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The right traps
Old 18th December 2010
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The right traps

I'm asking this in high end because the traps I'm looking at I believe to be high quality.

I work in the far end of the living room of my apartment. My speakers are 5 feet apart. The back wall behind me is 10 feet away. I am at one end of the living room. The living room is 26 feet by 10 feet, so you can figure out by those dimensions that I am not using the long end of my room. Essentially it looks like I am standing in the endzone of a football field with the rest of the endzone behind me and the field itself to my left.

Long story short, should I go with one of these, or something different?

I'm willing to spend up to 500 bucks on treating my room if it will help my dance music production.

Thank you for any help.

Last edited by BouncyJones; 18th December 2010 at 05:30 PM.. Reason: Forgot to say thanks in advance
Old 18th December 2010
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Ethan Winer's Avatar

The first thing you should do is change the room orientation as per these instructions:

How to set up a room

The key is having the wall behind you as far as away as possible, and also have left-right symmetry. If you can post a photo or layout of your room I can be more specific.

Then get as many bass traps as you can manage, plus absorbers at the reflection points:

Acoustic Basics

That will make a huge improvement in the quality of your work.


The Acoustic Treatment Experts
Old 18th December 2010
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reid's Avatar

With that kind of budget it would be worth considering DIY - if you can handle a drill, screwdriver and staple gun, then your $500 would get you a lot more absorption in the room.

Loads of threads on how to do this (and where to place it in your studio) on the acoustics & studio build forums of Gearslutz / SOS / John Sayers, etc. forums. I did something similar a few years ago, and have still got the corner absorbers in my current room - you can see them here:

You could build those 12 red traps with mdf and very dense mineral wool / fibreglass for less than $500.
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