Room Acoustics Recommendations

Room acoustics recommendations for your Music Studio rooms

Room acoustics refers to the sound properties within a particular room.  You want to control the amount of echo or reverberation by absorbing or diffusing the sound within a room, primarily through using soft materials and irregular wall surfaces.  If you have ever dined at a crowded restaurant with all hard surfaces, you can relate to the issue of not having effective room acoustics! 

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A common misconception about the properties of sound is that acoustical materials (like “egg crate” foam”) will also provide soundproofing characteristics, but generally, they do not.  Room acoustic treatments only affect the sound properties within a space, not how sound is transmitted to and from a space. You’ve likely experienced this when a car with a loud stereo system passes by. While the treble frequencies are absorbed by the car’s interior fabrics, the thump of the bass frequencies can continue to be heard as the car drives down the street. Bass frequencies carry more energy and have longer wavelengths making them trickier to absorb.  

Consider these acoustical treatments for your Studio/s and multipurpose room/s: 

  • Prefabricated vocal booths (such as will have pre-installed acoustical treatments.  
  • Use acoustical treatments such as absorption panels (fireproof foam-like sound-absorbing materials) on walls and/or ceiling.  These types of products are widely available by searching for “acoustical treatment” 
  • Avoid rooms where all the walls are parallel to one another.  If building a space, create one wall that is on an angle, which helps block the way the sound travels. If your room already exists, consider placing irregularly shaped objects, such as bookcases, which will change the way the sound travels.
  • Install carpeting or use area rugs, which will help absorb sound.
  • Add soft furnishings, such as couches, upholstered chairs, and wall hangings.
  • If you have exterior windows, installing draperies will help absorb sounds.

Note: smaller rooms have more echo and reverb than larger rooms and may require greater attention.

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