The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
 Search This Thread  Search This Forum  Search Reviews  Search Gear Database  Search Gear for sale  Search Gearslutz Go Advanced
Acoustically treat my room or no? Bass Traps
Old 4th February 2013
Gear interested
jeffbahns's Avatar

Thread Starter
Acoustically treat my room or no?

I will get to it, this is my bed room. I have a couple views of a scaled drawing that I made in SketchUp. It is of course a little bedroom that I sleep in, record in, and mix in.

I would like to treat it (if able to) and help produce better sounds out of the room. Should I add bass traps, foam, diffusers? Etc..

I have the top down(ish) angles to just show a basic layout.

Heres the basic measurements of the room
Height(Floor to Ceiling)=8.5'

I am willing to build my own traps and make adjustments to it but I just want to see if anyone has a basic idea of what you should even do with a room this small?

Of course its hard to tell without seeing/hearing the room, but I know there are plenty of you smart dudes out there who could make some surefire suggestions.

Thanks for looking/helping
Old 4th February 2013
Lives for gear

There are many factors involved with acoustic treatment; budget budget being a big one. You will not be able to turn your bedroom into a recording studio. Having said that, you will notice a difference with every foam panel, bass trap, diffusor, etc. you install. I would recommend light treatment with some foam to help with early reflections. You'll definitely notice a difference. The improvement will inspire you to build bass traps which actually make the biggest difference in a small room.

Be prepared for overwhelming advice about how you actually need to rebuild you house to get the frequency build up at 400Hz under control (I'm exaggerating...slightly). I would suggest making small changes at a time instead of spending a lot of money treating a room you're not even sure is worth it.

What I tell people is, "Once you hear a properly treated room, no one needs to explain why you need it. " Same with studio monitors but thats a different topic.
Old 12th February 2013
Lives for gear
EricF's Avatar

A multi-use room always involves compromises, but with some research and careful planning, you should be able to improve things dramatically. Let's start with a few basics...

1. Your listening position/desk should be symetrical between the walls on the left and right.
2. Broadband abroption (not foam) at first reflection points - side walls, ceiling, and rear walls.
3. For a small room like yours, you can't over-do corner bass traps (wall-ceiling corners are often a good choice because they don't take up any floor space).

Of course, the biggest compromise will be mainating this as a usable bedroom. How do you feel about a sleeping bag on the floor every night?
Post Reply

Welcome to the Gearslutz Pro Audio Community!

Registration benefits include:
  • The ability to reply to and create new discussions
  • Access to members-only giveaways & competitions
  • Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As
  • Access to members-only sub forum discussions
  • Access to members-only Chat Room
  • Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio Classifieds for only USD $20/year
  • Promote your eBay auctions and listings for free
  • Remove this message!
You need an account to post a reply. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered.

Slide to join now Processing…
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Similar Threads
Thread Starter / Forum
soundbarnfool / Mastering forum
J-P / Remote Possibilities in Acoustic Music and Location Recording
thenewyear / Studio building / acoustics
AlexLakis / So much gear, so little time
drfacehead / High end

Forum Jump
Forum Jump