Ethan recommended I post here so everyone can hopefully benefit from this question!
Just bought my first house, and I've got the spare room to build my mix room in. It's not huge, but hey - it's my first house.
My 2 questions are:
1) Where would you recommend I place my treatment 2) Where do you think I put the desk - again the top wall or against the wall on the left?
If I place the desk against the wall that appears on top of the floor plan attached (apologies it's so small, it's all I've got!), the door will open to the right of me, I'll be basically in the corner of that wall and the monitors will be firing back into the glass window behind me. However, it's the short wall.
Alternatively, which I'm personally leaning towards, is to place the desk with me facing the wall that's on the left of the floor plan. However, this might cause problems since the room is an L shape.
I've attached some real photos of the room (with the flooring taken up, I'm changing it over for laminate flooring, with T&G underneath which'll be green glued onto hard board (floorboards > hard board > green glue > t&g > laminate)).
I'd probably set up so you look out the window at the bottom of the floor plan when listening. If you're centered left-right in the room, the 4-foot "rear" wall won't be behind you. Facing to the left is also viable, as you and Hex both said, though you might need to jigger the reflection panel on that side to avoid the window.
Well, the expert has spoken. My rationale behind facing left is to get the staggered rear wall bass benefit as well as front-of-ear symmetry. Yes, you might sacrifice a window but, pending testing and given you can sit at 38% the length, your audio performance may be better.
The problem I have is if I have a 1.5m wide desk it'll be pretty much butter up to the corner if I face the top wall in the floorplan. Facing the left wall means the wall isn't symmetrical, but then I wonder how that would affect reflections coming back to my ears?
I was planning to throw 3 layers of plasterboard up in that cutaway so that I could use it as a vocal booth and also thicken up the wall, as its the only wall that is directly connecting me to my neighbours.
The main issue I have facing the left wall is that the door opens into the wall on the right, so I wouldn't be able to place bass traps on the wall, as the other space on the wall before it goes into the cutaway is another door that provides access to our water tank (UK).
So, what's better..
- face the window, restricting access to the right slightly (or having myself basically into the corner?), but allowing for bass traps behind me me and ceiling-to-floor traps on the left wall - face the top wall, into the left corner, with the sound hitting the window, but allowing for a bass trap on the piece of wall next to the window - face the left wall, with no space for acoustic treatment behind me. I could POSSIBLY hang one trap into the door of the cupboard, but I'm not sure how much a hollow-core door will hold.
Also, any input on where I should place treatment would be good.
If I face the window (bottom wall) then the sound would fire towards the top wall. I was planning to make my own floor-to-ceiling traps out of Rockwool cut into right-angled triangles, but then where else should I put treatment? My DIY skills are minimal so building traps is basically a no-go, and even when I did the math, it doesn't work out cheaper until I make about 11 of them.
If I faced the bottom wall, would a trap on the top wall next to the door, and two traps on the left wall suffice?
I say get Room EQ Wizard and a mic and find the best spot of the options. You benefit by starting with the best raw data. Ultimately, you know your room and its usability best. Combine these functions to arrive at your destination. Treatment goes where it always does and that info is in the stickies.