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Determining your listening position


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Music Studio Setup and Acoustics

with Bobby Owsinski

Video: Determining your listening position

Before you can apply acoustic treatment to the room, you have to select the place in the room that will be your main listening area first. It's important to note that the best acoustic performance will almost always come from setting up lengthwise in the room, because it's easier to avoid some of the problem room modes. In other words, the speakers should be firing the long way down the room. As you've seen in previous videos, every room suffers from reflections that reinforce at the 50% point of the room. These then diminish at the 25% and 75% points.
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1h 20m Appropriate for all Nov 08, 2013

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Learn how to set up and tweak the sound of your music studio. From basements and garages to standalone buildings, all music studios can benefit from the techniques shown in this course. Music engineer and industry insider Bobby Owsinski strips away the mystery behind a great-sounding space and introduces some acoustic principles and hands-on techniques for getting the best sound from your studio for the least cost and effort. Learn isolation techniques and acoustic control methods, plus practical, step-by-step instructions for building your own acoustic panels, bass traps, and diffusers. Bobby also shows you how to determine the best listening position in your room and create a reflection-free zoneā€”the key to getting great audio.

Topics include:
  • Design ideas for your studio setup
  • Understanding what soundproofing materials don't work
  • Increasing isolation in your space
  • Timing a room's reverb
  • Purchasing acoustic materials: what and where
  • Making your own soundproofing elements
  • Do-it-yourself acoustic panel construction
  • Creating a reflection-free zone (RFZ)
  • Buying pre-made acoustic treatments
Subject:
Audio + Music
Author:
Bobby Owsinski

Determining your listening position

Before you can apply acoustic treatment to the room, you have to select the place in the room that will be your main listening area first. It's important to note that the best acoustic performance will almost always come from setting up lengthwise in the room, because it's easier to avoid some of the problem room modes. In other words, the speakers should be firing the long way down the room. As you've seen in previous videos, every room suffers from reflections that reinforce at the 50% point of the room. These then diminish at the 25% and 75% points.

This means that if your listening position is placed exactly half way in the room, there will probably be at least one frequency that will be extremely loud, but it might be nonexistent at the 25 and 75% points. This can happen even when the room is acoustically treated. As a result, you want to place both the speakers and listening position and listening position somewhere between the 25, 50, and 75% positions of the room. Ideally, you'd want a point that's an odd, non-divisible number like 27, 38, or 45%. That said, many acoustic designers feel that the 38% point is the ideal listening place in the room. If you can't place your listening position at that ideal point, just strive to place it somewhere other than at the 50% point. Keep in mind that after you've finished treating your room, you might want to experiment with slightly different speaker placement, since only an inch or two can sometimes make a big difference in the sound.

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