Originally Posted by scifunk
Forgive my purely amateur two penneth here, but we're talking nearfields here. While I can appreciate the need to control the sound in a proper control room, with wall-mounted monitors well away from the listening position, with near fields 2-3ft away, doesn't the sound reach you before any real reflections or nodes? Aren't the reflections and nodes drowned out? Also, I don't sit in the corner of my room where the bass collects so why do I need bass traps?
Please feel free to shoot me down
You will still have peaks and nulls ( as well as early reflections) with nearfields (depending on how large the room is). The room response graph I first posted in this post shows just that, I ran the sine sweep testing nearfields (did you check out the graph I posted?). I took the measurements at the "sweet spot" by the way not in the corner. You need bass traps and broadband absorbers to help even out your room response. If you have a 30db null at your sweet spot anywhere from baas range your going to have a tough job getting your bass levels to translate outside of your studio. Do your mixes sound great in your studio and them whenever you listen to that mix outside of your studio the bass (or anywhere else)sounds too overpowering or too thin? That is due to standing waves.
Also early reflections with make things sounds different also..."When the path length difference is greater than 22 feet then the two sounds arrive at 20 milliseconds or more apart in time. When two sounds are at least this far apart in time [20 ms], then the brain interprets them clearly as two distinct sounds."- http://www.readyacoustics.com/early-...html?chapter=0