How do I acoustically treat my room so that I get the best from my studio monitors?
Acoustic treatment: This is a very broad subject area covering room geometry, reverberation time, sound reflection and refraction, material properties, etc. However, we built a brief checklist to cover the most important features that a listening room should have. Once the room has been acoustically treated the studio monitors can be installed.
Brief Checklist for Listening Room Setup:
- Ensure that the reverberation time is low and approximately constant with frequency.
- Primary sources of reflection should be treated, so that reflected levels are at least 10 dB down from the direct sound pressure level at least during the first 15 ms after the arrival of the direct sound at the listening location.
- The front wall should be hard and smooth if monitors are flush-mounted. The front wall can be absorptive if monitors are free-standing.
Setting Up Studio Monitors:
- Position the monitors according to the standard orientations (angles) from the listening position.
- Position monitors at equal physical distance from the listening position, or use GLM AutoCal to electronically compensate for differences in monitor distances.
- Position the monitors so that there are no cancellation effects from the side walls and the wall behind the monitor.
- Turn the monitors towards the listening position horizontally and vertically.
- Set the room compensation controls as suggested in the Operating Manual/Quick Setup Guide or use GLM AutoCal to compensate for the room acoustics in the case of SAM (Smart Active Monitoring) systems.
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