If you ever mix with speakers, then you NEED to start thinking seriously about acoustic treatment.

No, it’s not as fun as a microphone or a guitar, but continuing to work in an untreated space is foolish. You can try all the mixing tricks in the world, but your mixes won’t get better if you can’t HEAR them.

And that’s what an untreated room does, it prevents you from accurately hearing your mix.

Okay. Rant over.

So let’s say you grab some foam from Sweetwater or maybe Craigslist. Where do you put it?

Enter the mirror trick.

Starting around your mix position, have someone hold a mirror against the side wall. Now have her slide the mirror around while you sit in the mix position.

Whenever you can see your speakers in the mirror, that should be where you place some foam.

You can do the same thing for the wall behind the speakers, the ceiling, and even the wall at the back of your room.

This allows you to take care of early reflection points.

While there are plenty more steps to take to properly treat your room, this is a FANTASTIC first step.

You’ll notice the stereo image of your speakers suddenly becomes twice as wide.

To find out what other home studio folks are doing to treat their rooms, head over the VIP member forum and ask around.

Also, check out the two videos I posted recently on the “Weekly Videos” page, where I show you the custom acoustic treatment I had built for my new studio.

And while you’re there, you can get a 30% discount on my Understanding Your Room video series, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of properly treating your studio.

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Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

2 Responses to “Mirror, mirror on the wall…”

  1. DJ Olds

    Oh sweet tip Joe – I’ve followed you for some time now & admit I’ve read your advice to prioritize acoustic treatment long ago but there was always some SWEET new plugin, guitar, microphone whatever that I HAD to have until finally moving house & being stuck with a room that sounded like Satan’s wardrobe motivated me to take this seriously. Being short of cash I made my own panels using ceiling insulation inside hand made frames and it’s simply the best EVER improvement to my production. I learned first hand that if you mix in the same reflective room you track in then you can’t hear the room in your tracks even solo’d ‘coz the room is all you ever hear and it becomes “normal” to your ears. Now I can definitely hear not nice room reflections ‘yuk’ in every track I did before treatment and also I can hear perfectly the production in my favorite reference tracks particularly reverb, eq & compression, especially in upper registers. In fact I hear little percussion instruments etc in my fav CD’s I hardly noticed before.


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