People screaming about the importance of acoustics were voices in the wild not that long ago. But as more studios shift into homes and garages that were never designed with acoustics in mind, more people are asking the question, “Why does my music sound fine in my studio but horrible when I play it elsewhere?” and the answer is . . . acoustics.
Savvy studio owners hire professionals to do the design work for them. This process, while not necessarily cheap, is often the best investment any studio owner can make; acoustic treatment will be the one piece of “gear” that you’ll use on every recording and every mix. A pro knows exactly where placing bass traps, absorption, diffusion, and the like will do the most good—and has the tools to perform any necessary tweaking. (For expert advice from top studio designers, see our “Studio Makeover” feature.) [more]