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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 well be learning all about the importance of acoustics and our listening environment.

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    Tutorial 2

    Sound Wave Basics


    Lets 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 well 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


    Lets 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 arent available, use what weve learned to create the most ideal set up.

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    Tutorial 6

    The Room Pt. 1


    Now that weve learned the basics about sound waves, lets 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 well 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 well 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. Its not as hard as you think!

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    Tutorial 10

    Treating Our Room Pt. 1


    In this video, we'll go over some of the testing equipment we use to get a baseline acoustic analysis of our room. We'll also see how to analyze the test results.

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    Tutorial 11

    Treating Our Room Pt. 2


    Here we're going to make a plan of attack for improving the sound of our room. We'll start by finding a better location for our speakers and listening position.

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    Tutorial 12

    Treating Our Room Pt. 3


    Let's build our own broadband absorbers and bass traps, then we tackle the first order reflections. We smooth our bass response with bass traps and find some intuitive ways to battle resonant frequencies.

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 its 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 4.9 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comprehensive and comprehendable! As always, great work, Dave. Our rooms are surprisingly similar and I thought I was stuck with a bum setup. This series has shown me the practical and scientific way to make the best of what I have. No doubt it's going to take some work, but based on the results you achieved, I'm sure the difference will be substantial.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practical and well paced I really learned a lot from this course. Nothing too complicated and filled with practical advice for those of us trying to work in a small room like this. I found the last 3 videos showing how he applied the concepts in a real world situation were extremely helpful....even gave me ideas for how to build absorbtion panels. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course ! Great course. Exactly what I needed as an electronic music artist
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Video Very informative and clear presentation on how to deal with sound in any environment. Most importantly, in a studio environment. I would recommend this video to anyone looking to make their work environment more enjoyable, and with better results when working on projects involving audio.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most important and First step in sound! Great overview of room setup! Some basic physics of sound and room treatment useful for years in just an hour.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To the point and highly informative I loved how descriptive the videos were regarding multiple scenario solutions for different types of room and budgets.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Primer Covers the basics and is a good starting point for bedroom/garage type studios as well as dedicated entry level studios. Well produced and introduces some basic calculations for setting things up.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Content for the Small / Home studio Direct, practical, scientifically based, and completely USABLE. This content directly addresses my small home studio audio issues. The author's methodology and suggestions interspersed with the basic physic of sound make a compelling watch. Well done!!!
Date published: 2017-01-18
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
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