DIY Music Blog #5 – Acoustic Treatment in a Small Room

Hello DIY Musos and thanks for checking out the latest DIY Music blog. Today I’m writing about something I’m finally getting around to looking at properly; acoustic treatment.

EDIT: Since writing this I was lucky enough to get to talk to Ethan Winer of RealTraps and get some really vauable info on acoustic treatment, as well as a few great links. Check out the full interview here.

A Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Like many of you, I do all my DIY Music in my own home in a fairly small, currently untreated room. I used to use my bedroom until we moved into a house with a spare room, which is where I work now. It was obviously never designed to be a studio and has many attributes which are not ideal. The shape is rectangular, the walls are flat and the room itself is pretty small.

None of this has stopped me recording and mixing in my room and, by using all of my most significant mixing lessons, I have managed to achieve pretty good results. However, I’ve known for a while that acoustic treatment is one key element that needs to be addressed.

acoustic-panels

So, finally, I  actually ordered some acoustic panels so that I could make a start treating my room. Before sticking anything to the walls I did some extra research online and found this helpful website which has tonnes of great info about acoustic treatment.

The panels arrived last week and I spent a few hours over the weekend optimising the layout of my room and then carefully placing some tiles on the walls and ceiling. There does seem to be some improvement in the clarity of the sound, though I need to look into bass traps next as I think they’ll have a more significant impact on the sound in my room.

In Other News…

Since I last wrote I’ve made a lot of progress on the next HUMJUNKIE track, which will hopefully be ready for SoundCloud release in the next week or so. This one is sort of my take on house music. Sort of. I’m not really a follower of genres so I don’t know exactly how to classify it but there’s definitely ‘housey’ elements in there, but plenty of other bits to hopefully make it unique.

As mentioned in the last blog post I’ve started a new series of YouTube videos for FL Studio users. If you’re one of them, then check out the FL Studio Quick Tips playlist, which has a few new videos now and more to come.

Finally I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s supported me and encouraged me so far by checking out this website, Subscribing to my mailing list and YouTube channel and generally giving me great feedback online.

THANKS! 😀

And thanks again for reading my latest blog post. Please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below, the DIY Music Facebook page or the DIY Music group. Or feel free to get in touch privately if you want to chat about anything at all.

Until next time. Goodbye!

3 thoughts on “DIY Music Blog #5 – Acoustic Treatment in a Small Room

  1. STAY AWAY FROM FOAM!!!

    Bass traps (of the rigid fiberglass kind) are effective well up and out of human hearing ranges as well as working on the lowend, bass frequencies. Foam works predominantly on the top end and leaves the low bouncing around like a disruptive child in a work place.
    Save yourself some money and go straight for the proper stuff. And don’t under estimate the difference this can make! This is a massive subject but if you can get some traps that are effective down to at least 200Hz (hopefully down to 100 or lower) and slap them on your 1st reflection points your life will improve immeasurably.

    Also, look into isolating your speakers from the desk/stand. ISOacoustics and the Primacoustic Recoil Stabilizer are well worth looking into. For £80 you can improve the quality of your listening environment by a jaw dropping amount. (particularly when it comes to judging bass.)

    1. Acoustic treatment is something I’m just getting started on… I’ll be sure to post updates. It’s clear that there’s a lot to do.

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