Sunday, December 11th, 2011
I’m amazingly lucky in so many ways, and one of them is my good fortune in having a dedicated recording space. I can leave mics and guitars out, decorate to my preference, put speakers in the middle of the room, and best of all, hang broadband absorbers all over the walls and ceiling and stuff them into every corner.
I found that installing these panels made a lot more difference in the quality of my recordings than upgrading a preamp or a/d converter, or even buying a new microphone. By improving the sound in the room, the acoustic treatment made the whole recording process much easier and more enjoyable. So when people ask me how to improve their recordings, one of the first things I suggest is room treatment. (more…)
Friday, March 6th, 2009
When I talk about room treatment I only discuss the simple broadband absorber. I’ve read discussions of tuned membrane bass traps, tube traps, and diffusors, but my approach so far has been guided by the slogan, “You can never have too many broadband absorbers in a small room.”
As I mentioned in a previous post, my construction method for broadband absorber panels is cheap and simple. I use no frame or other hardware, but simply wrap two sheets of OC703 in burlap, like wrapping a package, and fasten the fabric with glue. (more…)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
I built a batch of broadband absorber panels before I recorded my Kaleponi CD. I have 13 panels constructed of 4 inches of OC703 wrapped in burlap. It’s been a while since I built these and I’ve lost track of the cost, but I’ll do better with the next batch, I promise. Here’s a look at what they’ve done for my recording space. (more…)