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From a problematic basement to a powerful mastering room and mixing studio

“A studio that sounds better than any room I’ve ever worked in.”

Our client-briefing was to create a professional studio-acoustics in a problematic basement-room. The customer contacted us to have a basement room that was actually unfavorable for his requirements converted into an efficient production and mixing studio.

Bild mbakustik Projekt Studio Hanno Lohse bei der Arbeit 2

Hanno at work in his new studio

 

With mbakustik I had a professional partner at all levels (planning, implementation, cooperation) to actually realize my idea. Initially, I still planned the studio as a home studio, I assumed that I could only achieve a compromise as a maximum result in terms of room acoustics. Now I work exclusively in this studio because it sounds better than any room I’ve worked in before.

Hanno about his new mastering room & mixing studio

 

The room, in which a sauna should also be housed, offers good acoustic potential with 32m². However, with a very low room height (just over 2m), there were also major challenges in realizing this room acoustic potential in the best possible way. In addition, as in many old building cellars, moisture was an important issue for which we had to find a solution.

CAD drawing with TrapCore bass-trap left

CAD drawing with sauna left and TrapCore bass absorbers

During modal analysis developed concept – thanks to CAD software

 

Used mbakustik GmbH products to realize an acoustically advantageous monitoring geometry

As expected, the modal analysis in the empty room also revealed strong room resonances, but also offered the opportunity to position the sauna in such a way that an acoustically advantageous listening geometry became possible. The TrapCore bass absorbers on the rear wall and next to the sauna cabin were able to impressively dampen the very dominant modes, as documented by the waterfall diagrams before and after the conversion. Supplemented by A115 broadband absorbers, which were mounted on wooden slats with rear ventilation, the overall result is a natural and extremely linear listening situation.

Bild mbakustik Projekt Studio Hanno Lohse bei der Arbeit

Hanno at work in his new studio

 

In addition to the acoustic planning of a room, monitoring is of course crucial. That’s why it was important to me that the speakers could also cope with the compromised dimensions of my studio or even be able to compensate for them as far as possible. The Dutch&Dutch 8cs helped the already sound-optimized room to reach a mixing/mastering level studio over the last few meters.

Hanno about his new mastering room & mixing studio

 

All professional demands of a modern control room are met and inspire the proud owner

Thanks to the extensive internal filter options, we were able to optimally adapt the fantastic Dutch & Dutch 8C monitoring monitors to the room during fine-tuning. The final frequency response satisfies the professional demands placed on control rooms. In the bass range, the difference before and after installing the bass absorbers is impressively legible. The reverberation time is within the EBU specifications and, of course, most importantly for us as an acoustic design team who wanted to create professional studio acoustics in a problematic basement room: Hanno is enthusiastic about his new mastering and mixing studio.

Bild mbakustik Projekt Studio Hanno Lohse Wasserfalldiagramm vor dem Umbau zeigt deutliche Eigenmoden

waterfall diagram BEFORE room modification shows significant  “eigenmode”

  Bild mbakustik Projekt Studio Hanno Lohse Wasserfalldiagramm nach dem Umbau zeigt eindrucksvoll, dass bis auf die Grundmode alle Moden bedämpft sind

waterfall diagram AFTER room modification shows impressively, except  VERY LOW “grundmode”, all  modes are dampened

  Bild mbakustik Projekt Studio Hanno Lohse Wasserfalldiagramm nach dem Umbau zeigt eindrucksvoll, dass bis auf die Grundmode alle Moden bedämpft sind

A comparison of the (unsmoothed) frequency responses before and after the conversion shows impressively how well the resonances were dampened

  Bild mbakustik Projekt Studio Hanno Lohse Nachhallzeit entspricht der Empfehlung der EBU für professionelle Regieräume

The reverberation time corresponds to the EBU recommendation for professional control rooms

Bild mbakustik Projekt Studio Hanno Lohse Frequenzgang genügt professionellen Ansprüchen an einen modernen Regieraum

The frequency response satisfies the professional demands of a modern control room

 


 

About Hanno

 

Bild von Produzent und Songwriter Hanno

 

Hanno is a successful producer and songwriter in the electronics & pop sector and has worked with show greats such as Helene Fischer, ItaloBrothers and Paradigm.

further information

 

mbakustik GmbH products

Modalanalyse

Trapcore Bassfallen

Breitbandabsorber A115

 

Hanno

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