How To Build Your Own Professional Acoustic Diffusors

Posted by Robb Krysl on Oct 7, 2015 9:57:00 AM

An accurate space is very important when dealing with professional audio. In previous posts I introduced you to some free acoustic measurement software and How to Build Your Own Professional Acoustic Absorbers to help you dial in your space. In this post I will be showing you how to build your own professional Acoustic Diffusors for a fraction of what it would cost to buy them pre-made! By using the software, absorbers and diffusors together you will be able to make your workspace a much more accurate listening or tracking space. That means you will spend less time dialing in a mix, you will be able to hear issues in any recording easier and you will save money by building your own treatment!


"Diffusion in simple terms is the scattering of sound energy. When sound bounces off hard flat surfaces, the energy remains very much intact yielding discrete echoes. These echoes will produce destructive effects like comb filtering, standing waves and flutter echoes which degrade speech intelligibility and music clarity. Installing sound diffusors can deal with this problem. Diffusors interrupt discrete echoes by scattering or diffusing sound energy over a wide area without removing it from the room.  This maintains sound clarity and improves speech intelligibility." -

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Topics: Acoustics, Diffusion

Working Class Audio: The Podcast You NEED to Subscribe to!

Posted by Robb Krysl on Oct 6, 2015 11:53:08 AM

There is a podcast out there for every topic, but how about for Audio Professionals? Working Class Audio has got you covered! Not only is it entertaining, but the insight into top professional's works is invaluable! With the slogan, "Navigating the World of Recording With a Working Class Perspective", you can be certain that every episode will be informative and educational!

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Topics: Careers

Creating Great Music - The Essential Guide to Releasing Your Music to the World

Posted by Rob Cross on Oct 1, 2015 12:30:00 PM
We’re going to start something new on the blog this week. Since it is such a big subject this blog post will be broken up into 12 Chapters released weekly over the next 12 weeks to cover the breadth of this topic. Successfully releasing an album is no small undertaking, and we’re going to give you all the resources you need. So let’s get started!
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Topics: Music, release

Mixing with a Real Time Analyzer (RTA)

Posted by Gautam on Sep 30, 2015 11:30:00 AM

RTA stands for Real Time Analyzer and is used to read the frequency response of anything including general room tone. It is used most frequently in acoustics applications and favored by live sound engineers to help EQ a huge stadium or even a medium show in a resort. By using an RTA while mixing you will be able to identify problem frequencies and see exactly what is going on with the tonal balance of your track!

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Topics: Mixing, sound engineering, live sound engineering, RTA, Audio Engineering

5 Must Have Accessories for Better Drum Recording Sessions

Posted by Robb Krysl on Sep 29, 2015 11:13:00 AM


While preparing for an upcoming session, I found myself running through a mental checklist. "I need to remember Gaff Tape, pick up a leather wallet, see what spare heads I have..." I realized in that instant just how important specific accessories really are to any drum performance. Without these key items, small issues can lead to a lot of lost time and money, which can add stress and ultimately, lose you clients! Not every drummer has been taught how to properly tune and maintain their drums. This means that as the Engineer or Producer, you need to be prepared with not only the knowledge and ability to mic up and capture a drumkit, but you must have the tools to get a good tone from the instrument as well.


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Topics: studio equipment, recording drums

Why Your Car Should be Your Most Trusted Studio Monitor Space

Posted by Rob Cross on Sep 24, 2015 12:30:00 PM

In the market for new studio monitors or headphones? Why not use your car? You love music. You love your car. You spend a lot of time in your car listening to music. You should also begin mixing and critical listening in your car to make sure your mixes are coming out just right. By using your car as your final reference you will be able to guarantee that your mix will translate and sound great in the real world.



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Topics: Mix

Audio Production Magazines to Keep You Informed and Learning

Posted by Robb Krysl on Sep 22, 2015 10:40:00 AM

The Audio Production and Music Industries are always changing and evolving. In order to keep up with and understand new technology, ideas, trends and tools, many Professionals and Amateurs alike will subscribe to periodicals that closely follow the industry. In this post we will be looking at some of these resources to help you decide which one(s) are right for you. By staying informed with new and well known audio production techniques you will be able to keep learning and improving your skills and workflow! Check out our previous post for more online resources

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Topics: Home Studios, Audio Engineering and Recording Tips, Growth

Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Music Production Skills

Posted by Gautam on Sep 17, 2015 9:33:32 AM

So you want to produce tracks that really make an impression? You've heard a song like "Four Walls" by Broods and you like the "intimate" feeling it has. You hear that the "airy" vocals (words that have a very breathy quality) were deliberately engineered to attain that feeling. But before being able to produce a similar result you need to understand what it means to have a solid skill set in Music Production and Audio Engineering. By spending time working on your Music Production skills you will produce better tracks and struggle less dialing in sounds. This means you will benefit from a more polished production value in less time.


Originally posted in 2012, this blog post has been updated with new information.

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Topics: Music Production, Audio Engineering

Audio Engineering and Music Production Just Got Faster!

Posted by Robb Krysl on Sep 15, 2015 10:18:39 AM


In the world of Audio Engineering and Music Production speed is almost as important as Sound Quality. Engineers often face fast turn around schedules and smaller budgets which might not allow for the detail work the Engineer might want to do so everything is just right. If you run out of time because the Client runs out of money (or patience) potentially, there goes your gig! So the big question is, "How can I speed up my workflows to maximize my time?" Well, have no fear! There are a couple new ways to speed up your workflow besides using Templates



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Topics: DAWs, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Software Tools, Speed

The Importance of Documentation in the Studio

Posted by Robb Krysl on Sep 3, 2015 3:36:32 PM

One aspect of working in the Studio that doesn't get mentioned much is Documentation. Documentation in the studio is paramount to having a successful session. In a previous blog I looked at Pre-Production Notes and their importance. In this post we will be looking at other types of documentation necessary to the Music Production process. By documenting what happens throughout your sessions you will be able to recall the same settings in the future, keep track of your microphone inventory and invoice your clients in a professional manner. 


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Topics: Audio Engineering and Recording Tips, Documentation

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