A Good Mixing Space Without Breaking The Bank

Bad recording and mixing spaces come with the territory in home recording.  Most of us use rooms in our houses, usually converted bedrooms, that were most definitely NOT built for acoustic goodness.  They are, in fact, quite the opposite.  The box with hard walls and ceilings wreak havoc with our audio, most often manifesting as echo-y and reverb-y sounding vocals.  But less obvious, and much more insidious, is the way wound waves interact, causing us to hear things that aren't really there, or not hear things that are there.  This slaps us in the face when we are mixing music in a room like that.  Things usually sound pretty normal.  You hear all the sounds and mix volumes so everything works well together.  You apply EQ to boost some frequencies and lower others until it sounds great.  Then you mix it down and put it on your phone or onto a CD and listen to it in the car.  "Oh my god!" - you may cry, "why does the mix sound horrible?"  Almost certainly the answer is that your room messed with your head, making your hear certain things too loud when they really weren't, as well as making you barely hear things that were actually quite loud.  This kind of thing makes you mix - well - wrong.

So musicians who record and mix at home are constantly (or should be) looking for ways to guard against the bad mixing space effects by treating with acoustic materials, changing the angles of the walls, using headphones, "tuning the room," etc.

This article offers some tips for improving your mixing space without spending a fortune.  Read it here: http://www.audio-issues.com/home-recording-studio/listening-room-studio/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AudioIssues+%28Audio+Issues%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

 

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