Music Studio Setup and Acoustics
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The idea behind acoustic panels


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Music Studio Setup and Acoustics

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Video: The idea behind acoustic panels

Acoustic panels are the major way that reflections are kept from bouncing around the room. This evens out the level fluctuations that can happen at different frequencies due to the room modes. If your walls are hard and there's little absorption, these reflections are going to cancel out certain frequencies from the direct sound of the monitors because of the standing waves. That causes those unwelcome dips and peaks in the room response. You can think of an acoustic panel as a very large picture frame that has sound absorbing material inside instead of a picture.
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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

The idea behind acoustic panels

Acoustic panels are the major way that reflections are kept from bouncing around the room. This evens out the level fluctuations that can happen at different frequencies due to the room modes. If your walls are hard and there's little absorption, these reflections are going to cancel out certain frequencies from the direct sound of the monitors because of the standing waves. That causes those unwelcome dips and peaks in the room response. You can think of an acoustic panel as a very large picture frame that has sound absorbing material inside instead of a picture. Although you could permanently attach the sound absorbing material to the wall, like most commercial studios do, using a sound panel allows you to move it as needed, or even take it with you if you move.

Since the size of sheets of the typical materials used for absorption in the studio are two foot by four foot, most panels are created to accommodate that size. I'll take a closer look at where to purchase these materials and how to build your own acoustic panels in some upcoming videos.

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