I'm a long time lurker, first time poster.
(TL;DR... This post got long, so the main idea is that after putting up a "cloud", my bass seems to have gotten "lost" again...even though at first it was greatly improved with bass traps around the room. Is this "normal"? Should I take the cloud down?)
I recently treated my room with GIK acoustics and I'm amazed and thrilled by the improvement. I was having a lot of trouble in my new room with a MAJOR dip in the 100-180hz range and Brian Pape at GIK helped me come up with a plan.
The first thing we did was to move the location of my desk/monitors. Instantly I had about a 6db boost in my dip...just by moving my desk! Next, Brian helped me plan the room treatment. I put up 4 soffits in the corners, 3 monster traps on the back wall, and 2 244's on each wall to the left and right of the monitoring position. Those were easy to install and went up quickly. I decided to put up the 2 244's for my "cloud" the next day since it was already late.
After putting up the room treatment on the walls, I was amazed at the amount of audible bass coming from my little Event PS 6's! I've always loved the mids and highs of those monitors, but in my new room the bass was severly lacking (even with a sub). It was like I bought new monitors they sounded so different (and so good!). (Though my Adam S2X's are on their way..!)
Since the wall treatment made such an amazing difference, I was excited to put up the 244's as a "cloud". After finally getting them in the right position (and a few extra holes in my ceiling...) I ran through some reference tracks... What happened? It seemed like I was back to square one..!
All that noticeable (and beautiful) bass that I heard after the wall treatment seemed to go away after I put up the cloud. Does this seem "normal"? I can't imagine how putting up more bass traps on the ceiling would negatively affect my bass response.
If anyone, (Glenn at GIK?) has any insights to this, I would greatly appreciate it. My floors are carpeted, and my ceiling is a "popcorn" ceiling.
I'm hesitant to take the cloud down, because I used those "fold out bolts" that you put through the ceiling and they fold out creating a brace. If I unscrew them, the bolts will stay in the ceiling and I will be left with some major holes. If I decide to put the cloud back up, I will have to get new "fold out bolts" and do it all over again. IT wasn't the easiest thing to do...
My next move is to take measurements using the REW Room EQ software with the cloud still installed to see what the curve looks like. If there is a major dip again I will take the cloud down, but since I didn't take any measurements before I put the cloud up (when the treatment was just on the walls), I don't have a good comparison. I'm also hesitant to take the cloud down until my new Adams get here, but in the meantime I'm having a really hard time mixing.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts/insights you guys might have!