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Today we’re going to talk about the needs of all of you that sit near field. Near field obviously is sitting close to your speakers. You work close to your miniature monitors because you keep the reflected energy from the room at bay when you really don’t and that’s what we’re going to talk about today. We’re going to talk about addressing reflections from our walls.

Our first wall is our front wall. This is a critical wall. The reflections off the front wall will intermix with the direct sound from your speakers. So your goal is to reduce the time signature of these reflections both on side, front and rear walls. That’s your goal and we can do that real inexpensively with acoustic foam.

Sitting near field is good but it doesn’t eliminate the room response completely. So you do need to treat the reflections. We start with the front wall then we also work the sidewall treatments and we have to do both sides, we have to do both right and left channel treatments. Those three walls in the front are the most important.

The rear wall is also important because it’s a delay, a time delay, slap back if you will of sound energy at the mixing position but if budget’s your concern and money is an issue, you can start with the first three walls, the front and the two sidewalls.

I’m available to help you with the treatment application. We normally want to extend it on the side walls, past the sitting position, that’s just a good rule of thumb. The rear wall obviously needs to be treated and everything needs to be treated in a kind of horizontal lateral domain.

So I’ll be more than happy to help you with that just send me a little drawing of your set-up where your speakers are in the room and listening position and gear. And I can help you with product placement and work you up with the foam is the cheapest way to go to get the best absorption at the right rate and level so that you’re hearing the direct sound from your speakers and not the room sound.

So feel free to contact me directly at: 520 – 392 – 9486 MST or If you would like to learn more about room acoustics please sign up for my free videos and ebook by joining the mailing list here.

Thanks and speak soon

Dennis Foley

I am an acoustic engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the business. My technology has been used in Electric Lady Land Studios, Sony Music of New York, Cello Music and Films founded by Mark Levinson, and Saltmines Studios in Mesa, Arizona, along with hundreds of others.

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