Well for a little while I just had the four superchunks in all the corners and 9 denser panels around the room, and just speaking in the room sounding nice and crisp and clear. I like a little distance from the condensor microphone Im using(cant stand muddy, boomy, proximity effect), and I noticed when I would solo vocal tracks in my DAW, it sounded too open, like I could hear too much of the room.
After that I decided to add the three movable gobo panels that I put to the two sides of my mixing and tracking position, and behind me(the wall that the monitors are FACING, back wall??) The one behind me is actually doubled up, two side by side 3" thick panels of Safe n Sound, and two more on the back. All three are wrapped in pretty breathable burlap.
Originally I was going to bring them close to me since the problem I was having was the vocals sounding too 'open', but now it made things sound boomy. I mean it sounds unnatural. Before when you talked in the room it had a very nice clean tone and there was already broadband absorbption going on. Now it sounds just dead.
Maybe this is what some people prefer, but I actually think its affecting how my mixes translate. I like the fact that its dead enough where I can accurately measure when I'm adding reverbs and things like that.
But it seems like when mixing, I overcompensate what appears to be dead sounding vocals(plus hearing them in the same dead sounding room) by adding more mid highs and high. When I check my mixes elsewhere for reference in playback systems that I'm very familiar with, the vocals sound weak, lacking low end(usually a result of too much high pass filtering out this boomy effect).
Its like I wish I could maintain having the most fiberglass for the low end absorbption, but want that old crispness that my room had before. Thats where I started thinking, maybe I can just cover the gobos with something that will bring some highs back in the room, then Ill get a little bit of that natural clarity back.
For me, since Ive experienced the "too open" and now the "too dead", its crucial for me that I find that perfect in-between and how to effectively get there. With all the bass trapping(broadband trapping really, since it's all just fiberglass and fabric), I cant imagine that I somehow added boominess and muddiness with adding the gobo panels. It makes sense to me that so many highs are being eaten up, that the room APPEARS boomy and woofy. If this sounds like Im way off please steer me in the right direction.
Something I just thought of as Im typing this... Im looking at the three gobos as the cause of the overkill of trapping, so these are the ones I was looking to add either the wood slats or plastic or whatever(this is where Im VERY interested in learning about)to. BUT... considering these three gobos are placed where early reflections from the mixing/tracking position occur, would I be making a crucial mistake by treating them like that? After all people make it a point to if anywhere, deaden those refleciton points dont they? Im just so lost on where to go from here, and am trying hard to figure out how to not take any steps backwards.