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Your room is more important than your speakers

by Kim Lajoie on December 14, 2012

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If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been setting up my new studio. One of the really interesting things I’ve noticed is how the sound on the new control room has taken a lot of getting used to.

I’d been working in my previous studio for almost six years and had become so accustomed to the sound of the room that I couldn’t hear it any more. That’s a good thing – it was like I was listening through the room and hearing the music and sound directly.

I set up my new room and was quite surprised. Even with acoustic treatment and the same pair of monitors, the room sounded noticeably different. So much so that at first I thought there might be something wrong with my monitors. In fact it was just the different room dimensions.

Even though the room had similar dimensions to the old one, it was different enough to make a significant difference. And it was a bigger difference than when I upgraded my monitors a couple of years ago. Much bigger. Actually, the size of the difference is about on par with what I noticed when I first took acoustic treatment seriously.

What this means is that if you’re not happy with what you’re hearing, upgrading your room will probably make a bigger difference than upgrading your monitors. You can upgrade your room by either moving to a better room or (usually more realistically) treating your current room.

-Kim.

2 thoughts on “Your room is more important than your speakers

  1. Syrebral says:

    It’s so true, I’ve shifted production spaces now three times and each time it’s taken a fair while to get used to the ‘lay of the land’ so to speak. Each time my monitors have reacted differently to the rooms and it’s taken sometimes two or three weeks until I’m able to really ignore the room frequencies. Great article Kim, as always.

    P.S. I’m using Behringer TRUTH B2031A monitors with the matching B2092A sub and I’ve never, not once yet, felt the need to upgrade because of a lack in sound. It’s always been time away from my studio and having to reacquaint myself with the space.

  2. Kim Lajoie says:

    Thanks for the comment. Those Behringer monitors are really good value – I used to use those same ones myself (without the sub).

    -Kim.

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