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Advice on treating a small live room
Old 27th May 2009
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Advice on treating a small live room

need advice on this drum / tracking room

i have read alot of articles and posts on this subject but am instantly stuck on what to purchase.

i have decent high end home studio right now but am seriously lacking in my recording rooms. 1 room can not be treated & the only other room i have open for this is some what small and has a window & door opening with no door.

i have been using this room to track drums but would like to acoustically treat it so that it stops the crazy bouncing.

would ultimatley like to be able to record vocals / amped instruments / strings / horns / drums in this room. so i am guessing i need mad absorbtion panels & bass traps??

is there a better option then adding a door? (standing trap that i could move when done recording?)

walls are 1/8 ply wood panels
wood floors (using a carpet rug for drums)

attached is a ****ty drawing of the room dimensions

little under 10' long by 7.5' wide and little under 9' tall

how removable are hanging wall traps? if i were to move in 2 years would i be able to take them down without hurting wall and use for next studio spot?

all your help is grealty appreciated
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Old 27th May 2009
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wow with a room that small I would bass trap the heck out of it (corners) and use 4" panels all along the walls and ceiling. Yes the room may end up kind of dead sounding, but I don't think you would want any of that room sound.

Old 27th May 2009
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Can't speak to others but our panels hang just like a picture frame. No more damage than filling a small nail hole.

On the ceiling, you'd need something like plant hooks but even those can be filled relatively easily.

Drums is going to be really tough in that room. I'd agree with Glenn that you're going to have to trap it pretty hard. I'd leave the floor hard and go with a soft ceiling.

Old 27th May 2009
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thanks for quick responses on this

i sent glenn a pm looking for more insight on your GIK panels ( i like your options)

now when we say "trap it pretty hard" are we talking like 3 of the 242s per wall with some inches inbetween to center them and corner bass traps or are am i looking at needing to cover all of the wood?

i figured 3 per wall and 4 on the ceiling plus each corner with bass traps at first but is the space from floor to panel and from panel to ceiling going to be an issue?

thanks again for all help
Old 28th May 2009
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I'd say:

4 corners
Cloud over the drums
Panels behind the drummer

Potentially some panels on stands for a bit of flexibility in the sound.

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