Originally Posted by cosmik_debris
I'm a throw this one in the fire...
My partner and I are researching diffusers as we'd like to add some in our live room. At present, our live room is roughly 16 x 23 with 11 foot ceilings. The two short walls are parallel and the two long walls are slightly not. One long wall has the control room window and a sliding glass door to access the dead room which in turn leads to the control room.
We wanted to put up wood paneling on the long wall parallel to that which has the control room window. This at first was purely for aesthetics. Then we got to thinking that maybe it could benefit the room's sound if we could somehow arrange the panels so that some, if not all the wall could act as a diffuser.
My question to you is...does this make any sense? If so, how would we go about doing this? The wall would look something like this... http://furnitursite.com/wp-content/u...ion-Klee-1.jpg
Those panels run horizontally but we could always make them run vertically if need be.
Can we follow your formula with these panels and arrange them in steps so that some protrude outwards in the sequence you presented, or is this all a waste of time?
We are going to add some absorber/reflective wall panels on the short walls that run parallel. They will be installed at angles offset to each other to eliminate the problem of parallel surfaces.
Do you know how wide the panels will be?
It's a very interesting idea, but the way it enhances your sound will depend on the width of the panels. Here's what I suggest you do:
Using any of the 7-step sequences I've given (e.g., the sequence for diffuser A1-LF), try scaling up the size of the geometry so that the width matches the width of your panels, but the proportions are retained (i.e., the whole diffuser will be inflated in size).
Then, download the software AFMG Reflex
and try simulating the design (this should not take very long... maybe an hour). My trial version of AFMG Reflex has expired, so I can't simulate your design myself right now... but, if you simulate the design and post the results here I'll be able to tell you whether or not it's worth your time to build your wall like that.
If your panels are as wide as the ones in the photo you've linked to, I expect you will improve the low frequency response of the room because your wall will act as a low frequency diffuser. It will also look neat!
Does what I've mentioned make sense to you?
Keep us posted on how it goes, and if you have questions.