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Setting Up Your Room- Part 3- Sound Control

There’s a couple things that you could do to get a better control of the sound in your room. First on the list is to buy a good pair of nearfield monitors.

This kind of monitors is designed to be listened at closed distance. That’s way they are called Near-field. They will reduce the coloring of the sound that your room produces, so you could hear more accurately what you’re doing and get a better mix.

Next thing that you can to is to mix at low volume. I know that’s it’s more cool to work while listening your mix loud, but working in that way is probably not going to provide a good mix for you.

Of course at some point you need to raise up the volume, but most people do it after, when the mixing is pretty much done. And that’s only for a short periods of time. If you listen to your mixes on loud volumes constantly, that won’t only cause a (not necessarily) bad mix, but will also make damage to your ears. That’s the worst thing that can happen, especially if you’re planning a career as audio engineer.

Mix on lower levels. Your ears will last longer, and you’ll get a better sounding mixes.

Further on, there’s one more thing that you can do to provide a better working environment for yourself.

You need to tame the frequencies that are reproducing in your room. You can put up some some foam panels to absorb the sound coming out of the speakers. You can put two of those on the wall behind you, at the place where are your studio monitors directed too.

Also you can put a couple of this on the ceiling above your head. You should do this especially if you have a low ceiling. You can also place some of those behind your speakers on. Hang them at the same height as your speakers.

On the side walls you can put some diffusors to crank up the sound. They’re not so difficult (or expensive) to make. There are some videos on youtube which can show you how to do it.

This kind of treatment will help you to solve problems with mid-range and high-range frequencies.

Leave a comment below and let me know, have you already tried to make some acoustic solutions to your room? If so, what did you do? Did it help? Are you going to try this methods?

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Thanks for being part of sound investigation!

Mihael Vrbanic

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