Hey all, hope all's well! I'm closing in on finishing my home studio project and I'm running into questions and looking for guidance to well, basically get the most out of it. I've finished out what was a 2 car garage starting with the basics: insulate walls, wood floor, etc.
I will start with my potential questions before details to be fair to any who may know if they can advise based off of my questions first.....
My set-up is limited to everything happening in one room. I'm recording in the same live room, later to mix in the same room. I have, up to this point, made my priority about the gear (namely instruments) with second priority to improve rec. gear and acoustics as I go. I'm set with instruments and have focused on best treating the room and then plug in upgraded rec. gear as needed. I am more confident that I can get pleasant tracks from the set-up but question the room and set-up when it comes to mixing.
So, the first question and issue would be..... is it possible to get a solid set-up for both tracking and mixing in the same room? Up front too, I am sharing my scenario because I've completely open to all's suggestions, ideas and opinions. Please feel obliged to chime in with any ideas.
I want to focus on acoustics and have a little time and money set aside to put the finishing touches on the room. Up until now, what I have done to treat it has been generic and sporatic and I need to make sure my final treatments hit the spot (in other words fine tuned). So far, I have applied a couple wall absorbers built as 2' x 4' acoustic board w/ thick foam, then denim then auralex foam wedges. I have also built 5 roll-away gobos. The paint I used was a granite material which is very coarse. It's almost the texture of sprayed ceilings. The last thing I've done was to add some auralex LERND bass traps to the corners of all walls (excluding ceilings).
A little about the room. It's an approximate 22' x 23' x 9' (high) room, cubed. I have a few permanent items in place, namely a couple desk and cabinents. Other than that, everything else is is pretty flexible to move around. I have set up the recording / mixing console in the corner of one of the rooms.
I made some overhead floor-plan type diagrams to illustrate the space as-is. If anyone can dissect issues via diagrams.... have at it. I really love the sound of the room so far for tracking and all, but I think it's too large and open for mixing.
My current plan is to add a few more wall panels, about 6-8 (like the ones behind the drums) and also put a about 4 ceiling fiber glass diffusers placed around the center of the room. In my mind, I'd hope that would wrap up my acoustic treatment, but I've got a feeling suggestions can steer me elsewhere.
I imagine my questions could seem vague by description alone, but maybe seeing the space and placement of things on a floor-plan will spark some ideas. In summary, given my space and set-up, should I focus on tracking and live room sound or is it possible to get good mixes in a large, live room? I would also appreciate any suggestions and ideas anyone see's... maybe others with just one large functional space.....
thanks for any input and advise!
here's a quick look at the floor space:
here's a scalable PDF file of the same image:
here's a few photos that show some angles and some of the current acoustic treatment placement: