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Nearfield monitor eq Sequencers (HW)
Old 25th December 2010
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Nearfield monitor eq

I just got a bunch of new equipment for christmas that is currently set up in my room. Since I don't have any acoustic treatment at the time, would it be a terrible thing to download a free audio spectrum analyzer and use a graphic eq to adjust the eq of my monitors to level out the frequency spikes of the room? Or would this be a bad thing to do?

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Bthr22
Old 25th December 2010
  #2
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Would it be terrible? Of course not. Will it be helpful? Probably not very much.

EQ is not going to really solve the issues in the room.

In the typical rectangle room:

Listening position against the short wall. Keep the monitors out of the corner.

Bass Traps in every corner.

Absorption to the left, right and above the listening position using the mirror trick in order to kill early reflections.
Old 26th December 2010
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Since I don't have any acoustic treatment at the time, would it be a terrible thing to download a free audio spectrum analyzer and use a graphic eq to adjust the eq of my monitors to level out the frequency spikes of the room?
That doesn't work because the response changes drastically around the room. Not just around the room, but even over spans of a few inches. EQ can't even get the response right for both of your ears at the same time. Then graph below shows the LF response in a typical untreated room at two locations four inches away. Pretty scary, eh? Notice that the deep null at 71 Hz in one location becomes a peak at the other. Much more here:

Audyssey Report
A common-sense explanation of audiophile beliefs

So the correct solution really is bass traps and other acoustic treatment, as gtrguy said. More on that here:

Acoustic Basics

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Old 26th December 2010
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Don't fix the room with electronics. Fix the room by fixing the room. It's that simple. :-)

Placement is king, then come the early-reflection stoppers on the sides (a little pyramid foam at just the right spots does a lot, you actually notice when you exit the sweet spot while listening to the monitors). After that say hello to bass traps to get rid of the boominess and actually hear what's going on in the bass domain.

Commercial studios put the client couch where the bass builds up, usually way back in the control room. This way, they don't complain that there's not enough bass because, well, there's lots of extra bass back there.
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