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Home Studio Know-How: The Room & Acoustics

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    Introduction (3:31)


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    Sound Wave Basics (6:28)


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    The Energy of Sound (3:37)


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    The Speakers (5:34)


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    The Listening Position (11:51)


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    The Room Pt. 1 (10:39)


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    The Room Pt. 2 (6:55)


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    Acoustic Treatment Pt. 1 (9:20)


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    Acoustic Treatment Pt. 2 (13:33)


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    Treating Our Room Pt. 1 (5:43)


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    Treating Our Room Pt. 2 (7:29)


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    Treating Our Room Pt. 3 (8:44)


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!


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jgold707
Submitted 5 months ago

Good series

This is great. Lots of good explanations, and suggestions.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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ra
Submitted 5 months ago

very good

One of my personal favorites because its probably the single most important thing in audio to learn. Im still captivated by it. will probably watch it again.

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J1
Submitted 6 months ago

helpful

could have used a bigger studio room as an example

Response from Customer Service:

Hi and thank you for your honest review!
We worked with the author to choose a room that best reflected the room someone working on their personal projects would use to create a home studio. We feel the Home Studio Know-How series is a good representation of the average home studio.
Glad you found the tutorial helpful!
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Mick
Submitted 6 months ago

Good Insight

A great overview but I think a crucial element is missing in the section towards the end on treatment. It would help if the density and thickness of treatments were explored - these are the first aspects a home user has to consider, especially when building DIY panels

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Studio One

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martinvass
Submitted 6 months ago

cool info

It made me realize that I did my whole studio the wrong way.

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gtrmn8
Submitted 6 months ago

Doesn't name each item to purchase for the DIY kit, and buries it at the end of one of the later videos.

I am a technical writer, a film and game composer, guitarist, and film score seminar instructor. In general, I really hate the software tutorials and their instructors on Groove3. I don't mean they're bad guys. But nothing they do is concise. Take this Dave Askew course, for instance: Did he give you the prerequisites for building the DIY kit in the first video? No. Did he even tell you specifically what each material to purchase was called? No. These instructors ramble on. Every series could be a fraction of its length. Don't ramble at the start of every video. Don't tell me what video we were previously on. I know what we were just on because I was just on it, and I can read the module titles. Don't tell me ok we're back, because I know we're back. Don't give me unnecessary language, like "so", "and um uh". If you know your material well enough, you should be able to narrow down everything to a concise series of steps required to achieve the end goals. Don't give me a 10 minute fluff video. Just give me procedural steps and show me on-video how to perform them in real time. I don't mean to pick on Askew only, because many of the DAW and DAW-related tutorials on Groove3 and *name removed* are long-winded. However, this was just highly unacceptable: He doesn't tell you specifically how to make each acoustic treatment, nor does he give you the names of each material to purchase, nor does he give you this information up front as a prerequisite. These people don't really know how to teach. If you can't do it concisely, you don't really know what you're doing.

The positive aspect of this tutorial is that he does explain acoustic concepts and makes it simple for a layman to understand. However, if the title of the series is "Home Studio Know-How", and you don't walk me through how to build it at home and exactly what materials to build it with, then either there's a hole in your head or you got lazy.

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Eddie Simon
Submitted 7 months ago

Great Helpful Video

I’ve just purchased these video series and have started watching them and find they are very informative and helpful and professionally done. No doubt this will help take my music mixing and mastering to the highest level

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Cyrille
Submitted 7 months ago

Best tutorial!!!

This is THE BEST tutorial on acoustics I've ever seen!!!

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Alex E
Submitted 7 months ago

Knowledge with no faffing around! Cheers

This helped in preparing my (limited) space for recording/mixing.

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Mongo
Submitted 7 months ago

Practical and Informative!

I brought the series up just to get some information about monitor placement and ended up watching the whole thing. Everything was presented very well. Nice balance of introductory information and what to do with that information.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Pro Tools

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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 63 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good series This is great. Lots of good explanations, and suggestions.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very good One of my personal favorites because its probably the single most important thing in audio to learn. Im still captivated by it. will probably watch it again.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from helpful could have used a bigger studio room as an example
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good Insight A great overview but I think a crucial element is missing in the section towards the end on treatment. It would help if the density and thickness of treatments were explored - these are the first aspects a home user has to consider, especially when building DIY panels
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from cool info It made me realize that I did my whole studio the wrong way.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Doesn't name each item to purchase for the DIY kit, and buries it at the end of one of the later videos. I am a technical writer, a film and game composer, guitarist, and film score seminar instructor. In general, I really hate the software tutorials and their instructors on Groove3. I don't mean they're bad guys. But nothing they do is concise. Take this Dave Askew course, for instance: Did he give you the prerequisites for building the DIY kit in the first video? No. Did he even tell you specifically what each material to purchase was called? No. These instructors ramble on. Every series could be a fraction of its length. Don't ramble at the start of every video. Don't tell me what video we were previously on. I know what we were just on because I was just on it, and I can read the module titles. Don't tell me ok we're back, because I know we're back. Don't give me unnecessary language, like "so", "and um uh". If you know your material well enough, you should be able to narrow down everything to a concise series of steps required to achieve the end goals. Don't give me a 10 minute fluff video. Just give me procedural steps and show me on-video how to perform them in real time. I don't mean to pick on Askew only, because many of the DAW and DAW-related tutorials on Groove3 and *name removed* are long-winded. However, this was just highly unacceptable: He doesn't tell you specifically how to make each acoustic treatment, nor does he give you the names of each material to purchase, nor does he give you this information up front as a prerequisite. These people don't really know how to teach. If you can't do it concisely, you don't really know what you're doing.

The positive aspect of this tutorial is that he does explain acoustic concepts and makes it simple for a layman to understand. However, if the title of the series is "Home Studio Know-How", and you don't walk me through how to build it at home and exactly what materials to build it with, then either there's a hole in your head or you got lazy.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Helpful Video I’ve just purchased these video series and have started watching them and find they are very informative and helpful and professionally done. No doubt this will help take my music mixing and mastering to the highest level
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best tutorial!!! This is THE BEST tutorial on acoustics I've ever seen!!!
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Knowledge with no faffing around! Cheers This helped in preparing my (limited) space for recording/mixing.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Practical and Informative! I brought the series up just to get some information about monitor placement and ended up watching the whole thing. Everything was presented very well. Nice balance of introductory information and what to do with that information.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Truly it's a amazing video program explaining everything in a very practical manner.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Most informative and helpful. The fact that this course takes you through all the steps necessary to understand the basics of the problem is fantastic.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Made the concept of sound clearerVery helpful! Awesome!
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Extremely helpful. I learned a lot from this course and I plan to watch again when I be able to move to a bigger space. Lots of valuable information on how to setup a home studio.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Clear and Helpful The videos were both clear and helpful, with good explanations about the process of setting up a home studio to minimise issues with unwanted acoustic artifacts. I would have liked, however, a bit more general coverage instead of the focus on the specific room being treated. Nevertheless, it is possible to take away a number of general tips for treating your own space.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from In one word excellent Simple and to the point. It brings up very good points. Rationale and reason for changes to the room acoustic.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant for Home Studio Setup For those familiar with acoustics concepts, worth skipping to the second, practical part, which was great. Several other trainings I have seen focused on the theory stopping short of being hands-on, but I found these tutorials very practical. Following them helped a lot with thinking about monitor placement, measurements with the calibrated mic wit REW and then locating the most difficult acoustic spots in the room for placing panels resulting in a marked improvement in sound and an amazingly accurate stereo image not possible without treatment.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Easy to understand! I wish I had seen this course before I treated my room, it would have saved me a lot of time and hair from scratching my head so much!. I will use what I learned here to check on what I did and hopefully make my studio sound even better!.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great examples It is a great course for home studios that want a better treatment in their room, and not to spend lot of money in acoustic treatment
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good practical informotion This short series on room acoustics provides clear and practical information for the home studio. The graphics are really good and the science is kept simple. Recommended
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great review and perspective Plenty of detail without getting into the weeds.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Helpful and accessible ................
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It's the best what I've seen! This course or tutorial is really very, very helpful in understanding what's going on with sound in our home studios, where it goes, how to absorb or diffuse it, a lot of practical calculation and examples. If've seen few videos about that topic, but none of them was so comprehensive. I will definitely go back to it when I will be working on my own acoustic treatment. Highly recommended!!!
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very informative! terminology explained so well. great for beginners to get their basics right!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very clear and nice Very clear and useful explanation supported by nice 3D videos that help to visualize how sound behaves in a room. Well done!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpfull indeed. Will put into practice with my next studio refit
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from excellent Everything awesomely explained ..kudos
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from The basics explained in a very clear way! The way of explaining these basics want me to know even more about it. It was very helpful.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very helpful awesome vids
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from It Was Bery good it hellps
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very insightful!! Learning quite a bit from this video series. Learning how to get the best sounding room possible is a topic I'd hope for but never knew existed. Thanks for this!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful. Recommend to everyone with a home studio. Very Helpful. Recommend to everyone with a home studio.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful This is a wicked video :)
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful great calculations
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Explained simply and well Real common sense advice from the perspective of the home studio owner with limited budget and technical know how
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Some very useful and essential tips I find my room to be pretty good in frequency response. But with these videos I´m able to improve the most important aspect in making music. Reacting to soundwaves. Very revealing and entertaining and very well explained. Great tutorial overall.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great info for taming room acoustics in home project studios I've found this info very encouraging and also realize how many things I've been doing wrong. I think applying some of the principles in these videos will make a huge difference in my listening space.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So good! Must watch!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Wow, where have you been all my mixing life? I loved the acoustic treatment training. The tutorial was not rocket scientist stuff. It was easy to understand. thanks....
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful A great lesson in applied physics.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from excellent Very informative
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear explanations and great bedroom (?) example I thought the explanations were very clear and the animations helped make various points very clear. The only detailed explanation and animation I wish had been included was how air molecules interact (even in one dimension, i.e. a straight line) and how sound pressure varies as a result, especially at a wall where I believe sound pressure doubles. It's hard to visualize since it's a time-dependent process in which "doubling pressure" means air molecules are alternately being doubly compressed and doubly rarefied as they get squeezed together or sucked apart by a moving speaker cone.(or something like that). I really, really liked the real world demo in what appears to be a typical small bedroom turned into a music room. Major points for the real world examples of before, during, and after room treatment in a very typical situation.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome Information Very quick & straight to the point - well explained
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5.0 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: 2017-02-11
Rated 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Course ! Great course. Exactly what I needed as an electronic music artist
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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: 2017-01-22
Rated 5.0 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: 2017-01-17
Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 4.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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: 2016-12-24
Rated 5.0 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 4.0 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 5.0 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Must Know Info before setting up your Home Studio! I wish I had seen this before setting up my studio! I did find the same info but this series explains and makes sense of everything!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great Practical Advice Provided some really good, practical, easy to implement suggestions for improving the sound of your listening space that won't break the bank. I tried the Cardas Method as described in this tutorial and noticed a fairly significant difference. I intend to try to incorporate as much of the advice provided as I can. As a side note, the graphics really helped me to visualize the concepts and helped me better understand what was being discussed.
Date published: 2016-12-22
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