How to Get a Great Sounding Home Studio with Acoustic Treatment

by | Sep 27, 2023 | Studio Building

Important Tips About Home Studio Acoustic Treatment

When it comes to creating a professional sound environment at home, acoustic treatment is paramount. Whether you’re a budding musician, a seasoned producer, or simply an audiophile, understanding the intricacies of room acoustics can elevate your listening and recording experience. So to help you out, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you acoustically treat your room.


1. The Importance of Reflection Points:

Every room has primary reflection points. These are areas where sound waves from your speakers bounce off walls, ceilings, or floors and reach your ears. Identifying and treating these points can drastically improve sound clarity. A simple trick to locate these points is to use a mirror. Slide the mirror along the wall; the point where you can see the speaker is a reflection point.


2. Desk Reflections:

Surprisingly, one of the most overlooked sources of reflection is your desk. If you have a large desk, it can cause significant sound reflections. Consider adding treatment on the desk, tilting it about 10 degrees, or adding a tilted monitor riser. This will direct the reflections away from your ears, ensuring clearer sound.


3. Rear Wall Treatment:

Once you’ve addressed the primary reflection points, turn your attention to the rear wall. While not as crucial as the first reflection points, treating the rear wall can further enhance sound clarity. Absorptive panels are recommended, as they prevent strong reflections from bouncing back.


4. Front Wall Considerations:

The wall behind your speakers, or the front wall, doesn’t require as much treatment since speakers are directional. However, bass frequencies are omnidirectional, meaning they spread in all directions. Thus, placing bass traps in the front wall corners can be beneficial. 


5. Room Measurements and Adjustments:

Using tools like Room EQ Wizard can provide insights into your room’s acoustic profile. This software measures the room’s frequency response, allowing you to see areas that need attention. Post-treatment, you should notice a more controlled low-end and reduced reverb times, indicating a well-treated room.


6. The Final Touch – EQ Correction:

After setting up your room, consider using software like Sonarworks Reference. It measures your room and applies an EQ curve to counteract any peaks or troughs, fine-tuning your listening environment.



Acoustic treatment might seem daunting, but with the right guidance, it’s a manageable task. By understanding reflection points, treating your desk and walls, and using measurement tools, you can transform any room into a professional-sounding space. Remember, the goal is to create an environment where you can hear sound as it’s meant to be heard, free from room-induced alterations.


For those looking to take their studio to the next level, Apex Studio Builders in South Florida are experts in crafting acoustically sound spaces. Whether you’re starting from scratch or upgrading an existing space, we’ve got you covered.

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