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Thread: New Control Room...Where do I even START???

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    Icon5 New Control Room...Where do I even START???

    Where Do I even Start? Control & Mix room is 20'X30'
    with 14' ceilings. I move in 10 days & I'm a blank!


    Please help!!!
    Adrian

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    Looks like you've got a fantastic blank canvas to start with. It should be easy to set up a nice monitoring space in there. All rooms need the same basic things: bass absorption for taming modal resonances, control of early reflections, and adjustment of the reverb time. Have you thought about what kind of acoustic treatment you're looking to use? Mineral wool wrapped in fabric is an extremely effective and inexpensive if you're a DIY kind of guy.

    Post some more pics and a drawing with dimensions if you can. What kind of gear do you have?
    David M. French
    Ready Acoustics, LLC

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    Default New control room

    I don't have any other pics at this time, nor blue prints
    But, I measured the room and it is a 20X20 square.
    I just took the 12' drum booth out of the equation.

    Only other info is, that directly behind where I took the pic,
    there are 5 steps going up & 10 steps going down. So that
    just creates the only irregularity in an otherwise square box.

    My setup is as follows 8' Omnirax desk, Pro Tools HD & C24
    4 equipment racks Mackie HR824 monitors.

    Hope this helps!
    I am a DYI kinda guy BTW...
    Adrian

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    I would probably place your mixing desk along the wall that is in full view in the photo you posted... best to keep the irregularity behind you rather than to one side. After than, standard design ideas should be employed, like creating a reflection free zone by using absorption on the side walls and ceiling at the first reflection points, and the use of corner absorption to tame the room's modal resonances.
    David M. French
    Ready Acoustics, LLC

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    Default another suggestion.....

    I would suggest first eliminating the windows with a easily removed frame around the outside edges of both the front facing and left facing window. To keep transparancy, use plexiglas (high mass) to fit frame. Secure using Green Glue or equivalent. I would use a large diffusor in the front completely covering the window. A smaller diffusor covers the other window with a matching unit on the right wall. On top of the front window I would propose a full room width helmholtz bass trap built with a phase grate formed by hardwood slats. The Left and Right Corners would have floor to ceiling bass traps cloth covered. The entire ceiling that is parallel to the floor would covered with Absorption Units. The 45 degree ceilings would start with 6 ft of absorption, then 6 ft of diffusion alternating to the rear. The rear wall, which I cannot see would have absorption panels including the door surface. The only thing left is the floor. I would recommend a "floating" inner floor to accomodate cable troughs for power, and audio-video. This should be a major step in the right direction, with almost everything removeable for the inevitable move.....
    Allen Rumbaugh
    sales@srlaudio.com

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    Default new pics...

    Hello all, George has update the acoustics section of our website with photos and drawings of the install at Streeterville Productions......The drawing shows which modules are which since they all match in fabric covering.
    Allen Rumbaugh
    sales@srlaudio.com

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    Default Ceiling

    I looked at the gallery.
    It didn't mention in the pdf what was on the
    ceiling. Is it A or D?

    Thanks,
    Adrian

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    Default ceiling answer

    Hi Adrian,

    The 2nd page of the pdf is the front and side walls with the ceiling "reflected" above. The middle panels are diffusion, the others absorption.
    Allen Rumbaugh
    sales@srlaudio.com

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