An Acoustical Analysis is the collection of actual data on the sonic qualities of your room.
The depth of information gathered goes far beyond what even an experienced acoustical consultant can determine by just walking in a room and looking around, or clapping their hands. This “Merlin The Magician” approach does not provide any significant actionable data, so you don’t get any real sense of the improvements needed.
This is why studio design has often been wizardry that sometimes worked, and sometimes failed utterly. All guesswork, really. On the other hand, working from good data is successful essentially every time.
Most important acoustical characteristics can be detected and measured, but are nearly impossible to hear as distinct from the room's overall sonic character.
One example is low level, low frequency rumble from HVAC air handlers and fans. You can’t hear it, but if you’re recording low level sound like soft instruments or Foley it can wreck the sonic quality of the recording.
Another example is room resonances (“modes”) and room decays that last longer than the decays of the rest of the sound. They’re nearly impossible to hear as separate acoustic components, but they do cause colorations in your room’s sonic character.
So you may not hear the problem, but you can certainly hear its effect! This is the origin of the all-too-common situation where a room sounds bad, but you just can't put your finger on why. An acoustical analysis will tell you exactly why.
With the Acoustical Analysis, your room structure is inspected.
We look for structural problems, and investigate your sonic complaints that may be structure-based. Many things can cause acoustical problems, like loose wall panels, open cable conduits, and more.
Next, specialized computer software plays a test signal into a very high quality speaker positioned carefully in your room. An instrumentation mic picks up the generated sound and your room’s affect on it, which is then recorded by the software. This is done in multiple critical listening positions.
You get a customized, unique Master Plan.
Back at our laboratory, the software generates multiple graphs from the collected data that show what is happening in the time and frequency domains, as well as graphs for reflections and reverberant fields.
We then carefully examine the graphs and write a report, which outlines what we found, and provides recommendations to remediate the problems. While this is not a formal room design with drawings, it is an upgrade path that guides you to obtaining great confidence in your sonic product, and a critical listening environment that sounds just great.
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