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    Hey everyone, really curious on how to go about treating this space in my new basement. First time trying to really build a small home studio space. I'm aware of how difficult all the factors make it, but I'd like to get as close as I can. I can't really build since I'm going to be renting. Where would you guys recommend me to set up my desk and such? Thank you!
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    Probably the empty wall to the left of the window....but TBH, there's not a significantly optimal choice, it's pretty much about even, so you could just set up where it would feel the most comfortable to you. Like you could set up at the window, so you have a nice view...or even the wall opposite the window.

    Kinda depends on what it is you're setting up and how much room you need for it...plus what type of "treatment" you were looking to do, or able to do.
    At the least, you'll need to put up some broadband traps on the walls/ceiling to deaden it some. Also depends on your expectations and what you're looking to do in the space....I mean, there's a lot of variety in home studio setups and what people do in them.

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    Yes, I'd set up the desk in the center of the wall at the bottom of your 'floor plan' pic. Broadband traps in the 3 corners (one near the door may not be quite 45 degree). and the one on the back corner where the hall is flat against the wall)the open space will 'absorb sound).
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    What kind of "studio"?
    Just looking for a comfy audio rumpus room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    Probably the empty wall to the left of the window....but TBH, there's not a significantly optimal choice, it's pretty much about even, so you could just set up where it would feel the most comfortable to you. Like you could set up at the window, so you have a nice view...or even the wall opposite the window.

    Kinda depends on what it is you're setting up and how much room you need for it...plus what type of "treatment" you were looking to do, or able to do.
    At the least, you'll need to put up some broadband traps on the walls/ceiling to deaden it some. Also depends on your expectations and what you're looking to do in the space....I mean, there's a lot of variety in home studio setups and what people do in them.
    Thank you for your response! I more or less want to use the room to write and record guitar parts etc. I also work on hip hop/edm beats a decent amount. At points I also want record vocals with my Shure SM7B Mic, but more for demo purposes than anything. I record final vocals at a "real" studio - but I'd love to of course get the best sound possible at my home studio. As far as the set up goes, I was thinking of setting up against the window for aesthetic purposes, but I'm willing to relocate if it'll make a vast difference. Thanks again!

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    Thank you for your advice! I originally thought about setting up against the window for aesthetic purposes. What would be your take on that? Would I be just better off setting up against the wall you recommended? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    Yes, I'd set up the desk in the center of the wall at the bottom of your 'floor plan' pic. Broadband traps in the 3 corners (one near the door may not be quite 45 degree). and the one on the back corner where the hall is flat against the wall)the open space will 'absorb sound).
    Thank you for your advice! I originally thought about setting up against the window for aesthetic purposes. What would be your take on that? Would I be just better off setting up against the wall you recommended? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch View Post
    What kind of "studio"?
    Just looking for a comfy audio rumpus room?

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    I basically want a comfy space to write my instrumentals and beats, but also record vocals here and the for demo purposes mostly

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    You can set up at the window...it will be fine, and I do understand the aesthetic value of being able to have that outside view when you are sitting there for hours writing, etc. Just treat the rest of the room with some traps as best as you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post
    You can set up at the window...it will be fine, and I do understand the aesthetic value of being able to have that outside view when you are sitting there for hours writing, etc. Just treat the rest of the room with some traps as best as you can.
    I would agree if this space is for creativity and not as much for final mixdown stuff, I would lean towards the window as center of your desk. That being said, the other wall on the bottom of your drawing would maybe suit better if you planned on mixing projects with monitor speakers. Even then it will take quite a bit to treat that space.

    I would say start with as much acoustic (not foam if possible) treatment as you can and go from there. And you being a renter, you are a bit more limited to what you can get away with without having to fix walls when you vacate. You can limit some high end reflections with the foam stuff with small nails holding it on walls. But that will only help a little.

    It kind of a try it and see thing here buddy.

    Best to you, and keep us posted how it goes.
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    When you say 'home studio' and 'treatment', we assume you will be recording & mixing, in which case there are some 'first step' things to do. If those are only occasional things, then you do what want and work with that.
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