There was really only one main problem: with concrete/plaster walls, the room basically acted as a rectangular reverb chamber. It was obvious that something needed to be done to address the acoustic situation. This is where Auralex came in.
Here are some pictures of the basement room before I brought in my recording equipment:
We decided to start by repainting the walls a more vibey green color (these pics were taken while the paint was still drying):
Here's where the Auralex came in, along with my recording setup:
|My new man cave!|
|My co-writer's seat|
|The vocal booth, enclosed by movable Auralex ProMAX panels|
|The Mopads were the perfect thing to separate the monitors from the stands, isolating the vibrations|
|I suspended the foam from the ceilings with these gold hooks|
|Eric Smith from Auralex|
Not only does the new setup look cool, it actually encourages creativity. I've been told that it's easier to focus when there are less rogue sound waves bouncing around the room, and I've experienced that to be true. I've never heard the stereo image like I have in the past couple months. My mixes are improving, and I'm enjoying listening to music more now than I have in the past couple years.
The room's acoustics are so tight now that, one day, I noticed what sounded like a static problem in my left monitor only to discover that I was actually hearing a candle burning on my desk. That's a good sign of an accurate acoustic environment!
If you have a dedicated space for writing/recording, I highly encourage you to invest in the room's acoustic treatment. If you can't accurately hear what's coming out of the monitors, you'll have trouble competing with those who have a proper setup. Check out Auralex.com for ways that you can turn your room into a space that serves your creativity. Treat yourself to proper acoustic treatment!
Keep writing (a treating acoustics),