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Member Since: Sep 30, 2009

For my condenser mic with vocals, and acoustic guitar actually, my room is not set up well at all for sound quality, but working with what i have, i'd like some help getting the mic set up as best as i can.

At the moment, for space issues, i have my stand set up probably 4 feet away from the corner of the wall. There's also a metal door a foot away from the corner, and i'm singing kind of at an angle not facing the door or the corner (just happened to be the direction it faced when i twisted it on the stand haha)

Is that going to give me anything undesirable? It wouldn't be a big deal to move it to, say the center of the room, or facing the drywall somewhere else. I don't have any blankets or anything set up, though if someone is reallllly advocating the use of something to dampen the room i suppose i could go get something to hang a blanket or two with.

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Dec 02, 2009 06:51 pm

Absolutely hang a heavy blanket, or better, 2. I hang packing blankets, the thick ones, in my 16 x 11 room, and it really helps to drop down the reflections.

I put hook-screws in the ceiling (wood behind drywall) to hang my packing blankets from. I put 2 in a 'V' shape, maybe 6 feet from singer, so they sing kind of into them.

Since: Sep 30, 2009

Dec 02, 2009 09:19 pm

Gotcha. It does look common enough to consider. Now like, how thick blankets are we talking? Any special type i should buy at a local fabric store or would some old bed comforters work? The ones i have in mind are just typical bed comforters, stuffed with some cotten i believe. maybe 2 - 3 inches thick.

And so you recommending putting the blankets in a V shape in the corner and standing back several feet, correct?

Czar of Cheese
Since: Jun 09, 2004

Dec 02, 2009 09:49 pm

I do something very similar to what pjk does. But in addition, I also hang a blanket behind the singer. My reason being that the microphone is actually pointed at the wall behind the singer, and having a blanket hanging there has helped cut back on stuff bouncing off the wall behind me.

There is no science to what I do, and I'm sure someone will come along and tell you how the pros do it, but for a home recordist on a budget this system has really helped improved the sound quality of my vocals and acoustic guitar.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Dec 03, 2009 01:39 pm

Here's the bug:

I got 6 or 8 of them from my buddy who works at a furniture store. So when they delivered some furniture, these 'somehow' didn't make it back into the truck =). He knew I was making up a studio, so it was a little 'assistance' from his company. To be honest, they weren't new, so they were a little raggedy. But certainly work for me. I've actually got one hanging as my office door, since I haven't put a real door in yet.

They're denser, but I don't think it would be any noticeable difference if you used your comforters or not. I just like the dense-ness, as it will slow down some of the bass too. I like Jim's idea too, put up a layer behind the singer.

I first did the snap test in the room, and you can hear a remarkable difference when they hanging or not. Echo / then No Echo. Nice.

If you're inspired, you could get some from a U-Haul place, as I'm sure they sell them. Having a bud in furniture helps though =).

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