Originally Posted by Syncamorea
Sure, Ethan, you can take anything to extremes. For example, I could tell people to bass trap the corners and that's going to turn out to be good advice for a significant number of individuals. But what do we see right here on GS, over and over? People that are well into the treatment process that still have measurable and audible issues to deal with. As I've mentioned repeatedly, I like to listen and measure in order to correlate. It's the way I choose to learn.
To put it another way, I know of studio designers that keep their designs in their own wheelhouse, so to speak. So they work with dimensions, materials and methods that are well known to them. And guess what? As their build moves towards completion, there they are, in there measuring away and saying: "Every room is different". Do you think you can achieve true LEDE performance by just seeing an iPhone snapshot then telling people what traps to put where?
I don't know what you mean by "true LEDE performance" but after having treated thousands of rooms, then yes, in most cases seeing photos of the room is enough to know what to suggest to maximize results within the working budget.
Don't get me wrong, I will never say "don't measure your room," but many of my customers are greatly intimidated by that process. And in general, no matter where the specific response problems are in a given room, the solution is always the same: more bass traps = flatter frequency response.
For the vast majority of my customers, budget and available physical space in the room are the 2 biggest limiting factors. In such cases, I will be able to identify placement for the most important traps -- corner bass traps and first reflection absorption panels are no-brainers for nearly every room. Then, with the remaining panels, I will sometimes walk the customer through a few listening tests to determine best placement for the remaining panels.