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I've created this page to document my process of measuring, analyzing, and treating the two main rooms of my studio.  Both rooms have very different goals, but I'll go through similar processes.  This is not meant to be an accurate guide of the best (or even the correct) way to go through any parts of this process, but I thought there might be some interest in seeing my process and what I've learned along the way.

Depending on why you are here reading this, it might be also be important for you to know that I'm not striving for perfection here.  The world of acoustics is deep and daunting and, as far as I can tell, endless.  There are so many message boards and articles and books and amazing resources that will go into much more depth and accuracy and math than I'm going to.  I'm hoping to do very little math.  

This will be a work in progress and I'll update this page with more info as I proceed.

I've started with the live room.  I have two reasons for starting there instead of in the control room, which is used much more often.  One is that, while it's not ideal, I can always check my mixes in headphones in the control room, and I've worked in the room long enough now to start to know how to work around it's less than ideal sound. 

The other reason is that I think adequately improving the live room will be easier from an acoustics standpoint.  Due to the size, the room is never going to have a good sound; it's just not large enough to get any evenly dispersed sound across all frequencies.  So instead of making the room sound good, I'm making the room sound dead.  I'm attempting to take the room out of the equation as much as physically possible.  This means that I'm focusing almost all of my effort on absorption (stopping the sound energy), and almost none on diffusion (reflecting the sound in various directions).  

The dimensions of the room are roughly 26
'L x 6' x 7',  I say roughly, because the room was designed with a few different angles in the walls as to not be a perfect rectangle.  I did this in order to avoid echoes between parallel surfaces, however I later learned this might not have been the correct approach.  The effects of the angles in the walls are slight, and are really only making a difference to higher frequencies which are relatively easy to handle with room treatment.  A symmetrical room is also easier to map out mathematically when planning room treatment.

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