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How import is a 'treated room'

Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 10:42 am
by tom1325
recording some guitar tracks the other day, i thought about this, and how import is it to have a treated room when recording guitars? when theres an amp cranked up to a loud volume id imagine all that the mic picks up is whats from the amp?

Re: How import is a 'treated room'

Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 5:26 am
by DomitianX
tom1325 wrote:recording some guitar tracks the other day, i thought about this, and how import is it to have a treated room when recording guitars? when theres an amp cranked up to a loud volume id imagine all that the mic picks up is whats from the amp?
Unless you close mic the amp, you will still pick up room sound. Even if you close mic an amp, room can have an affect, but close mic'ing is how alot of people get around the problem of bad room sounds for recording guitars.

Room makes more of a difference in monitoring and mixing. You will hear little weird echos, bright sounding areas and dead spots in the room as the sound bounces around. You need to make the room as "neutral" as possible otherwise you tend to mix for the room and then it might sound like crap somewhere else.

Re: How import is a 'treated room'

Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 6:45 pm
by Stephen Brown
It's not necessary to treat a room but if you can control the area around the cab it can improve your recording.

Head in one room.
Cab in another room with
A:Room to breath: Mick Thomson From Slipknot studio mic set up.v
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or B:Enclosed= Custom ISO cab.
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Acoustic recording: Legend included.

Acoustic room treatment company.

Re: How import is a 'treated room'

Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:08 am
by Patill
you usually shield one half of the room (the walls) with absorbing material, the other half stays as it is.

The amp box should be placed so the sound hits the absorbing material, so no reflections come back from the wall, which can ruin the sound, which would also be recorded through the mic.

And on the floor -> carpets.


BUT, if it sounds like a guitar, and if it sounds good, forget everything I said, unless you´re not really planning a studio :). Or unless you really wanna get into it and do it, that´s up to you ;). But don´t look for the ultimate change...

Re: How import is a 'treated room'

Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 6:19 am
by DomitianX
FRETPICK wrote:It's not necessary to treat a room but if you can control the area around the cab it can improve your recording.
Thats only true if you are close micing. If you are room micing, you must treat the room, unless you like the sound of the room you are using, then nevermind.