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Acoustic Design for the Home Studio

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ISBN-10: 159863285X

ISBN-13: 9781598632859

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mitch Gallagher, Mitch Gallagher

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With the advances in digital technology, musicians can now produce their own music at home. Over the years the gear has gotten much better, and musicians have learned a great deal about recording. So why do so many musicians and engineers have diffi culty getting truly professional-sounding results? One reason? Acoustics. If the room you?re working in has poor acoustics, it will be extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- to produce excellent results. You can?t capture a true sound if the microphones don?t hear the instruments and vocals correctly. You have to be able to hear what?s truly going on with your tracks to make the proper decisions about editing, equalizing, processing, and mixing them. Acoustics can be a complex, math-laden science, but treating a room to make it sound great and function optimally as a recording studio needn?t be diffi cult nor require hours in front of a calculator or computer screen. Improving a studio?s acoustics can be simple and inexpensive -- all you need is some guidance. Acoustic Design for the Home Studio focuses on creating a greatsounding home or project studio in an existing room. It teaches the basic principles of acoustics that affect you in your home or project studio and how to solve any acoustical problems you may have without laying out much (or any) money. Whether you?re converting a bedroom, a garage, a basement, or a corner of the living room, this book will help you improve the sound of the environment in which you?re making music. The principles are easy to understand and the materials used for treating a room are readily available. Diagrams and photos of actual rooms created with the designs are included to illustrate concepts. Whether you want to pursue a no-cost solution, use ?off -the-shelf? acoustic materials, or even splurge with an unlimited budget, you?ll learn how to put your room together easily and effectively.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Course Technology
Publication date: 7/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Mitch Gallagher is an internationally respected music technology expert and the well-known author of over 1,000 articles on guitars, music, and pro audio in magazines including Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Premier Guitar, SweetNotes, and Guitars & Gear, as well as EQ, Keyboard, Pro Sound News, Performing Songwriter, Videography, and many more. He has been a guitarist (acoustic and electric) in many styles for 30 years, and is an award-winning composer. His author credits include six books, with another in production, and he has released one instructional DVD. Between recording and mastering projects in his studio, Mr. Gallagher is working on his oft-delayed classical guitar album. He has built three guitars from the ground up, and modified and restored numerous others.

Introduction
Acoustics and Sound Control
Acoustics Defined
Acoustics versus Sound Isolation
Basics of Sound
Reflection Control
Sound in a Room
First Reflections
Flutter Echo
Reverberant Decay
Controlling Reflections and Reverberation
The Low-Down
Room Modes and Standing Waves
Three Types of Modes
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Room Dimensions
Room Shapes
It's Not the End of the World
Acoustic Treatments
Why Not Just Use EQ?
High-Frequency Absorbers
Diffusion
Studio Treatment in a Box
Acoustic Myths
Egg Cartons
Carpet on the Walls
Any Foam Will Work
Furniture Solves Acoustic Problems
Bass Trapping Takes a Lot of Space
EQ Can Solve All Acoustic Problems
Treating Your Studio
Choosing the Best Room for Your Studio
Isolationism
Bedrooms
Attics
Basements
Garages
Finding a Corner
Getting Started
Doing the Walk-Around
Sweeping Up
Analyzing Your Room
DIY Analysis
Let Someone Else Do It
Studio Layout and Treatment
Getting Oriented
Speaker Placement and Listening Position
Symmetry
The Ultimate Answer
Treatment Placement
Creating a Reflection-Free Zone
The End Result
What If?
No-Budget Home Studio Plan
Common Household Items
A Brand-New Plan
Fantasy Home Studio Plan
Hiring a Designer
The Designer's Notes
Why You Should Care
Noise Control
Equipment Noise
HVAC
Sound Isolation
Keep It Down in There
So What Can You Do without Building?
Reality Sets In
Studio Gallery
Studio Gallery: Home Office
Low Frequencies
Studio Gallery: Basement
Where to Go?
Low Frequencies
Reflections
Studio Gallery: Bedroom
Primacoustic
RealTraps
Auralex Acoustics
Walters-Storyk Design Group
Russ Berger Design Group
Yet Another Take
Visual Representations of Studio Gallery: Bonus Room
The Pro Design
Treatments
The Real World
Studio Gallery: Recording Booth
Treatment
Don't Stop Now
Results
Studio Gallery: Machine Room
Treatment
Afterword
Appendix
Resources
Studio Designers
Web Resources
Glossary
Index