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ew1
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Advice needed on speaker placement, acoustic treatment and Sonarworks

Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:18 am

Hi

I’ve moved into a new room and am once again faced with the challenge of creating a space that I can make good mixes in.

I recently sold all my Auralex acoustic foam because I learned that it simply isn’t good enough for absorbing low frequencies. I was considering getting some of the proper stuff from Real Traps or one of those kinds of companies but then I had another thought :

I’ve gotten used to doing a lot of my mixing on headphones. Additionally, as I have neighbours I can never really play music too loud anyway and so when I have my speakers on, I’ll be mixing quietly. When you mix quietly you have less need for room treatment because the room reaction won’t be as prominent. Also I’ve heard Sonarworks can do wonders for dodgey room tones.

So, is it possible that if I combined the use of Sonarworks with low mixing levels I might not need acoustic treatment or at least not need much of it?

How good is Sonarworks for this purpose really?



Also, does anyone have suggestions for where I might put the speakers and listening position in this room?


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Re: Advice needed on speaker placement, acoustic treatment and Sonarworks

Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:55 am

I would choose the long 3.8 meter wall for your desk to avoid the boxy corners of the 2 meter wall.
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Re: Advice needed on speaker placement, acoustic treatment and Sonarworks

Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:45 am

triplets wrote:
I would choose the long 3.8 meter wall for your desk to avoid the boxy corners of the 2 meter wall.


I was hoping you wouldn't say that. The door is on the 258 cm wall and would bang against my chair when opened.
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Re: Advice needed on speaker placement, acoustic treatment and Sonarworks

Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:36 am

Then you HAVE to put bass traps on the corners of the 2.25 meter wall.
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