We’re all on tight budgets these
days, so studio investments
are often painful exercises in
prioritizing. Do you splurge on
a new microphone or upgrade
your workstation? Do you add a
new outboard effect or a suite of
emulations? Maybe it’s time to take
a hard look at your room.
In the quest for the ultimate
production tools, it’s easy to
overlook the fact that your
listening environment has a
huge impact on the accuracy and
translatability of your mixes. Of
course, the ideal way to optimize
that environment is to hire a
professional. But this pricey
solution can be out of reach for
musicians and engineers working
in project studios. Sometimes, a
more realistic option is to study
up on acoustics and apply some
simple, proven techniques yourself.
The complex science of sound can
be daunting, but a little math can
go a long way—your solution might
be as simple as correcting your
In our “Extreme Studio
we pick the brains of three top studio
designers to find out simple, practical
tips for improving your space.
Ready to dig in deeper? In our
“Acoustic Materials” Roundup, we investigate DIY
options ranging from foam panels
to portable iso booths.
There’s no “one size fits all”
solution, so don’t be afraid to
experiment. Show us your results!
Send before-and-after pics to
ElectronicMusician@musicplayer.com. We’ll publish our favorite
makeover in an upcoming issue.