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Home Studio Know-How: The Room & Acoustics

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    3:31

    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

    6:28

    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

    3:37

    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

    5:34

    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

    11:51

    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

    10:39

    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

    6:55

    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

    9:20

    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

    13:33

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

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    Tutorial 10

    Treating Our Room Pt. 1

    5:43

    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

    7:29

    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

    8:44

    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 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!

Alex E
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Knowledge with no faffing around! Cheers

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

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Mongo
Submitted 1 week 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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Matrix
Submitted 1 month ago

Very helpful

Truly it's a amazing video program explaining everything in a very practical manner.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Pro Tools

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synclab
Submitted 2 months ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reason

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Drey
Submitted 2 months ago

Made the concept of sound clearerVery helpful!

Awesome!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer

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Itamar
Submitted 3 months ago

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.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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jlscott
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools

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Thomas
Submitted 4 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

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pan2c
Submitted 4 months ago

In one word excellent

Simple and to the point. It brings up very good points. Rationale and reason for changes to the room acoustic.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Reaper

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Luis Che
Submitted 5 months ago

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!.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Cubase

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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 55.
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