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Whatever the size of your recording studio, adding sound absorbing acoustic treatments allows you to truly experiment and get a solid output. After you’ve decided which mics, monitors and other equipment you need, making sure the room sounds perfect is the next step. Since every surface responds differently to sound and can influence what your mic picks up, you need the proper coverings to ensure your recordings aren’t compromised by any echoes, rattles or reverberations. The three main types, absorption, diffusion and bass traps, all have different uses. Absorption products like the Auralex 2” Studio Foam or the Auralex Studio Foam Designer Kit include specially designed foam that helps cancel out echo and deaden any residual noise coming in from the outside. You can cut foam to fit your space and easily move it around, so if you’re recording at home this is a great option. Diffusion products like the Auralex MetroFusor Diffusors and the Primacoustic Stratus Broadband Ceiling Cloud have an altogether different use. These acoustic treatments are designed to have sound bounce back clearly, giving your smaller space the feeling of a bigger one. They are made to control the response of the sound and should be used in conjunction with absorbing products to create the ideal recoding space. Ensuring the low end comes through properly is also a big consideration for acoustic treatments. Bass traps are designed to control the room’s response to robustly low bass frequencies. Options like the Auralex LERND Bass Traps or the Primacoustic Australius Bass Trap ensure precise low-frequency accuracy. These units will limit the boom and rattle that the bass inevitably causes. Producing a professional sounding record is within arm’s reach with products like these being so affordable and easily procured. The portability and non-permanent nature of acoustic treatments gives you the power to make your music sound as accurate and as crystal clear as possible no matter where you set up.
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