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Old 7th May 2008
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Well, arranging a room is always a compromise between sound and workflow. So I agree with Glenn, acoustically speaking you will want to be facing away from the soundbooth toward the short wall. This gives you both the best room position and the best symmetry. So acoustically, it's pretty much a no-brainer.

But, with workflow, turning back and forth between looking at your board/screen and the performer can be a pain.

So you need to decide which is more important to you. Generally I don't think having performers behind you (as in a one-room studio concept) is a bad thing. I've seen people come up with some crazy ideas that worked for them. For example, if the only overdubbing you do is in the vocal booth, and the rest of the room is just for mixing/control room, then you could set up so that your seat is at the 38% point as normal, but face the vocal booth and set up the mixing desk that way. Just make sure your speakers aren't at the midpoint of the room.