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16. Wall-mounted diffusors complete the treatment in the control room.
The diffusors came with double-sided tape, so I used that to stick them to
the wall. I don't expect it to be permanent, but hopefully it will take some
time before they start falling. I did stuff the diffusors with acoustic foam
before mounting; that's a tip I read about on the Internet. Picture 16 shows
the final result.
For the live room, the wall facing the performer has 2" Studiofoam
wedges spaced eight inches apart. I put a wedge on the ceiling just above
the performer's head. I covered one side wall's windows with a medium-

thick curtain, but the angled wall behind the performer I left bare, trying not to suck all the life out of
the room. This initial treatment didn't quite work-
probably because, as I mentioned, the room is
more square than rectangular. I was hearing reflections I wasn't happy with.
I hung another piece of 2" foam on a bare section
of a side wall and I put a throw rug in the center of
the room. Much better, but not perfect. The final fix
was diffusors on the bare back wall. I'm happy with
my live room now, and have easy options if I want
to liven up the room for certain instruments-I can
remove the throw rug, open the curtains, or turn
around one of the bass traps, the back of which is a
reflective surface.
So I'm back to work in the new setup, and it's going
well. My total outlay for the project was about $750
for the new acoustic treatments and materials for the
homemade panels (not including the cost of the floor
installation). Remember that I reused a lot of acoustic
materials and electrical stuff from my old studio, which
would probably add another $1000-$1200 to the
total if I'd been starting from scratch.
But now it's done, and I'll never change a thing...
honest!
Michael Nickolas (nickolas@recordingmag.com)
spent all of 2013 and all of 2014 (so far) composing, producing, and recording songs for projects in
the educational market. Recent TV placements of his
music include The Voice, Last Call With Carson
Daly, and Young and the Restless. See his website
at studionineproductions.com for more information.


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