Practice Space Decision
Posted on Jul 16, 2013 08:47 pm
Member Since: Aug 13, 2006
My band currently practices in a 23' long x 10' wide x 7' high room. I have the drummer setup at one end of the 23' with our FOH speakers on each side of him and everyone strewned through the room working their way away from the drummer toward the other end of the 23' room. I now have an option of moving to a 18' x 16' x 8' room which as you can see is more square than the current room. Do you think it would benefit us at all to change rooms, obviously the new room would only give us about an extra 7.5 square feet of space, but the shape has me wondering if it is beneficial.
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Jul 16, 2013 11:55 pm If you are going to use your PA, then I would suggest staying in the long room. Just because you are not going to get as many standing waves as you would in the square room.
Jul 17, 2013 08:12 am Agreed, totally depends on the PA situation...rather than FOH speakers, can you power vocals thru wedges? Seems like that may work better...and might allow you to use the more square room, which I personally would strongly prefer to be in.
Jul 17, 2013 01:51 pm Yeah, I will probably go with the bigger space and use wedges to power the vocals and keyboards.
Since: Aug 13, 2006
I also plan on putting up some Aurelex wedges the 2' x 2' sections for taming some resonances.
Jul 17, 2013 01:53 pm I'd personally be very curious to hear Rob's take on that, he is vastly more knowledgeable than me in this regard, I just know from personal experience that practicae spaces have worked better with wedges...waves aren't bouncing straight back and forth, you can have one for each band member, in front of them, behind their mic (typically), and doesn't present the same feedback issues as FOH speakers up around microphone level...
Jul 17, 2013 10:49 pm What's your take on this Rob??
Since: Aug 13, 2006
Jul 17, 2013 11:54 pm Sorry. I've been loading tractor trailers for the past two days. For a one day festival in NJ........... wee..............
Anyhow, I think that should turn out fine. As the dampeners will deaden the room some, and allow you to shape the sound the way you want. And not to what the room dictates.
Jul 18, 2013 11:39 pm Just a thought, and probably a bit more work, but if you could start a DIY project, and construct some gobo frames, and fill them with insulating material like mineral fiber, put casters on the bottom so they can be moved around, that might help with controlling the sound in the 18x16 room, and almost create a modular room within a room if you have enough gobos.
Since: Dec 04, 2007
I don't know how practical that would be, but it's a thought, having moveable traps/panels that would change the room shape. The front facing side could be covered in some sort of semi-reflective fabric maybe?
The frame widths could be something like 2' for the sides and 4' for the middle, so it would fold nicely. They'd probably need to be about 6 or 7 feet tall so they could stay under the ceiling and be moved around.
That's my brainstorm for the night, I think. Heh.
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