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Treating a Small Room for Mixing - Would it be possible? (10'4" x 12' x 8')
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November 6, 2017 - 8:46 pm
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I know my room is much smaller than what would even be considered the low end cut off for potential/ideal room sizes, but i’d like to at least get a handle on what I might be able to do about the situation. I’m not entirely close to the budget for what would justify submitting a form for the Free Room Analysis, so I thought I’d just go ahead and post my room specs here (exactly as I filled them out) since I went through the time to get those all together. Would love to get some insight as to what might need to be done to make things sound better. As an aside, I’ve got a degree in physics and find this stuff fascinating – would love to learn every bit that you guys have to offer.

Current Use: Writing/Composing/Recording (film/game + pop/metal/rock/folk)
Goal: Mixing

Dimensions:
12′ Width x 8′ Height x 10’4″ Length

Floor type:
Vinyl

Wall type:
Plaster

Ceiling type:
Drywall

Drivers:
2 x 6′ drivers (KRK Rokit 6)
(ideally this would change, and i’d be treating the room with the intent to go into a higher-end monitor (Barefoot Sound Footprint 01, ADAM S2V, etc (i know the Footprints might have a bit too much low-end energy for the room to handle, though))

Other information:
Using the room for writing, primarily (video game soundtracks, film scores, library music + recording guitars + vocals). I’d like to be able to set it up for mixing (which is the reason i’m filling out this form), but I know that might be challenging given the small size. I currently mix on HD700s and produce/write on the monitors (little to no mixing decisions made on the monitors at this point).

Cavities:
There is a closet in the wall to the left of the listening position (8′ x 7’3″ x 2′) (Height x Width x Depth).

Features:
– Door: To the left on the front wall when in listening position (can be left open)
– Closet: Left of listening position
– Ceiling fan: Almost directly above listening position, 4 to 6 inches behind head
– Window Heating/AC Unit: Behind listening position
2 windows: 4’3″ x 2’11” x 7″ (Height x Width x Depth)

Note – there is a 6″ x 9″ support beam protruding from the right rear wall (in listening position) that runs the height of the room (assuming it’s a beam from the construction process that had to be built around when they laid the walls down).

Listening Position:
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Corner View 1:
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Corner View 2:
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Closet:
https://i.imgur.com/2Y562NT.jpgImage Enlarger

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Until Dennis comes along,
Here are a few pointers that may help.
Bin the Rokits, it’s almost impossible to get a good mix on them (from experience), the bass is totally unrealistic, for reasonable money Pre Sonus Eris 5 are miles better, and a bargain.
Broad band traps 4ft by 2ft, behind your listening position, touching in the corner. At a guess you may be able to fit 4 on there.
Also on the wall with the double doors, put a heavy curtain over the doors and broadbands on the walls
Broadbands behind the speakers also above the listening position.
In the corners broadbands should touch, as bass builds in corners, so they should not be exposed.
Get curtains, heavy material like velvet etc, or the glass will mess up your rooms frequency response.
Floor is fine
Broadbands above the listening position.
This basic stuff will make a large improvement.
Make sure you sit exactly 38% back into the room, for optimal listening position.
Small rooms are hard to get right, but you will get decent results with this.
Again……….sell those rokits.

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Here is a link to a room about your size and what Sam had to do to get it to have some spectral balance in the small volume.

https://www.acousticfields.com/sam-small-studio-project/

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