March 27, 2017
Home Studio Setup Continuum Music Studio

Practical Basic Acoustics for a Home Studio

Practical Basic Acoustics for a Home Studio 1.What are You Working With 2.Where Do I Put My Gear? 3.Carpet, Foam, and other things 4.Material Choices 5.Trapping the Bass 6.Upon Reflection 7.Putting it all Together 8.Summary   If you are anything like me,  you look at pro music studios with a little bit of envy. Just the vast array of outboard gear is enough to make me salivate. As a hobbyist not working in or owning a studio, I simply do not have the cash to spend on a whole room or outbuilding dedicated to recording and mixing my music or practicing techniques. With their ‘Floating Room’ construction, odd shaped rooms, lack of external facing windows and crazily thick walls, a recording studio is understandably built to be the most neutral listening and recording space possible. Conversely, a home studio is full of the usual home furniture like a sofas, beds, tables and other items that reflect and absorb sound in […]
September 9, 2016
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Home Studio Monitor Placement Tips (Manual Calibration – Part 2)

Proper home studio monitor placement is vital to ensure a high standard of translation in music productions, mixes, and masters. Monitor placement is all dependant on the size of the room. It is vital to use monitors which are not too big or too small for the room dimensions. Knowing if your current monitors are best for you room can be tested with intensive critical listening. Learning how to calibrate the monitors (if that is an option), the room (with acoustic treatment), and your ears will be the focus of this article. We will also share an action plan for you to follow to get the most out of your home studio monitor position. Where should I have the monitors placed in the room? Home studio monitor placement should be in the form of an equilateral triangle. The aim is to have your head and the speakers at the same distance from one another. The equilateral triangle shape ensures the […]
September 3, 2016
Home Studio Monitor

Home Studio Monitor Placement Tips (Room Awareness – Part 1)

Proper home studio monitor placement is vital to ensure a high standard of translation in music productions, mixes, and masters. There are several factors, which come into play when selecting, setting up, and calibrating studio monitors to best suit the mixing environment. Ideally, it is highly recommended to invest a legitimate acoustic treatment (purchased or meticulously built DIY) for all home studios of all sizes. Does room treatment make that much of a difference? So much so that a lack of adequate treatment and proper placement of said treatment can make even the most expensive monitors not translate well. Before jumping into speaking about monitors, placement, and calibration lets’s briefly cover the basics of acoustic treatment. We need first to address a few truths that most people want badly to ignore. We hope that you take this information to heart as the content is meant to share truth, and help recording artists, music producers, and audio engineers with their craft. The […]