Let’s discuss some of the frequently asked questions regarding recording studios’ acoustic design and treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an acoustic studio?

An acoustic studio is constructed acoustically “dead”, i.e., with a very short reverberation time. The reason is that it gives a greater degree of control over the quality of the recording. Too much reverberation will be hard to remove for the producer.

Why must a studio be acoustically built?

If a studio is not acoustically built then the recording will not be clean which will create problems for the producer. The more acoustically treated a studio is, the better, cleaner and crisp will be the recordings which will give more control to the producer. Acoustic treatment doesn’t soundproof the studio, but it decreases the sound bleeding from outside. While both of them are different but they achieve the same thing.

What is the best shape for a recording studio?

A rectangular shape is the best for studio design because you’ll encounter fewer problems to treat. Circular shaped rooms will have a lot of reverberation because the sound after reflection will concentrate on a point known as Focus of the room. So you won’t be able to get clean recordings which will require a lot of effort on your part to clean it.

What is the best size for a recording studio? How many square feet do you need for a recording studio?

A recording studio should be in the ratio Length: Breadth: Height:: 2.3: 1.75: 1. Recording studios should be 23 feet (7.01 m) long, 17.5 feet (5.33 m) wide, and 10 feet (3.05 m) tall at a minimum. This ratio lowers pressure issues, so you’ll have fewer problems to treat. If you can get an even larger space, get one, as bigger studios give you more options than smaller ones.

How can I improve my acoustics for recording?

Acoustic treatment of a studio starts with designing itself. A rectangular shaped room will be much better in terms of being acoustically dead when compared to circular room. Apart from that there are many materials available that will absorb the sound and decrease reverberation.

How much does it cost to soundproof a recording studio?

It shouldn’t cost much when it comes to soundproofing the studio. Solutions may vary from DIY foams to ready made panels from the market. You can spend as much as you like, but on an average ready made panels will cost somewhere around INR 3000.

What are the factors to consider while designing the recording studio?

They include sound reflection, sound isolation, sound absorption, and sound transmission that musicians should take control of while designing space for music. Acoustics is another crucial factor to consider while designing a recording studio or music room.

Why are recording studios designed to produce reverberation?

The recording studios are designed to be acoustically dead. But sometimes we may want the feeling of an auditorium, then reverberations can give much more lively feelings than an acoustically dead studio. So if you want the feelings of a lively


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