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Home Studio Know-How: The Room & Acoustics

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    Tutorial 1



    Welcome to Home Studio Know How! In this series we'll be learning all about the importance of acoustics and our listening environment.

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    Tutorial 2

    Sound Wave Basics


    Let's look at some of the basic anatomy of a sound waves and learn about some of the most fundamental physical principles.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Energy of Sound


    Here we'll quickly explore a few more physical principles that will play an important part in how we hear sound, resonance and reflection.

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    Tutorial 4

    The Speakers


    Let's explore the construction of what creates our sound, the speaker. Learn more about how the speaker emits sound and interacts with our listening environment.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Listening Position


    Discover the golden ratios that help us set up the perfect and ideal listening position. When ideal situations aren't available, use what we've learned to create the most ideal set up.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Room Pt. 1


    Now that we've learned the basics about sound waves, let's see how waves react in a room, and learn what effect the room has on the sound that we hear coming from our speakers.

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    Tutorial 7

    The Room Pt. 2


    In this video we'll explore 2 methods of determining the listening position in the room, and discuss a few sacrifices that we may need to make due to space limitations.

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    Tutorial 8

    Acoustic Treatment Pt. 1


    Before we can treat our room, we need to first learn to identify common problems in the home studio. Here we'll get some great tips on locating flutter echo and other common audio issues.

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    Tutorial 9

    Acoustic Treatment Pt. 2


    Learn how to properly select, and install acoustic treatment in your room. It's not as hard as you think!

Studio professional Dave Askew breaks down the things you need to know for a solid foundational understanding of room acoustics, and how to set up your studio for better sound and mixes!

Dave starts out with why it's important to have good acoustics in your studio and gives an in-depth overview of the basics of sound.

He then covers over the course of the series, speaker selection and placement, listening positions, understanding your room, acoustical treatment and more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for detailed info. If you have a studio, this info is priceless and will make for a better mixing and listening environment and ultimately, better sounding songs and productions. Watch "Home Studio Know-How: The Room & Acoustics" today!

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've been a musician since a very early age starting with playing the trumpet, guitar, bass, and piano. Not the drums though, my brother got those genes. I am an excellent finger drummer though to say the least!

2. What training have you had?

For formal training I took regular music lessons in grade school and high school which were fortified with training from private tutors. After school I joined the Army band and went through the Army School of Music as well. I'd like to say that most of what I've learned though came through experience and having hands-on opportunities.

3. When did you get into recording?

During my stay in the Army I was the live sound manager. I loved operating the mixing board but I loathed the 'live' environment. I truly enjoyed making things sound great but I didn't like the fact that there is so little room for error in the live setting. I had wished for more time to invest in being able to make something that sounds ok, turn into something phenomenal. I started by recording our Army band performances on a Yamaha AW1600 for fun, but really enjoyed that I could capture that moment then take my time to make it sound amazing without having to worry about the crowd booing. The rest is history!

4. People you have worked with/for?

A few musical highlights have been running live sound for the President of the US, and doing some on the side tech work for the band Dope. I also was able to work with Virus on one of his side projects. Over the years though my focus has been mainly in customer service and tech, so I've talked with thousands of industry professionals on a daily basis which have truly been too numerous to name individually.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Growing up I always felt that I spent a lot of time training myself how to do things, but oddly enough I always thought I'd never make a great teacher even though I'm a geek through and through. In the early part of my career I turned down so many opportunities to teach music and engineering. I think part of that came with my own insecurity of not having the formal education that society tells us that we need to succeed. It took a lot of time, practice, and personal education to get me past that hump of feeling confident in trusting that what I taught myself was legit. I've finally reached a point where I feel like I have a lot to offer in terms of knowledge, but most of it has come through investing the time with having the hands on experience that not even formally educated people get sometimes. I truly believe the best way to learn something is to get your hands on it and immerse yourself in every little detail. Groove 3 is a great avenue to be able to share that knowledge.

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Home Studio Know-How: The Room & Acoustics is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple explanations of complex issues ! Been having some real issues with bass cancelation and strong reflections in my studio room. This video has really helped me understand more of what's going on with the physics behind it all and how to treat the problems. The teaching is very well explained, yet isn't intense or overbearing... i found it very easy to watch :)
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dave, you are genius This course is just a must for every one of us, home studio guys. And what a fantastic digital graphics based presentations. This is course is (and another one from Groove3.com) all I needed and could not find. Now I understand how the sound works, I know better all the whys and whats. Dave, you did amazing job and I do not have the words to describe how much you impressed me with this course. Thank you from the heart. A guy with a square room
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What bedroom studio recordists need to know... Great advice in one package that will educate on making the best of a less than ideal space. The only point I disagree with is advice against room correction software. The Sonarworks and IK multimedia Arc 2 software can definitely help (AFTER doing what is shown in this tutorial) if you're forced to work in a room that's really unsuitable.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Info This is the best course for anyone want to do treat his room!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good info but still too theoretical Good series, but too much on the theoretical side, I miss some good tips on making own panels.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing complete course on acoustics I liked this course very much, because it touches on the very important aspects of acoustics without getting too complex. I had learned some stuff on social medias and forums about acoustics, but never got anything this brief and so informative.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really well explained video Great descriptions of the practical aspect of sound every home studio person needs to know.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great starter course for beginners to intermediate Covers all the basics as well as some advanced fundamentals for setting up a great sounding control room.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good introduction to acoustics treatment this course is an excellent resource for those that want a good head start in setting up a decent home studio.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent practical tips Good introduction to studio design and control. Practical tips and calculations to set up an effective control room in a home environment.
Date published: 2016-12-23
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