I have been following you for a few years now, and I could do with your advice regarding acoustics.I Need acoustic treatment for a production/mixing room (spare bedroom), the room is VERY small and has a chimney breast in it. I am considering your real traps products.
I need your honest opinion whether this room is even worth bothering with, giving its small size.For reference I produce bass heavy Trance music.
Please could you look at my attached (crude) diagram and give advice on where you would set the monitors up, and which type of treatment (real traps) to buy/where to locate it.
I do have a reasonable amount of knowledge (partly because of you, thanks!) but I don't have a clue for this room.
If this is the only room you have, then it has to be worth treating. The alternative (small room with no treatment) is even worse. Much worse. The good news is whatever treatment you get now can move with you in the future if you get a new place.
The first thing to consider is the setup. I assume the door at the top of your drawing is the entrance to the room. In that case your loudspeakers should be centered left-right in front of the bottom wall, pointing up so the door is in the rear of the room behind you. Then you'll treat the left and right side-wall reflection points with absorbers, plus as many bass traps as you can manage in corners and on the back wall.
In order to suggest specific RealTraps products I'd need to know your budget, and I'd rather not do that here. Do me a favor? Email RealTraps manager Jim Lindenschmidt from the Contact page of our web site, and he can give you specific product advice. Include the link to this forum thread so he can see your drawing and know what I already suggested.
Thank you for your help. I did have my setup the way you mentioned, with 18" rockwool in the corners stacked floor to ceiling and two diy 8 inch thick first reflection panels. Two of the walls are made of drywall, but acoustically this makes little differece? Do you think it is even realistic to get a decent low end response in a room this small?
Thank you Ethan, I often wonder if it would be better to get a log cabin in the garden haha.Even in this tiny room I still use near full range monitors, as I can't afford to not hear the low end at all!