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How To Make Your Home Studio Sound Amazing With A Low Budget

So here is a sound sample of me talkingin this room before acoustic treatment as you can hear it's very reflective andopen and roomy sounding and there's not too much great speechintelligibility could be considered hard to hear me as well and here is a soundsample of me talking in this room after acoustic treatment and as you can hearspeech intelligibility is much higher it's way more clear what I'm sayingthere's not weird reflections or interference from the room and my voiceshould be a little bit more boomy a little bit more bass heavy sounding Hey Victor Guidera here from and we are here setting up our new studio /office space as you can see this is in my garage so it's a home studio and Iwanted to take some time and film a video for you on how to make your homestudio sound amazing and show you how to save thousands of dollars in the processand so we're gonna take your room from sounding like this to sounding like this so in home studios 

We generally have abedroom or a garage or a small room of some sort as our studio space and youknow the main problem we deal with is an unpleasant sound reflectivity as you canhear with in my voice in this room a  buildup of low in frequencies or weirdor funny sounding echoes and so the main thing that we can do to combat this iswith acoustic absorption and you know and there's a lot going on with roomacoustics and the science there but we're gonna keep it really simple withthis video lesson and show you something extremely effective on a lower budget so with every studio that I've designed I always use something called Primacoustic absorption panels it's a two inch rigid fiberglass absorption panelwith covered with a breathable acoustic cloth and those as a prefab or pre-madesolution are great 

I highly recommend them and if you're like me and you liketo get dirty a little bit and you like to save a lot of money who doesn't thenI'm gonna show you how to make your own sort of Primacoustic panelsessentially we're using the same materials here and you know we're gonnamake those at 40% of the cost of those things and so you know make sure thatyou download the free pdf guide and materials list it would be either in thedescription below this video or on this page wherever you're watching the videoand so you have that follow along guide and you know where and how to get thematerials and so that's it let's get started start out by either brushingrolling or spraying the edge hardening resin around the perimeter and don't beshy on the corners allow it to dry for 24 hours next lay out your fabric markit at 3 feet to allow wrapping on the back and you want to have 6 inches offabric overhang around the entire panel Center the panel on the fabric and sprayglue one long side first while carefully pulling the fabric up and over to theback and smoothen the edges so it's a nice corner next carefully flip thepanel over while keeping the fabric tight and spray glue only the side edgeso you can tighten the front of the panel and have no ripples alwayscarefully smoothen the corners not pulling tooor to light so you have a nice squared edge and no ripples then you can flipthe panel back over and finish gluing the rest of the 4 inches of fabric tothe back of the panel now for the corners cut out a square edge as shownhere to get ready for the fold do a dry practice run of the corner fold untilyou get it right then spray glue inside the corner lightly hold the outsidecorner with your thumb and at the end of the fabric lightly pre fold it down asshown here and wrap the entire fabric up and over the back of the panel then gluethat rinse and repeat for all of the corners and that's it on to mounting Irecommend you corner mount one or a couple panels stacked vertically as thiswill significantly help battle low-frequency buildup in your small roomsince we are covering about 20% of the entire room surfaces 

I decided to evenlyspace the panels in the room both vertically and horizontally start bymounting the corner panels then measure the distance between them and calculatehow many panels you could fit equally spaced without toomuch or too little of a gap using a laser level measure and Mark the twooutside edges of each panel along the space that you've calculated then mark6 inches inside the panel from each outside edge where you want to placeyour Impaler clips since I'm using these small straight push on impaler's I'vedecided to use three clips per panel you can use two three or four impaler's perpanel depending on how stable you need them to be on the wallnow with the ceiling mounting I decided to use the garage door tracks to hang aspan of one-inch steel pipe across for an extremely easy suspension deviceplace the cloud anchors 12 inches in from the length and six inches in fromthe width and hang with the S hooks and that's it for mounting the panels inour Recordeo studio all right that is all there is to it and you can probably even hear a big difference in my voice in this room now just talking 

I wantto reiterate that as a prebuilt solution if you don't want to make these panelsyourself Primeacoustic makes an excellent rigid fiberglass board withthe same Owens Corning material and you can also use something called Roxulwhich is a little bit less dense and actually they make a rigid board as wellyou could build a wood frame if you don't want to do the spray adhesivestuff whatever you do the point is to use more of a dense insulation materialas acoustic absorption on your walls and so for coverage in this room I recommendto do a minimum of about 15 to 20 percent of the overall surface area ofroom so add up all of the surface area of the exterior walls and floors andceiling in your room and the amount of material footed square footage of youracoustic material and your absorption material should be about 15 to 20percent to start with and so in this room

We actually did I think it was justabout 20 percent and for placement as you can see you know we spreadeverything out evenly around the room the main key points around your mixposition are the first point early reflections from your speakers and sothat would be like directly off of the speaker cone bouncing off of the walland coming right into your ear and so that's off this to the sides the ceilingand the back wall so those are the main key you know the first early reflectionpoints that we want to attack first and of course you know out from therewe want to just sort of spread an even coverage for the rest of the room and sofor the ceiling panels you know I was originally gonna do something like I didover at the Drumeo studios which is a perfect laser level grid up on theceiling drywall plugs and I hooks and hang the suspend the panel's off of that

You know I wanted to simplify it I have the garage door track so verysimply just put the the steel pipe across andwas able to suspend the panels off of that and so now that we have a reallynice acoustic treatment for the entire mix position and the rest of the room weare fully ready to record and mix some awesome sounding instruments to a muchmore accurate degree in this home studio space so if you want more tips on how toimprove your studio sounds and recordings be sure to subscribe to us onYouTube and check out where we have all kinds of tips and tricks andcourses constantly being released so thank you so much for watching and Iwill see you in some more lessons 


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