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Old 18th January 2020
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Hello, I’ve been reading threads on GS for years but have finally joined the community. I’m in a new house and turning a basement room into a project studio with the hopes of eventually recording my own album. Before I begin tracking drums I really wanted some guidance on room acoustics. I’ve read through many of the different threads here but was wondering if there was A more appropriate place to post pictures/dimensions of the space to get some input on unique elements of my actual room. Ultimately I believe I’ll be building some DIY absorption panels and bass traps as well as doing something with all or some of my drop ceiling tiles. I’ve posted a drawing of the room here but if there is a better route for me to take in this pursuit I am happy to follow it. If there are folks who offer paid services for individualized consulting like this on here I would certainly be interested in hearing about that as well. Thanks!
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Old 18th January 2020
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Originally Posted by Jpziller View Post
... was wondering if there was A more appropriate place to post pictures/dimensions of the space to get some input on unique elements of my actual room.
You are in the right place, here.
Old 3 weeks ago
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I've done some work and figured I'd update my post despite the lack of response - would love to get some input if possible.

I built 4 absorption panels using 3" Roxul Safe N' Sound. Also tried my hand at building a small Bass trap for behind the corner monitor speaker. Finally, I started crafting absorption boxes over the ceiling tiles - starting in the corners. All of this is pictured in the images provided, as well as an updated diagram and a layout of the ceiling tiles (Yellow = currently covered with absorbing box / Orange = planned coverage area).

So far I can definitely notice an amount of control that has been added to the room but admittedly its a bit hard to define. I've tried a few db meter apps on my phone to take pink noise measurements in the corners and around the listening area - but I know the app tools aren't great. I am happier with the way things are sounding but I could be convincing myself that this work was all worth the effort.

Couple of questions I do have here and the most pressing is the use of these ceiling boxes. I wanted to add insulation to the cavity above the drop ceiling to create a room-wide bass trap of sorts but I did not want to just stuff it with Safe N' Sound. I run my mic cables up through there and dont want it to be a mess. I decided to make these boxes panel by panel but now I am a bit concerned about putting cardboard (flammable) up there. Even though the insulation itself is non-flammable. I am NOT putting these boxes on the two panels with light fixtures but still, I am a bit apprehensive.

If anyone is willing to weigh in on how this all looks so far, What I should be doing next (buying a measurement mic and running software?), something I should be doing totally different?

Thank you
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Old 3 weeks ago
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If you do what to hire someone or use a company that sells products to give you advice then I would do yourself a favor and just work with them. I have seem a lot of guys get "too many cooks in the kitchen" and end up with way to many options. I have 5 designers on staff and all 5 of them do things slightly different but does not mean that any of them don't do a great job. Needless to say, thought I would throw that in before you start down the road of hiring someone.
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