A lot of us work in untreated environments and the main issue that most of us face when mixing or monitoring and recording is the lack of accurate Bass definition in a room. Usually smaller rooms by definition have nulls move higher as the room gets smaller.

We don’t always have the luxury to always mix in a studio so today we will discuss a few tips and things that you can start implementing right away to help your Bass Response in a room

Step no. 1

Keep you Speakers to fire along the Length of the Room:

This is the most common mistake that I have seen people do, setting up the speakers along the width of the room will only cause the fundamental mode to be higher up in your frequency range.

By placing your speaker along the length you can minimise this interference and have a better Bass response in your room

Step no. 2

Place your Speakers correctly

Speaker placement can do wonders to how good your room sounds, when placed in an incorrect fashion you can get a very inaccurate representation of the room. You can use simple room modelling tools to understand how the speakers will sound in any given room. The best way to find a good speaker position is to use a tool like REW to measure the response of the Speaker and Room and adjust the position to have them as flat as they possibly can be for that given room

Step no. 3

Place your Speakers along 38% from the Front Wall

I have done a more detailed post on how you can accurately place speakers in a Room in another blog post, but the main idea is that you can place the speakers at 38% the length of the room to get them to have the least interference with the rooms nodes

Step no. 4

Don't Place your Speakers on your Desk

This is a common mistake done by a lot of people, having your speakers on a desk or even elevated on the desk causes the table to also vibrate at a certain natural frequency of the table thereby muddying up what you can accurately hear. Decoupling the speakers from the table and further decoupling them from the floor can help clean this up even more.

Step no. 5

Make Bass Traps:

In our course we teach students how to create simple Bass traps using designs that we’ve used in multiple studios. Signup to our newsletter and we’ll send our Bass Trap Design. Using simple bass trapping techniques you can smoothen out the inconsistent low end in your room
Step no. 6

Get a Sub:

If all else fails and you feel that you can’t really accurately hear the low frequencies in the room, get a subwoofer that can help increase the clarity of low frequencies in the room.

Get in touch!

If you guys have another other questions you would like to shoot at me, just shoot me a mail at ronak@gray-spark.com.

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