The room is more important than you imagine

It seems that the fastest way to start a fight or even just a big discussion on a voiceover blog is to write something about a favorite microphone and why it’s the best of the best. Almost as fast is to write about preamps. But Dan Friedman focused his attention to the subject of room accoustics several weeks ago. I’m not sure how many fights or big discussions his post has started, but I do know that the best microphone and preamp in the world will sound like garbage in a room that’s not treated properly.

If you’d like to learn more on this important subject, dig through the archives of the blog written by the late Mike Sommer.


  1. Bob,
    Thanks for drawing attention to this topic. Room acoustics don’t get as much attention as mics, preamps or software, possibly because there are no quick $200 fixes for a bad room (and all rooms not designed for audio are bad rooms).

    Comment by Dan Popp — January 4, 2012 @ 9:40 am

  2. Thanks for calling attention to my blog series (courtesy of Recording Magazine). The room is critical. More often, I tell people that they need to fix something in their space than I tell them they need to get a different microphone.

    Dan Friedman

    Comment by Dan Friedman — January 4, 2012 @ 9:47 am

  3. Dan,

    You’re welcome and I quite agree. Every room needs some kind of treatment.

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — January 4, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  4. Dan,

    You’re welcome. I find a lot of valuable insight and inspiration from your blog. Thank you for all the contributions you make to our lives.

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — January 4, 2012 @ 9:54 am

  5. Great discussion, info, and links. Early reflection control is important, especially these days when many are working close to a hard surfaced desk or computer monitor. It’s important to treat the immediate environment.

    Comment by Lance Blair — January 4, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

  6. Lance,

    Great point about the desk and computer monitor reflections being an issue. I’ve taken to setting my monitor at a bit of an angle to help cut down on the reflections going right from my voice to the microphone. But the room treatment is critically important, too.

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — January 4, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

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