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How Much Acoustic Treatment Should I Use?

This is a very difficult subject to address.  This is because every room is different.  There are also a lot of factors to take into consideration.  Here is a list of a few contributing aspects;

As a generalization most rooms will need between 25% and 75% of coverage.  This is only for the walls and ceiling.  Most people forget when treating a room that the ceiling is just as important when it comes to treating a room as the walls are.

Here is a brief overview of suggested quantities of acoustic treatment:

Almost never will 100% absorption be needed and neither is it suggested.  The room, no matter what it is going to be used for will still need some ‘liveness’ in it.  If 100% absorption is used the room will feel very close, tight and very very un-natural.  The room could come to feel quite claustrophobic and extremely difficult to work in.  By leaving a percentage of the area of the walls bare the exposed part can be reflective thus helping to stop your recordings or practise sessions from being overbearing.  This will have the outcome of much better performances and recording results.

As we said earlier, every room is different and every room needs its own analysis to workout the correct percentage of acoustic treatment.  If it is calculated incorrectly the room will never sound right and will not give your work the justice it is due.  That is why we offer a free professional room analysis and consultation.  Simply click here to fill in the form.