How to Set Up, Test and Improve Your Home Music Production Studio Room – Acoustics Tutorial

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Do you ever finish a tune, then CRINGE when you hear it somewhere else because it sounds too thin, muddy, or lacks clarity? That’s because your studio is almost certainly plagued by HIDDEN acoustic problems.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for home-based, DIY studios to have peaks and nulls of up to 15 dB in the low end.  

You can imagine how it’s virtually IMPOSSIBLE to mix your track in that situation.  These issues trick you into wasting precious time chasing ghosts in your mixes, correcting frequency problems that aren’t really there. In this video, I cover 5 common studio setup mistakes and how to fix them.  We use a typical bedroom and do scientific acoustic testing to show how bad the problems really are…and what could be sneaking under YOUR radar!

Fancy gear and expensive monitor speakers are very alluring, I know.
But far too many times when I look at producers’ studios, I see MAJOR setup mistakes that are preventing them from properly hearing what they’re doing. After getting inundated with a ton of questions about how to set up a studio the right way, and seeing SO MANY photos of studios that are set up plain wrong, I had to shoot this video to point out some essential fundamentals of studio setup.

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0:00 Intro
0:22 What measurement equipment is best?
1:00 What are we going to do?
1:29 Problem #1 Room Setup
2:00 Room Configuration 1 – Problems with Windows
3:21 Room Configuration 2 – Problems with Corners
3:34 Bass Accumulates in Corners
4:17 Room Configuration 3
4:49 Acoustic testing of the room
5:56 Reading the frequency response graph
6:20 What’s the absolute worst room dimension and size?
6:47 What do the problems look like on a graph?
6:58 What is speaker boundary interference response (SBIR)?
7:14 Why is mixing in a room like (a typical bedroom) this bad?
7:46 Monitor Placement and Setup
7:58 How high up should my speakers be?
8:13 What is an acoustic axis?
8:44 Common speaker placement Issue 1 (Speaker Height)
9:34 Common speaker placement Issue 2 (Angled Projection)
10:16 Monitor placement configuration 3
11:06 Recommended speaker placement
11:25 What is equilateral placement?
12:49 Mixing desk issues
13:17 What is comb filtering?
13:35 What is the best mixing desk to use?
13:50 How can I fix my current mixing desk?
14:32 Lack of acoustic treatment
14:59 What is the difference between a treated and untreated room?
15:21 Final thoughts
15:48 How to make sure you’re doing this right?

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