With all the problems with room modes, reflections... Wouldn't it be better to take my speakers out in my garden and try to mix there? Has anyone of you tried that? In theory there should no reflection - except "floor". No ceiling no side walls.... Of course weather is important and so on... I'm just curious if anyone tried that or even measure that.
If there is no windy day maybe it can be cool for recording vocals as well (if you like your vocals to be recorded in dead sounding space)
I recall someone saying that for example Red Hot Chili Peppers did some recording outside on some album. Was it you Hexspa?
Yes, you can take em' outside and you eliminate the room.
I did last year quite fast test took one of my focal twins outside and listened mono. It was really quick setup test and didnt try em stereo, but what i remember i didnt quite like the sound what i was hearing outside. Maybe with proper listening and time to place etc, it would be great.
Yes, F. Alton Everest in his Master Handbook of Acoustics suggested you could do audio tests outside. The theory is that it simulates an anechoic chamber. To minimize the reflections from the ground he suggested putting speakers on a hill and the mic (or listening position in your case) would be elevated on the downward slope to avoid ground reflections. Since you are mixing, you'd might consider something like a tall lifeguard chair. I'm not seriously suggesting you do all this but there it is.
Just my opinion but but I don't know if an anechoic chamber is really best for listening and mixing anyway. Our ears are used to hearing the sound of rooms. Even though we try to minimize the effects of room modes and reflections, they are always present to some degree. On the other hand, if it's not too much trouble, go ahead and put your gear in the garden and see how you like it.
Reflections aren't necessarily bad, as rock mentioned. It's the specular early reflections that are problematic. Diffuse reflections make the sound appear larger. Though I've never used diffusion, this is how Cox/D'Antonio described it in their text. I guess you could bring diffusers outside but then you have bugs and bugs definitely are bad for acoustics