7 common myths about room acoustics!
A great hi-fidelity (Hi-Fi) or a sound recording setup often requires a lot of investment, but then the system still doesn’t sound right to you. Unfortunately, even the most expensive system on its own won’t automatically produce great sound. That’s where room acoustics come in to picture. Room acoustics is an often-misunderstood field – and the one where you can easily be duped into spending money on solutions that don’t deliver what they promised!
Here’s a look at seven common myths of room acoustics.
Myth 1: Just add carpets and curtains for great sound.
Carpets and curtains are not a complete acoustic solution or a solution at all. They only address the high frequencies – and they simply can’t provide the defined performance of lab-tested acoustic panels. Worse, neither tackles the critical problems of speaker boundary interference and boomy bass.
Myth 2: Soundproofing means good acoustics.
Soundproofing/Isolation isn’t the same as acoustic treatment. Soundproofing simply stops sound from entering or leaving a space – it doesn’t address the internal sound reflections of the space. In fact, the more you soundproof, the more serious the bass problems will be, as low frequencies are trapped inside. You need bass traps to control low frequencies and get good bass management.
Myth 3: We can “tweak” that boomy bass.
The wavelength of bass frequencies means that “tweaks” can’t solve the uneven decay time of bass in a room. Instead, tweaks usually change the balance of mid to high frequencies relative to the bass, causing you to perceive less bass boom – but the problem is still there.
Myth 4: Room treatment makes your room dead and lifeless.
Professional acoustical design creates living spaces. It’s rampant misuses of thin acoustic material – like egg crate, pyramid foam or polyester fibre boards – that over-absorbs high frequencies and deadens the sound in a room. Smart solutions aim for flat absorption/diffusion across the audible spectrum like the UltraWood Hybrid or the UltraFuser from ultracoustic which is a great diffuser that diffuses down to 800Hz.
Myth 5: Room treatment is ugly.
Today’s acoustic panels blend seamlessly with your interior design and add beauty to your space. The trick is to integrate room treatment when you design and build your listening room, instead of adding it later.
Myth 6: Room treatment is expensive.
You’ll find a range of prices for options in room acoustics. Though great sounding rooms don’t come cheap. For home recording studios, look at the easy-to-install and affordable range of Horizon QKits here >>
Myth 7: I can find the answers on the Internet.
Every space is unique, and the Internet can’t address the complexities of your individual acoustic challenges. An experienced acoustics company with first-hand experience can save you time and money, particularly when brought onto the project early.
It is always recommended to appoint an experienced acoustician, if you are building a commercial recording studio. For beginners and also project studios, you can choose from an array of modular acoustical products from Ultracoustic.