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Acoustics is the interdisciplinary science that deals with the study of all mechanical waves in gases, liquids, and solids including vibration, sound, ultrasound and infrasound. Applications of acoustics are for instance the audio and noise control industries.

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Do you treat "your own" first reflection points?

It's well known that you should treat the first reflection points in your studio- i.e. the surfaces that reflect sound directly from your speakers to your ears. My intuition says that you should also ...
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Why not put acoustic foam over acoustic panels?

I have been doing research on acoustic treatment for my "home studio". It seems that the general principle for first reflection point panels is to make panels out of porous insulation and ...
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Reduce low-frequency noise from nearby rail yard during home renovation

Note: I realize this question might be a bit peripheral to many of the discussions on "Sound Design" stack exchange but I believe that this community has the expertise to answer it. ...
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Hi vs Lo Freq Distance Correction on Close-Mic'd material

The only person I can find who has relevant information on corrective EQ for distance and depth placement in mixing is Beat Kaufmann. He suggests to attenuate high frequencies when intending to place ...
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Why does acoustic foam control reverb but not stop sound from leaving or entering a room?

Acoustic foam, e.g. made of polyether or polyester, with a thickness of 2–3 inch, is often used to control reverb and enhance acoustics. It works through absorption of sound, and the foam’s absorption ...
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Acoustic treatment - Bass Traps w/o drywall?

I'm about to frame/drywall a room approximately 18 x 14 x 9 and acoustically treat it. I plan on using rockwool insulation for its acoustic properties, fire/waterproofing etc... It's my understanding ...
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Interior ceiling sound insulation

I have a room where very loud sounds (140-160dB) are going to be produced on an occasional basis. I am trying to acoustically insulate the ceiling with the materials I have in my regional warehouse. I ...
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Setting up Home Studio, need advise on setup

I am setting up my home studio (I am mainly a music producer, produce hip hop / trap beats). My present setup is as shown in image 3 which is not giving me the perfect results. I have 2 ideas that is ...
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Help understanding sound wave interference from two sources as a function of distance and frequency

I am trying to optimize the acoustics of a room in my house for music listening. I use a computer that runs a free app called, REW (room Equalization Wizard). This app can play a test noise through my ...
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What sound is best for measuring which frequencies a wall is reflecting?

I am recording in a very large room and getting sound reflections off the walls. So I was going to buy acoustic foam for the walls. Before I buy the foam, I wanted to measure the frequency response of ...
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Designing a home-made shooting room [closed]

I am planning to build a "shooting room". I explain myself: I want to reuse a half of an old animal shelter to build a small room (3.5 square meters, 1.7-1.8m height) to store all the ...
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Unknown polar pattern on MXL 990 mic

I just got MXL 990 Heritage Edition, for recording guitar and vocals. However, when opening the box I saw the polar pattern on the box. It's something like this. It doesn't fully resemble a cardioid ...
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How to do a temporary acoustic treatment of a living room with kitchen extensions, windows and irregular shapes?

Hi all sound design wizards, hope you are keeping safe wherever you are! I am music producer outside my other regular job, and I make instrumentals, record vocals mix and master in my living room. My ...
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Effect of sound waves striking an object

I am trying to understand the effect an acoustic wave has on an object. I have two speakers, one on top of another, and both emitting a Sine wave of 64Hz generated in MATLAB with a sampling rate of ...
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How works perforated acoustic wood panels?

Perforated acoustic wood panels seem to flourish everywhere in public places nowadays. I saw them installed as room separators, on walls (with or without an air gap), and even on a classroom ceiling. ...
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Why not pointing the loudspeaker toward the sky during open-field frequency response measurement?

I'm skimming over documentation relative to loudspeaker frequency response measurement. Regarding open-field/far-field measurements, most authors mention issues with the ground reflection. For ...
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How to interpret the analog output of an SPL meter?

I tried to connect the analog output of a Sound Pressure Level Meter to a digital oscilloscope to determine the RT60 of a room. I thought I will somehow have an analog reading proportional to the SPL....
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How to make realistic instrument sounds digitally from scratch?

I am looking at basic JavaScript Web Audio API examples, such as building simple synthesizers and such, hoping to find something where they create the sound of a drum or the sound of the human voice ...
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How much should volume change for an empty room vs one full of bodies?

So tonight I'm doing a film screening. The room is small and will have about 20 people in it. The room is already absorbent, with painted wood on the walls, carpet on the floor, acoustic tile drop ...
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"Perceptually the ear hears different pitches for soft and loud 100 Hz tone." - Master Handbook of Acoustics - 5e

After having tried to look for answers as to why the ear hears different pitches for soft and loud 100 Hz tones, here's what I've found : Pitch of the low frequency tone decreases with the increase ...
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How to Acoustically Treat kitchen-extension of room?

I have a room layout like this. The red panels are acoustic panels placed around the room, and the squiggly surface is gonna be a curtain. There's an extension at the upper part of the room that used ...
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best material to absorb Sound

The Loft that I live in used to be a city hall building. The hallways and lofts have very high ceilings and have a horrible echo problems. I am considering hanging some type of sound absorption ...
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"Super W" neoprene pads for electronic drum decoupling platform?

I am looking to build a platform for my electronic drums to decouple vibrations (mostly from the kick) to the building structure. The 'tennis ball' platform is a recommended DIY solution often found ...
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Shockwaves: loudness or speed?

I got into figuring out decibels, and loudness measurements, and found the number 194dB as the boundary at which a sound starts distoring itself, namely creating vacuums which supposedly turn into ...
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Reducing Noise Levels in Dog Shelter Inexpensively

This isn't acoustic design for recording, but certainly related to a number of posts I have seen here. I'm looking to make a dog shelter quieter for their own well-being. It gets very loud around the ...
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Acoustics exercise

I have been asked to solve this exercise. An environment of $V=1500$ $m^3$, it is considered a reverberated field acoustic pressure level of $70$ $dB$ when an acoustic source of $80$ $dB$ is ...
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Directivity index measurement - steps to follow

I am interested in measuring the directivity index of a loudspeaker. I have been looking on the Internet information about the setup, but unfortunately the information I have found so far has to do ...
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Question about the Haas Effect

I'm reading an interesting article about incorporating the 'Haas Effect' during the mixing stage of a song but I can't understand the following extract: “The Haas trick adds to the standard panning ...
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How does "transcribe!" or guitar tuner work?

Suppose that we have a microphone-recorded note, say played on a guitar, and we want to write a computer program which will detect the note frequency. There are already plenty of such programs. How to ...
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Portable anechoic test chamber microphone suggestions

For my senior design project, we're creating an acoustical test chamber that will measure the frequency and the sound pressure of the electrical device that is put in the chamber. The chamber won't be ...
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Can I get a recommendation on how big and what type/brand of PA I need?

I am creating a performance space, mostly for music. Presently, it is a 4000sq. foot empty warehouse. We were thinking that the audience could be around 500. Someone said that we should get a ...
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Advice on calibrating complex stimuli that vary in amplitude and also decay over time

So I am finding it difficult to calibrate for a particular signal that changes in amplitude over time, and is randomly presented to a listener over a time span. I have attached a picture of the ...
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Do I really need to dump tons of sand into the stage i'm building?

I am building a 16x24x3 stage in a 4000 square foot warehouse, to be used principally to showcase music. A local audio guy has told me that I have to fill the wooden framed stage with sand. This ...
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Designing a diffuser to direct reflections to side walls

Floyd Toole in Sound Reproduction recommends using a diffuser on the ceiling that should scatter sounds from front loudspeakers that would normally be reflected to the head locations of listeners. He ...
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Front acoustic absorber placement with in-wall speakers [closed]

I'm building a home theater and plan to use an acoustically transparent screen with in-wall front speakers. Toole's Sound Reproduction book suggests three to four inches thick of acoustic absorber ...
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cancel out audio in a recording with convolution, phase inversion

If I am playing audio out of a speaker into a room, and there is a microphone in the room recording all the sounds in the room, can I cancel out the sound produced by the speaker in the recording? I ...
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Purely Mechanical Acoustic Frequency Converter

I'm an electrical guy, so I know how to make a frequency converter electrically. Or by using software through resampling, etc. My mechanical understanding of the world is much more lacking. What I'm ...
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Reduce bass through wall to neighbour

I like playing loud bass heavy music but I have some problems with a neighbour hearing much of the bass through the wall. I have painted a picture of the situation. The colors are indentified as: ...
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How to simulate crowd noise with acoustic instruments?

How would I simulate the cheering, applause, and whistles of a crowd using acoustic instruments (and possibly amplification)? Preferably it would be nice to limit it to needing 1–2 musicians to ...
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How does a cardboard paper towel roll amplify the sound?

My daughter and I did a project and made this: http://osxdaily.com/2014/07/28/diy-iphone-speakers-paper-towel-roll-plastic-cups/ We hypothesized that the sound was "amplified" because it directed ...
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What are the Ideal Dimensions for a Reasonably-Sized Studio?

What would be the ideal dimensions; acoustically and logically, to build a free-standing studio? Say you have a small mixing desk(~30''), two average-sized monitor speakers, a computer + screen (the ...
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What would be the best "egg-carton" acoustic treatment method?

We are working on treating one of our "studios" at school, which is used for video recordings. The reason behind this project is that it currently sounds like a bathroom. We have thus collected ...
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Are styrofoam skyline diffusers efficient as wood?

I'm making my own Skyline Diffusers using a pattern I got from the Internet, and the recommendations were to use a lighter type of wood, such as Pinus. The problem is it's still too heavy, once I'm ...
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what is the purpose of the internal volume of a speaker cabinet

I've been reading a bit about speaker design but I haven't been able to find what purpose the internal volume of a speaker cabinet serves. From what I've read, having an internal volume causes extra ...
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Simulating Resonant Bodies

Background I am working on synthesized patches using a combination of additive and subtractive methods to create a digital orchestra. The goal is not to recreate orchestral sounds, but rather to ...
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How can i prevent/reduce bass trapping?

I have to put my monitors in two corners. What can i do to prevent/reduce bass build up issues?
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Can noise be reduced by 7 decibels with a curtain?

I would like to reduce noise in my room and found a site selling curtains which can reduce noise by 7 decibels. Is this kind of reduction really possible with just a curtain? I wonder if this is not ...
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Room Frequency Hum

In my apartment I always had the same problem with D2 at ~146Hz. It feels like a deep hum. The distance between speakers and wall is about 2.38 meters, so f = v / L L = v / f ---> L = 343[m/s] / ...
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standing waves in strings

this is for my acoustics and sound lab and I am lost. please help! The length of the smallest string on a piano is about .15 m long and has a frequency of 4186 Hz. The lowest note on a piano has a ...
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What is the best shape for passive sound amplification

I'm asking this to make a passive sound amplifiyer. In the web they usually do a HORN shape that looks like exponential function mirrored about 'x' axes. But I wonder is there a better shape for ...
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