Mission Critical: Acoustic treatment in the recording studio control room!

Little Fish Audio studio control room sound treatment

When looking for a recording studio, I have seen prospective clients discern between studios on equipment lists alone. I am asked what DAW (digital audio workstation) we use, what type of outboard equipment we have available (microphone preamps, compressors, equalizers), which microphones we have to choose from, and for a plugin processor list. These are all important and valid questions. Aside from the actual talent and ability of the recording engineer, the tools that we use to get great sound are critical. Fortunately our recording studio has equipment and software in spades. Our parent company is an online retailer for studio equipment, and gets great manufacturer demo model deals that are not available to other studios. We can afford to have great equipment, even if we do not book our room. This is a HUGE benefit of using our studio. Big budget studio equipment at project/home studio pricing. However, this is not our most valuable attribute! Our room is acoustically sound, treated for accuracy, and yields a clear representation of what your music will sound like elsewhere!

Being able to offer an accurate soundscape in the control room is paramount. How is it possible to make mix decisions that translate to all listening systems? The answer is having an accurate listening environment that is treated properly! What is proper treatment, and how is it achieved? The answer quite simply is the use of the scientific method to achieve accuracy. We measure, the acoustic response of the listening position with measurement grade microphones (Earthworks) and address sonic anomalies with appropriate acoustic treatment. Symmetry in the listening position, treatment of first reflections, bass trapping management, and diffusion are just some of the techniques that we employ to ensure that what you hear is what you get. Please do visit the Fish Tank recording studios here in Miami, Fl to HEAR the difference!