Acoustic Treatments

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Acoustic Treatments

Acoustic treatment is ideal for taming and dampening sound in a room. Sound is able to bounce off hard surfaces such as walls and floors, which can cause certain frequencies to be exaggerated. This can cause problems during the recording and mixing process.
There’s a lot to be said for a good set of studio monitors when mixing. However, speaker placement and room acoustics also play a huge role. What you hear when mixing needs to be as accurate as possible.
This is why a good set of monitor stands can be very much worth the small investment. Monitor stands are designed to isolate your speakers. This reduces any vibrations passing through other surfaces. For example, if you were to place your monitors directly on a desk, you may notice an increase in low-end frequencies. This can even result in rumbling in extreme cases.
Bass can build up easily in an untreated environment. We’re not saying you have to cover your entire room in Auralex and install bass traps. However, a set of monitor stands and good speaker placement goes a long way.
We have some great options available, such as the TourTech TTS-MO10 Monitor Stands. These are excellent for isolating your monitors and positioning them correctly. If space is tight, Iso Acoustics makes some excellent desktop stands as well.

Why Use Acoustic Treatments?

  • More accurate listening experience
  • Helps tame problem frequencies
  • Better results when recording

Frequently Asked Questions about Acoustic Treatments

Question: Are acoustic treatments really necessary?
When a room is untreated there can be certain frequencies that cause havoc. This makes some form of acoustic treatment, even as simple as monitor stands highly recommended for mixing.
Question: Is there a difference between acoustic treatment and soundproofing?
Acoustic treatment is about taming certain frequencies and reverberation in a room. Soundproofing on the other hand, is more focused on preventing sound from escaping a room.
Question: Is there a workaround for recording in a bad-sounding room with no acoustic treatment?
A bad sounding room is a bad sounding room, unless you use acoustic treatment. However, during the mixing process, you can use notch EQ to tame problem frequencies. Specialist software like Izotope RX is also great at ‘fixing’ audio. This can only go so far though, so we recommend some form of acoustic treatment if possible. This will provide better results from the get-go and save you a lot of time and frustration.