip button and it will take you to the right one.

What should I do?

Where should I orient my desk and monitors (the setup in the photo is temporary till a desk arrives).

I was thinking of facing the french doors, but couldn't decide if i should be 1/2 way into the room, where the closet that is built out into the room starts. The early reflections would hit evenly from the kitchen and open wall but that closet space might be strange the the rear reflections.

I was also thinking of dividing the space in half where the kitchen starts, hanging a thick curtain to divide the kitchen and maybe a board to transfer the matched first reflection distance to the mix position... with a bass trap over it to... uhh... simulate the reduction of those early reflections. This seems mildly sensible.

Given the space are either of these ideas sensible? What would you do? I have 16 bass traps, 8 are being combined into 2x8 monoliths and the others are free to place anywhere. I can't drill into the ceiling and the beam is hollow but i may be able to hang some things.

Also any experience with RPlusD (ETF6)? I bought it last night to use with the behringer measurement mic I am borrowing from a buddy. I have a pair of focal solos and a JBL sub. I watched all of the video's, but I am still lost as to how to methodically manage the best speaker placement in the room. I haven't fairly dug through the manual yet though.

I'm mostly looking for the basic pitfalls to avoid so I can make the most effective use of RPlusD.


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Casey
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Panoramic photo of new space - RPlusD and all the whistles. Reply with quote

Hi Casey,

First, I would eliminate the clutter.

I would open up the kitchen area, by placing your work table with the monitors against a wall of some sort. Keep the electronic equipment from the cooking equipment.

And then, Decorate. You seem to have a bunch of paintings, if you like any of them, place them.

That lovely red sofa? Make that the divider between your sleeping area and the rest of the space. You can place some of the sound material behidn it to make a wall of sorts.

Or keep it all open. That is what I would do.

You have two sets of french doors. If one is never used, then please put something in front of it. I would vote again for the lovely red sofa. That would leave the wall to the left of the fireplace for the work desk. And the rest of the space left open for recording and horsing around.

Oh, and get rid of the lamp by the bed. Too porno looking, might scare away the chicks / dudes (not sure of your orientation).

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Panoramic photo of new space - RPlusD and all the whistles. Reply with quote

But WHERE should I place the paintings. I'm looking to create an atmosphere with a touch of sovereignty.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Panoramic photo of new space - RPlusD and all the whistles. Reply with quote

CaseyJames wrote:
But WHERE should I place the paintings. I'm looking to create an atmosphere with a touch of sovereignty.



Really?
I would place them, I dunno, on the wall? Where they belong?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Panoramic photo of new space - RPlusD and all the whistles. Reply with quote

I'll let the experts like Nick address the aesthetic vibe and flow of the room.... Wink but I do have some ideas about the acoustics.

First of all, what are you doing in there? Mixing only? Tracking also? If it's to be a multipurpose one-room studio, here's what I'd do to make it a very fine tracking space as well as a mixing space:

-- flip your current setup around 180 degrees, so the console is in that "nook" and you are facing the 2 windows on that wall, and so your back is to the big open room. Set it up so that your speakers are in an equilateral triangle with your head. Then, slide the entire setup (speakers, console, listening chair) backward in 6-12" increments, listening for accurate bass sound. The main thing is to avoid having your listening position in a null point. Once you find 2 or 3 good sounding spots, measure those spots with your software. Flattest response wins. If you do this before installing your bass traps and treatment, the differences between the various spots will be much easier to hear.

-- Once you have the listening space set up, make a reflection-free zone by putting absorption on the side walls and ceiling reflection points. For more detail see: http://realtraps.com/rfz.htm

-- get your bass traps into the room. 16 will be a great start but that's a big room so you might want more. Place them in the spots with the biggest bass buildups, which are likely to be wall/wall corners (duh), wall/ceiling corners, and the ceiling peak under the beam. For more on finding bass buildups (and therefore also finding the best places to put the bass traps) see: http://realtraps.com/lf-noise.htm

-- get a "cloud" up above key recording areas, such as where the drum kit is, and create an "overdub zone" for vocals and acoustic guitars, etc.

-- finally, I'd strongly suggest a few panels on stands, or gobos, that you can move around and adjust your acoustics on the fly, to adapt to whatever you are doing that day.

Again, the above assumes that this will be both a tracking and a mixing room. Give me more detail about how you will use the space and I can comment further.
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