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Help with accoustic treatment of new home studio
Old 11th August 2019
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Help with accoustic treatment of new home studio

Hey! I recently moved to a bigger apartment and I've decided to use the spare bedroom as a music studio. I'll be recording guitar (both electric and accoustic) and singing as well as some mixing. This is the room: https://imgur.com/7EtGXRP

How would i get the best accoustics? I'm planning on building some panels like these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLk6fQVcoSw
As of now I'm thinking three or four along the side walls, one in each front corner, two in the front, two from the ceiling over the desk and one on the back wall. Do I need diffusers as well?

How do I best deal with the window and wardrobe placement? I can't do any big changes which means the wardrobe has to stay.

I realise that a home studio always will have some problems, but I'd like to make it the best room under the circumstances.
Old 11th August 2019
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Congratulations on finding that video. Those are effective (apart from very low frequency limitations) and nice looking.
Small rooms don’t usually benefit much from diffusion, according to what I’ve read. If you need to restore some reflected sound for acoustic guitar recording, you can bring in some 1/4” plywood panels and temporarily liven the space to taste.
You probably need to consider some thicker or doubled traps for corners and/or other surface intersection where you can lose some space that is not usually occupied by people or equipment. Small rooms need an ungodly amount of trapping to approach any kind of honesty and evenness in response. And, as much as space allows, remember that air gaps behind panels substantially improve panel performance at very little cost.
I see that the window and other irregularities make a truly symmetrical monitor/listener placement impossible. If you want to fully commit to treating the room as a studio, consider fitting panels into the widow opening and placing similar “dummy window” panels in the twin position on the right front of the room. I did that, and it helped even out my left speaker vs. right speaker REW readings.
Good luck!
You may borrow my small room trapping mantra, “Too much is not enough!”
Old 12th August 2019
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You may borrow my small room trapping mantra, “Too much is not enough!”
Thanks!

About the window. Do you mean fitting accoustic panels into the window to line up with the wall? How would I make that symmetrical with the right side?

PS: The 2nd picture with the backwall was missing so here it is. https://imgur.com/a/sepzk2L
Old 12th August 2019
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Thanks!

About the window. Do you mean fitting accoustic panels into the window to line up with the wall? How would I make that symmetrical with the right side?

https://imgur.com/a/sepzk2L
To be more clear and write a longer post, I cut pieces of drop-in acoustic ceiling panels to press-fit flush into the window opening and then put three GIK panels overlapping the window which appear to be just panels resting on the wall. This is to the left front of my room. Then I put three matching panels on the wall in the same relative position to the right front of the room. I get reasonably matched REW plots from the two speakers, so it seems to be acoustically close enough to symmetrical.
An unplanned benefit is that the ceiling tiles, having that typical white, random-textured finish, look OK from the outside (I had to remove the inside blinds to mount the GIK panels flush to the wall over the window opening).
Old 12th August 2019
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...or just put the desk along the right wall.

If you can stand losing the view, of course.
Old 13th August 2019
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...or just put the desk along the right wall.

If you can stand losing the view, of course.
Isn't it preferred to have it along the shorter wall?
Old 13th August 2019
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Isn't it preferred to have it along the shorter wall?
Your modes will be pretty high up in either orientation. Sitting along the side wall would allow you to have symmetric treatment along the front.
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