I started out after University working on my own as no-one would employ me. Back in 2003 there wasn’t the online community that we have now to go to for help either. This lasted for about 4 years, during which time I had to improvise and work things out for myself. I am now back working on my own, but this time armed with years of experience working in a top end facility. So a shopping list of gear was put together, bought and now almost all is setup and working fine. The weakest link in my chain is my room. I do not own the house so can’t do much to the room as it would damage the walls.
So, how does one acoustically treat a room in this situation? My first thought was to buy some panels. The easy option I thought but having spent a small fortune on my kit I didn’t want to spend another one. I then remembered that my Brother-In-Law built his own recording studio a few years ago and used copious amounts of rockwool. A cunning plan then developed with the help of my painting and decorating father.
I measured the walls and thought how big I wanted the panels. My father got some 9mm board and cut out the panels. We then placed the rockwool on top and cut it to shape. Earlier that day we had gone to a fabric shop in Marlborough (Dible and Roy for those of you who live in that part of the world) and bought some nice velvety fabric (in the sale) and laid this over the rockwool. Flip the entire thing over, bring in the fabric on all four sides and staple to the board. Hey presto a home made acoustic panel.
This is the result…
First impressions are rather good. You can no longer hear much noise from the rest of the house and they have taken all the roomy ring out of the studio.
The last thing to do now is try to take a measurement and see how the room is performing across the spectrum.