Need feedback on a low budget room treatment for my awkward space (pics)
I have done a fair amount of reading on this subject recently but wanted to get some feedback on my current idea for treating my room, and feedback on my individual space if possible. I have upgraded to Focal CMS-50 monitors (not pictured) and am looking to take the next step to being able to produce reliable mixes at home. Due to the fact that it's a townhouse I can't mix at high volumes (and reducing volume/vibrations the neighbors would hear would also be a plus). Also the speakers are currently placed in the optimal spot for minimizing noise to neighbors, as it's the only unshared wall in the room.
It's a windowless basement room but it's a bit odd shaped. The main area is 13' wide by 10' long roughly, but when you enter the room there is a more narrow area with a large walk-in closet (that used to be a bathroom) on the left and a small rectangular closet on the right (from the viewpoint of the first pic below). The closets create a smaller 5 1/2' x 5 1/2' square between them that's also part of the room. Also, the bathroom side juts out a foot closer to the far wall (where the control desk is facing) than the closet on the right, so the main area is not totally square either.
It's going to be used as more of a multi-purpose room shortly as well, we are bringing our exercise bike and a bigger flat screen TV down there (to the left of the mixing desk), and my wife has some sewing and jewelry making supplies at a desk against another wall (but I'll move that off the corner). It has low ceilings- 8'2", and has a (poorly done) suspended ceiling tile system. Unfortunately there's not enough space to move the desk and monitors more toward the middle to get them off of the wall either. Here are some pics to give you an idea (the room is in flux right now so kind of a mess):
Here is a view when you walk in the room, larger bathroom-closet on the left and smaller closet on the right (out of frame):
Here is a view facing the wall to the left of the mixing desk:
View facing the wall to the right of the mixing desk:
View facing the room entrance:
So here is my current plan for treatment, but I'd love to get either reassurance that I'm on the right track or other ideas on the best solution. My budget is around $600 so I will be making 9 frameless panels of 4" thick owens corning 703 myself- 4 panels in the corners mounted mid way up the wall, 2 panels at the side walls' early reflection points, one panel above my desk, and 2 panels on the larger back wall of the walk-in closet (the corner panel alone will cover most of the opposite back wall with the small closet). I'll be using this method in this video (but with 4" thick panels without the aluminum on one side):
Does this seem like a good approach? Other options within my budget? I also thought about just resting the 4' tall corner panels on the floor and stuffing pink insulation behind them, but I'm not sure if that would work better than the panels by themselves mounted halfway up the wall (more level with the listening height). Also since I can't really get the monitors off of the wall much due to my space, would a panel behind them or something else help to alleviate issues associated with having monitors against the wall? My monitors do have a "desktop notch" switch that does either -2,-4, or -6 DB reduction at 160 hz with a Q of 2 if that would help at all. The manual recommends using that if they're near a wall.
So there it is, thanks for reading through my long winded post (if you made it this far). Any help is very much appreciated, and thanks for taking the time!
Since you are buying from a acoustic company you should contact them for acoustical advise. Most well known acoustical companies have people on stuff for this and the service is generally free.
Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it. I may have found a local company to get the 703 from so may end up only ordering fasteners from ATS, but it would still be worth giving them a call. Still hoping some forumites can weigh in with thoughts though, I know there's lots of knowledgeable people here!
thanks for the info. was looking at the GIK site also today, would 4 244 bass traps in the corners, 2 242 absorbers at early reflections, and 1 242 on the back larger wall be a good solution? That would also fit my budget about right.