March 30, 2023 at 10:52 pm #5635Tom PowersParticipant
So I converted a room off the house to be a mixing room (I can master in it, but the vast majority is mixing work). While I’m not tearing up the world wioth Barefoots or Dutch and Dutch, I am using the Dynaudio LYD 48s with the Dyn 9s sub… and in a 13×13 ft room, it is a nice balance.
I was able to bring in some acoustic design folks I’ve worked with in the past to get this room into shape.
We tore out all the drywall and replaced it with acoustic gypsum which before and after seemed to make a world of difference on it’s own.
I had put up the cloud, and had the primary reflections taken care of with acoustic art panels, and really treated the room…and I went too far. The room sounded dead and lifeless and not at all like studios I had worked in over the years.
My major mistake was putting up treatment without measurements to guide me on what was needed.
By taking multiple readings with REW , and pulling out a lot of the treatment, the room sounded better and the REW graphs still looked good. By the time I was done, I had some bass traps in the corners (real heavy dense foam they brought in…which surprisingly worked) to deal with an issue at 120hz and then the acoustic art stayed up on the right and left, but the back wall untreated and the cloud taken out sounded so much better.
My question is… does it make sense that the use of the acoustic gypsum drywall results in less acoustic treatment on the walls?
All insight is appreciated
March 31, 2023 at 11:47 am #5646
Please post a link to the specifications of the acoustic gypsum.
April 1, 2023 at 2:50 pm #5662Tom PowersParticipant
Here’s what the Invoice said the Drywall is… Quietrock 545
Which I found online here:
April 3, 2023 at 12:27 pm #5688
6+ lbs/square foot? Wow. Heavy stuff; over 190 lbs per 4×8 sheet. Glad I didn’t have to install it.
You have an unusual situation: Almost none of the in-room sound escapes, even without absorbers inside. So there is very little baseline data to form a comparison. There are on-line calculators around that can estimate (untreated) room response based on dimensions and wall/ceiling construction materials, though at this point it would be an academic exercise since you already have the stuff installed. If it were me, I’d just accept the “win”.
April 3, 2023 at 3:07 pm #5691Bob OlhssonModerator
What I always saw in studios was building a sandwich of 5/8-inch sheetrock and 1/2-inch sound board.
April 4, 2023 at 12:41 pm #5697
I’d think that would be cheaper (drpending on installer labor costs). And far easier to install.
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