I have a few questions I've never seen addressed elsewhere. Hopefully, I can phrase it correctly to make sense.
"Conventional wisdom" has us putting a cloud on the ceiling over the mix position, and recommends a hard surface floor below, oftentimes with a "variable" size / position piece of carpeting near the mix position. I've also seen recommendations to remove any existing wall-to-wall carpet, or put a plywood sheet over it.
From an acoustics standpoint, what is the difference between a cloud on a ceiling with a hard floor, and a carpeted floor with a hard (no cloud) ceiling? Do sound waves act differently on the ceiling as opposed to the floor (maybe due to equipment / people being present)? Or, does the conventional wisdom offer the easiest / cheapest way to adjust the room?
The difference is that a ceiling cloud can be typically an effective 8" thick (or more) and absorb wideband, carpet on the floor is about 1/2" thick and can only absorb the highest band of frequencies. So, it's not ceiling VS floor, it's how much thickness on the floor can you employ... which is not so much. So the answer is ... put your absorption on the ceiling, where you're not walking so much.
OK, that makes perfect sense. I failed to consider the thickness factor. Although I do not have a very high ceiling, I believe I still have enough space without removing the two ceiling fans. Thank you.