Chapter 7

Variable acoustics

Rooms with acoustically different zones. Rooms with directional acoustics. Changeable surfaces. Acoustic change by rotating panels. Considerations concerning different rooms sizes.

7.1 The geometry of change

A degree of acoustic variability in a recording studio is a useful asset. It allows areas of the recording spaces to be better suited to the ‘natural’ acoustics for which many instruments were made. The variability allows a studio to accommodate different types of recording, as opposed to just specialising in the recordings that suit the fixed acoustics. As discussed in Chapter 5, acoustic neutrality, although very useful in many circumstances, it not the answer when a more naturally ambient type of recording ...

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