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  1. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    I don't know if this is a stupid question or not, but if you're building a basement jam room that you want to record in, should you use carpet or leave the cement floor exposed
  2. Scobby Bott

    Scobby Bott

    Jan 23, 2012
    Pottstown, PA
    Carpet will absorb sound whereas cement floor will bounce it all over the place
  3. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    But which is best for recording? Every studio I've ever been to had hard floors
  4. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    #1. real wood

    #2. carpet

    #3. laminate

    avoid tile or cement
  5. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    What's the rest of the room like?
    How do you get in and out?
    Is it dry?
    High ceiling?

    I have just built 2x4 laying flat across the floor, the screwed on plywood on top. 1/2" ply raised the floor 2". It is easier on the feet standing up for hours. I can skid stuff in and out and I don't care if it gets beat. AND - if you stood the 2x4" up on end, you can run wires underneath, outdoor extension cables. Don't hard wire them in unless you get an electrician.
  6. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    They also have floating floors, copious amounts of acoustic treatment, and "room within a room" construction.

    You don't have to have wall to wall carpet, but you'll probably want at least a couple of rugs.
  7. When I was in a highschool punk band, we converted a garage into a jam room using carpet and old matresses on the walls. It diffinately softened the acoustics. We had a blast.
  8. u can leave the cement floor if you have 'dispersers' on the ceiling,i.e. sound absorbing materials,so you don't get that nasty bouncing 30-50 milisecond delay(floor-ceiling-floor and so on),but people usually don't wanna bother with working on the ceiling, 'cause it's much easier to put some carpet on the floor,and few of the absorbing materials on the ceiling...
    -helps if you put panels around the drums,so the sound is more 'direct'(and absorber directly above the drum but only IF the drum itself is way too present in the mid/high area(snare,cymbals)
    -bass traps in corners(never go for square shaped rooms)
    -try to move the 'control table' around the room untill you find the sweet spot,then put some absorbers on the wall in front of it,and behind(though,it IS much better to 'coat' the whole damn room..i always went for 'room inside of a room'-where the hollow points between the cement wall and built wall are filled with sound and heat/water resistant materials-though this is a bit expencive,and takes time)
    -put the drums lil' bit higher off the ground (20-30 cm),this way the kick will be more present
    ....think that covers it....
    i've owned/worked in several studios,and this was always the fastest way to get to a good startin' point....bass traps and sound absorbers are the most crucial,if you want to get a normal sound for rehersal...

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