Acoustic Treatment - How Do You Know When it is Right?
I just treated my new room in my new house with Acoustic panels from Acoustimac and some old 703 and 705 pieces I had laying around that I covered with Acoustimac EZ-Wraps. I use this room as both a control room and tracking room.
Everything looks so good. I have a room that is around 12 x 14 and has hardwood oak floors. I made 2 clouds, one that is 4x8x2" that hangs above the mix position and one that is 4x6x2" that is 2' away from the "over the mix" cloud. A 2x4x2" panel is between the two clouds. They look real nice.
I treated each corner with 2x4x4" panels. The walls have 2x4x2" panels where I placed a 4x4x2" on each wall to the sides of the monitors. I have a lot of panels in this space. There are 8 2x4x2" panles on the ceiling, 9 2x4x4" in the corners and back of the room and 8 2x4x2" panels on the walls.
The first time I listened to the monitors, I felt that the highs were missing. After listeneing to commercial CDs, I realized that everything sounds much clearer than I ever heard in my other rooms, which were treated, but not to this extent.
My question is; How do I know if I used too much absorbtion? How do you know when you have it right?
I know I need to be careful not to overmix highs now, but everything sounds so tight and solid. I can hear the stereo image better too. When I turn up the volume, the sound stays intact and is way more solid than ever before.