Sorry for the initial blank post - is it called a typo when you accidentally press enter?
My family have very kindly agreed to allowing me the use of their farm/retreat in the South of Turkey as a studio space.
I've just returned from a 2 week break from the space, where a few friends and I had some walls built and some bespoke treatment panels ordered.
It's going to take a while longer before the space is ready, I've just reached a slight lull in momentum (naturally - as I hadn't planned this thoroughly enough before starting) and I'm posting here on gearslutz because I want to think out loud, while I'm deciding what to do next. Thanks in advance for bearing with me.
The priority is to get up and running ASAP, and to create a plan for future improvement - I eventually want to utilise the space for commercial projects.
I imagine that plan being a simple list of equipment upgrades and acoustic improvements that I can work on/towards over time.
For now, I want to use the space for mixing and mastering a backlog of music I've recorded over the years.
The space looks as follows:
with the following dimensions, note
: there's a slanted ceiling:
Since we wanted to retain the kitchen functionality, we decided to build a wall:
The wooden frames constructed above now support plasterboard (on both sides), with 50kg/m-3 rockwool on the inside.
In this photo of the interior, you can see the wooden panelling we have constructed between the wooden supporting posts (on the right):
You'll also notice my monitors are rested on 2x bespoke marble pillars
With the partition wall in place, the new length (from the far wall to the inside of the new wall) is 440cm, the width is 410cm. The height is sloped from 260cm to 315cm, averaging 287.5cm. Question #1: How do you calculate nodes for such a heavily slanted ceiling?
We ran some preliminary tests of the untreated room, this is the average frequency response of 4 sweeps out of the right speaker alone:
The waterfall (for the same 4 sweeps, timerange 450ms) looks like so:
And finally, what I THINK is the ETC graph, though I have a feeling I've cocked this one up:
So not ready for any meaningful mixing yet.
I have ordered 3x 250cmx120cm and 1x 120cmx120cm absorption panels to be built (I don't have time to make them myself, and labour is relatively cheap in Turkey). The following is a birdseye view of the space, with the proposed panel locations (#4 is the 120cmx120cm panel):
The panels are made of 10cm thick 50kg/m-3 rockwool sheets mounted on a wooden frame with a plasterboard back. These in turn will be mounted with a small gap away from the wall. The suspended one (above the indicated, triangular listening position) is intended to capture early upper reflections and to improve the stereo image (as the ceiling slant goes from the right-high to the left-low).
I suppose the next question is: #2: Usually the speakers face into the length of the room, but with a 30cm difference between length and width, and the ceiling symmetry to consider, is it better to just place the speakers along the left wall (refer to the last image)?
Once the panels are in place, I'll do some more extensive testing with REW which will probably result in a new batch of panels being ordered. The space in the room will be a bit tighter with the panels in place. The studio is located in a really remote location, with the nearest neighbour over 100m away, and no likelihood of noise complaints - I occasionally plan to record outside.
Finally, the view from outside the room: Question #3: Any comments?