In response to yesterday’s blog post, Chris wrote:
The one issue I had spasms with today’s email is where you say below that:
” * more absorption (it doesn’t have to be fancy foam; blankets can work great)”
While I agree with the general principal you are trying to get across (I’m not trying to knock that) but after having studied acoustics to a fairly major degree I think that putting up “blankets” are possibly about as misleading as telling someone to apply egg crates to their walls?
From my understanding and study of it, applying something like blankets will at best effect the top end slightly?
Here’s where I come down on the issue.
Chris is absolutely right, blankets are in no way the best-case scenario, but they’re MUCH better than nothing.
People just starting out with recording oftentimes don’t give a moments thought to the ROOM they’re recording in. Everybody needs a starting point, and for a lot of people blankets are a GREAT way to begin.
Bass traps are VERY important. Broadband absorption is really important, too.
But even MORE important is the shape of the room, specifically its dimensions. If the room is too small or has bad dimensions, all the proper treatment in the world will still leave the room with plenty of issues.
This discussion can be paralyzing for a lot of people. They think to themselves, “Well, using blankets isn’t the best thing, so maybe I should hold off on recording anything until my room is properly treated.”
I’ve recorded lead vocals in a spare bedroom at a friends house, only using one blanket and NO acoustic treatment. The result? Killer-sounding vocals.
My buddy Graham did the same thing with drums in his dining room.
Don’t bow at the altar of acoustic treatment. There is more to recording than bass traps and foam wedges.
But if you do want a better understanding of HOW your room affects the sound of your recordings (and your mixes), then you should grab a copy of Understanding Your Room.
Blankets are a start, but there’s a LOT more to consider.
P.S. If you’re just starting out with recording, don’t buy this. I’d rather you focus on YOUR skills first, THEN you can focus on the room. When you’re ready, this course will be here waiting for you.