Is the room right? Jun 23, 2020 19:15:32 GMT
Post by davidleegoth on Jun 23, 2020 19:15:32 GMT
I've decided I'm going to finally try to setup a studio and listening room at my house. I may have created my account yesterday but I have read Ethan's great articles and guides in the past and I've been reading threads on here for the past few weeks to learn more. I also have read Hexspa's ebook on simple room setup and it has been massively helpful in giving me the confidence I believe I need to start acoustically treating my rooms. So, first I'd like to thank everyone for the help.
However, as much as it seems that smart acoustic minds are writing that you can overcome almost any room, the two rooms that are usable at my house aren't just *any rooms* in my opinion. I've pored over threads, articles, and even the Master Handbook of Acoustics in trying to figure out if the rooms are usable but I still am worried that I don't the knowledge to properly determine that, and I'd like to get the advice of others before I put a ton of money into acoustically treating the rooms. If they are just awful starting spots then I'm going to have to move because they're really the only two workable rooms. Keep in mind that the house is owned by my mom and my aunt, so I have a fair amount of leverage in tearing things down or altering the rooms in general. The house itself is in a neighborhood, but fortunately its a quiet street and I only have one neighbor who lives within 250 feet of my desired studio space. Therefore, I'm not too concerned with isolation. I'll try to break both rooms as best as I can down below:
The listening room (first set of photos) is in a good spot dimension wide, as its L 23.5’ x W 13’ x H 8 ft and comes close to that 2500 ft3 benchmark you want. However, it was used as an old beauty salon so there are some details that I think might be problematic. For one, the part of the room I'd like to use as "the front" has uneven walls, as can be seen in the pictures, because there's a small room 4x4 room inserted for a bathroom. The "rear" part of the room has two doors, but is symmetrical. As far as the sides go, there's a bunch of cabinet space that I could probably get rid of one side of the room, and on the other side of the room there's a door and also a window that's 6x3.
The room I plan to use to record guitars/drums (second set of photos) is L 17’ 2” x w 15’ 6.5” x h 8.5’ has its own set of details that I'm wary of. For one, half of the wall on the outside of the house is made up of a brick fireplace, including a brick ledge connected to the floor that spans the whole 17 feet of that wall. There are also two windows. The rest of the walls are cheap wood paneling, which i've had to nail down because spots buzz when the amps are turned up. On the other side of the room you'll see that there is a 6-7 foot opening that eventually leads to a counter that serves as a window to a kitchen. My plan is to attach some acoustic treatment to a slab of fiber board and cover the open window to the kitchen, but I'm of course open to suggestions. There is also a closet on the wall joining the "listening room" and I'm not sure about its effect on the room's sound.
Anyway, that's the gist of it. I'd really appreciate any help or advice. If those things can all be overcome with simple room measuring and treatment then let me know and I'll leave everyone alone, but I do worry that both rooms are too bizarre to be effective. Also, if I need to provide more detail then please let me know and I'll try my best to do that. Thanks!
Photos in link below: