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    Greetings to everybody.
    I just recently rented a big house and want to build a studio in itīs largest room downstairs. Itīs quite large - about 35-40 m2 (long room, not square), about 3 metres to the ceeling.
    The main problem is that the floor is sandstone/hone and I am not allowed to modify it, so the only solution right now is carpet.

    What I was thinking about doing is to split the room in two using a wall of a couple layers of acoustic foam, drywalls and padding, so as to create a large recording environment/booth of sorts (half the room) and a control room - isolating the booth as much as possible and treating the control room acoustically.

    Iīve had a couple of people giving me different advice. Some said I should leave the room as it, treat it acoustically and placing the mic in the middle, others said I should not carpet the room at all etc.

    Now I am humbly asking for your advice. What do you guys think I should do?

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    Carpet - no, but you may find, after doing some experimenting that a few throw rugs would be good.
    "Acoustic foam" - NO!! You need to do some reading about room acoustic treatments.

    Are you going to be recording others, or just yourself/your band/mates? Unless you are trying to make a business out of this, keep everything in one room.
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    The 'acoustical' peeps here will want to know the length and width of the room since that is critical to the difficulty or otherwise of 'taming' it. You do not for instance want L/W to be an integer number, 5 by 8 would not be too good e.g.

    What you do to the room depends IMHO to an extent on the sort of forces you will be recording? Up to say a 4 piece rock band yes, you could partition off a section of the room but if you are going to entertain the Luton Girls Choir you need the space!

    Personally I would build some gobos to hide behind when you record so that you can enjoy the whole room when mixing (suitable 'trapped' of course)
    Also I would build a 'dias' to put a drum kit on out of 18mm ply and timber and cover it with HD carpet. Tends to improve the sound I understand? Make it about 200mm high, it will also protect the floor which I guess is an issue?

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    I would suggest to not split the room unless you need isolation while recording two instruments at once or for isolating yourself from an instrument being recorded. In basic theory, a larger room will be better for anything. But that does depend on the exact size and how room modes happen in any given space. Carpet does basically nothing other than maybe slightly alter the high end reflections. Not even sure that is audible/measurable. I have carpet in my mixing room. Concrete floors in my drum and guitar isolation rooms. But all have appropriate acoustic treatments in ceiling and walls.

    There are many variables here. Your best option on the cheap is to try things and see how it works. Otherwise contact a professional studio builder. Start by forgetting about anything made of foam or egg cartons and see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARTonic View Post
    Greetings to everybody.
    Itīs quite large - about 35-40 m2 (long room, not square), about 3 metres to the ceeling.
    Is that 35-40 meters long...?

    That's pretty long.
    How wide is it?

    I also think you get more mileage out of a larger single space...but it depends on how you track things, and what it is you are recording and how much you need to isolate individual elements, etc.

    I think the bigger question is how much are you willing to invest in time and money to build a proper studio space in a rented house.
    When you leave...it will all stay behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    Is that 35-40 meters long...?
    35-40 m2 would be 35-40 Square Meters. Roughly 360 square feel, but that could be 18'x20', or 36'x 10'....
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    Oh...I see.
    I didn't quite pick up on the notation...I thought it was a typo.

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