Studio acoustics (part 3)

Finally finished mounting all absorption panels and the corner bass traps in my studio. I did some measurements to check the effect of the acoustic panels on the overall acoustics of the room.

I took four readings. The base line reading was taken in the room with only the ceiling panels and the side wall panel in place. I took the second reading with the corner bass traps installed, 57 cm from the floor. The third reading was taken with the corner bass traps 110 cm from the floor and 20 cm from the ceiling. The last reading was taken with both bass traps and 3 panels behind the monitor speakers and computer screens. Here are my findings.

Acoustics: SPL 20-20000Hz

Acoustics: SPL 20-20000Hz

 

Here is the overall response of the room (SPL) for all readings. Placing the corner bass traps really helped a lot so that was a good investment.

 

 

 

 

Acoustics: SPL 20-600Hz

Acoustics: SPL 20-600Hz

 

Zooming in on the frequencies between 20-600Hz shows less peaks and dips in the response. I tried lifting the corner bass traps so they were twice as high above the floor and that enhanced the response even more.

 

 

Acoustics: Group Delay 20-20000Hz

Acoustics: Group Delay 20-20000Hz

 

This diagram shows the group delay characteristics. As you can see, installing the absorption panels helps a lot in leveling the delay response.

 

 

Acoustics: RT60 20-20000Hz

Acoustics: RT60 20-20000Hz

 

RT60 is the time required for reflections of a direct sound to decay by 60 dB below the level of the direct sound. The effect of the absorption panels nicely evens out the response above 200 Hz and drastically cuts the delay time for frequencies below 200 Hz.

 

Acoustics: Base line spectrogram 20-20000Hz

Acoustics: Base line spectrogram 20-20000Hz

 

Base line spectrogram of the room with ceiling panels and side wall panel only.

 

 

 

 

 

Acoustics: Spectrogram 20-20000Hz with bass traps low

Acoustics: Spectrogram 20-20000Hz with bass traps low

 

Spectrogram with corner bass traps in place (57 cm above the floor)

 

 

 

 

 

Acoustics: Spectrogram 20-20000Hz with bass traps high

Acoustics: Spectrogram 20-20000Hz with bass traps high

 

Spectrogram with corner bass traps in place (110 cm above the floor)

 

 

 

 

 

Acoustics: Spectrogram 20-20000Hz with bass traps high and front panels

Acoustics: Spectrogram 20-20000Hz with bass traps high and front panels

 

Spectrogram with all absorption panels in place. Looking at this spectrogram I can only conclude that without the panels on the front wall the response is even a bit better. The cause of this could be the back wall where a cabinet with glass doors (reflective surface!) is situated.

 

 

 

Conclusion

The installed panels really help optimizing the acoustics of my studio room. There is still room for improvement, some panels on the back wall would certainly help I think and adding two corner bass traps to the back wall. However, as my room is rather packed as it is, there is no room for more bass traps so I’ll leave it like it is for now…