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Old 01-29-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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Rooms to Record in.

I'm looking for which room in a house gets the best recordings for acoustic guitar and vocals. I've heard bathroom for the guitar and closet for vocals.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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Depends on the room, the sound you're going for & such. I mean, hate to sound vague but there is no "X room sounds the best" because every house is built different. The acoustics of my bathroom are going to be different from yours. Just experiment and see what you like.

Though, the closet is going to be a lot more dead sounding with no real verb & the bathroom is going to have a natural reverb to it. Whether its good for recording is up to you.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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It really depends on what sounds you want to go for. If you want an acoustically "live" sound, you should go for a large room with hard flooring and sparse furnishings, like a bathroom or perhaps a dining room. If you need a "dead" space, then the closet is good but you must make sure you have some soft items such as clothing or an old mattress on the wall, because this will absorb sound vibrations (IT IS NOT SOUNDPROOFING THOUGH!!!) Otherwise, you will just end up with really bad sounding vibrations. Ideally, you want to avoid rooms with parallel surfaces for the best "live" room sounds, but this isn't usually the case for most normal houses, as you can imagine. However, if you have a room with uneven vaulted ceilings or eaves, this would be the best.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:08 PM   #4
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BAM - Record in the bathroom closet. Best of both worlds.

That's some smart shit right there
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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The best room is wherever your kit is
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:56 PM   #6
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Anywhere but the bathroom, unless you specifically want it to sound like it was recorded in a bathroom



One time, the bass player in a band I was in, who was studying audio production at one of the community colleges, said that we should record vocals for one of our songs in the bathroom, because it'd give it a "natural reverb." I told him it'd sound like ****, because there's going to be so many reflections it'd be out of control, but I allowed him to do it anyway and guess what? It sounded like ****.

This guy also told me that DIing was stupid and that "No professional studio does that." Unfortunately the other guys in the band thought he was right about everything, since he was going to school for it, but no matter, we kicked him out of the band the next week on matters unrelated (mainly cause he was a douche). It's since come to my attention as to why he thought that "No professional studio does that," because I have another friend who was in the same program several years later, and apparently they only record bands completely live, because they don't have enough time to track individually during class sessions, since there's so many people in the classes.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:33 AM   #7
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Ok. Well then when a studio builds its vocal booth, what is it they're looking for?
Also, I'm finishing a remodel on an upstairs bedroom so soon enough I'll have the downstairs bedroom as my jam spot/studio. It's a rectangular room wiith a large window and a large solid wood door. Are there any tips to make this room a better spot to record in without forking up the cash for foam? I've read that I can drape blankets over the door and window but I've also read that its a bad idea. Would putting a couch or maybe guest bed help?
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The idea is to break up parallel surfaces, so anything irregularly shaped will do just fine. It could just be that cheapo textured foam (the stuff with the bumps), proper studio foam, egg cartons, whatever as long as it is irregularly shaped.
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Should I completely cover all the walls? And the ceiling?
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Not entirely. You don't want to completely deaden the room. It sounds weiiird.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:55 PM   #11
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So maybe a checkerboard pattern? My walls are plaster, I'm not sure if that changes anything but it seems like plaster would reverberate a lot less than drywall.
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There's a specific way of working out where to put things. Sadly I can't really help, but a quick google search might provide some answers.
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Not entirely. You don't want to completely deaden the room. It sounds weiiird.

That auralex style foam crap isn't going to completely deaden a room anyway. That stuff does little to nothing in the form of actually treating problem frequencies, it just creates more reflection points so stuff isn't building up everywhere.

Personally, I like totally dead rooms, though (unless it's a REALLY good drum room).
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