Welcome to Day 4 of 31 Days to Better Recordings.
It would be a grave injustice for me to talk about getting better recordings and not dedicate a day to acoustic treatment.
Acoustic treatment is probably one of the least “fun” items you’ll add to your studio, but the benefits FAR outweigh any potential inconveniences. Whether you decide to buy or build your acoustic treatment, this is absolutely one of those must-have items.
I’ve talked about acoustic treatment a lot on HSC. (Click here to see all the acoustic treatment articles.)
What IS acoustic treatment?
I’d guess that 98% of you have home studios in some sort of spare room in your house. In other words, the room wasn’t built specifically to be a studio.
Chances are there are a lot of bare walls and parallel surfaces and right angles. While very common in houses, these things can wreak havoc on the sound of the room.
This isn’t some evil myth created by acoustic treatment companies to get you to buy acoustic treatment. The problems are real. It’s physics.
Ever wonder why your recordings sound nothing like the professional recordings you listen to? Ever wonder why your mixes sound great in your studio, then sound horribly bass-heavy in the car? Ever wonder why your vocals don’t cut through the mix?
Acoustic treatment can address all of these issues.
Hear it for Yourself
I explained this in more detail in my review of the Auralex Roominators Project Kit. I highly recommend reading that and listening to the before and after sound samples. It paints a pretty convincing picture of what you could be missing if you ignore acoustic treatment.
Acoustic treatment doesn’t have to be expensive. Even if you just hang up some packing blankets and sleeping bags, you could still reap some big benefits. Experiment. Take a chance. I’ve found it’s extremely difficult to get excited about acoustic treatment, but once you hear the difference, you’ll be glad you took the plunge.
Day 4 Challenge
Leave a comment below and tell us what you plan to do (or are already doing) to acoustically treat your studio. Does it make a huge difference?