Acoustic treatment really does work, but it is essential to evaluate the space or room in which you will be treating. Lots of folks when they start out by planing on setting up a recording studio or production-based homes studio they immediately think that they will need professional acoustic treatment even before evaluating, testing and diagnosing the space. In this article, we will cover some basic evaluation techniques that you can apply before going out and spending money on acoustic treatment.
Fist of all we recommend that you find a suitable room in your house or apartment, one that is the furthest apart from sound pollution like a street for example. So, when you have that figured out, follow the next steps provided. Walk around the space and clap your hands as loud as you can from every corner possible in the room and listen with attention to the reverberations that are produced with you clapping. If you hear carefully and you can perceive a ringing sound that could resemble a metallic sound this means in the first place that the room is small, giving you will need more absorption to find a dryer sound.
If clapping your hand around the space produce a reverberation that is pleasant to hear, this means that you are in a larger room, with high ceilings. Meaning that you will need less acoustic treatment, tho all rooms could benefit from little acoustic treatment. If you need some reference points to fine-tune your judgement, you could apply the same technique in other rooms of your house or apartment and take note in which of them sound better and why. Then after you start installing your first acoustic treatments in your designated studio room use the clapping test through the process and observe how sound changes.