Functions of Wall Acoustic Panels

The demand for soundproofing tools and techniques is continuously rising. The need of acoustic panels or sound panels is obvious too. This mechanism is getting popularity day by day through various applications in different industries. It is not limited to the music recording studios or cinemas now. The requirement of sound proofing at homes or workplaces created a big market for the wall acoustic panels. In this modern era, the manufacturers are focussing towards the fabrics sound panels as these are the first choice of every buyer.

Use of Fabrics Sound Panels:

The acoustic treatment is essential for the people who are living in a high noise level area. The use of fabrics on the surface of acoustics panels and traps became popular for its design characteristics. It really enhances the beauty of the interior which is a contemporary urge.

The manufacturers are now able to deliver custom shaped and various sized panels as per the need of the buyer. Personalisation in terms of the colour shades also counted as an advantage. Mean while, the design and colour schemes of the products does not affect its performance. The buyers have to check the functions of wall acoustic panels through analysing the technical specifications and cost of the product.

Applications – These items are being used through several settings effectively. The requirement remains different so the manufactures get miscellaneous orders. Both in residential and industrial means these products are being used worldwide. Ranging from home cinema rooms to conference halls, these are compulsory for noise control. It is placed in the office or workplaces where a calm environment counts productivity. And in the radio stations or recording studios, you can’t think excluding it. Generally, the auditorium, theaters, clubs, etc like entertainment venues feature this technique. Nowadays, this soundproofing technique became more dynamic through churches, restaurants, and in production units.

Types – Ceiling, floor, and wall acoustic panels are the three basic variants available in the market. All of them feature essential characteristics to assist in the soundproofing projects. Different size and shapes are also manufactured these days. It helps in meeting all kinds of requirements through more accurate coverage. Also these products classified through their thickness and capabilities. The right amount of thickness is required to absorb certain sound energies in the room.

Benefits – The fabrics sound panels are the first preference of all sorts of buyers compared to the timber panels. In terms of usefulness too, these acoustics elements considered as the best solutions. You have to consult an expert for getting the right amount of coverage requirements. If you have to cover 60-70% of the room surface then you must divide it separately for the number of panels for the walls, floor, and the ceiling. Now you have to smartly place the panels and check the sound absorption functions. You can now enjoy the pure music through reducing the sound echoes, reverberation, and enhancing the quality of sound.

While buying these products, you will find a range of solutions and manufacturers. You have to decide your budget, requirements and colour preferences first.

Well recorded electric guitar

Recording particular instruments requires different rules, no matter if we’re talking about professional studio or amateurish workshop. Each instrument demands individual method and good knowledge about elementary techniques of registration and having appropriate recording tools for the realization of the purpose. Today we’re going to discuss a recording of one of the most popular instruments in the world – electric guitar. It is fascinating not only because of richness of the sound but also thanks for the adaptability to every type of music – from metal, trough rock, funk, rap up to every type of electric music.

Beginning

  • As in registration every type of music, the most important and pivotal thing is musician’s talent. I don’t matter if we record ourselves, familiar music band or unknown artist – the first condition for good recording realization is what the player can create with an electric guitar. It can be boring but the fact is always true: the result of recording of weak musician with the best instrument will be always worse than the result of a really good player who has only usual, cheap equipment. The key is hidden in musician’s fingers and it will never change. The technological progress and development of studio recording techniques don’t have a real importance.
  • Secondly, the instrument has a significant influence on the quality of a record. No one needs to have explained that well done guitar without any problems, which is perfectly shaped and comfortable to play and which has satisfactory quality of electric components can give the highest quality of a sound.

It means that if someone doesn’t have Gibson, Fender or PRS should put away his instrument, sell everything and then spend all the money on the best guitar? It’s overstatement! There is enormous amount of great guitars which are much more cheaper, but you have to try some of them firstly to find the best instrument for you and for the type of music that you are interested in.

The sound of different models and types of guitars can greatly differ from each other. That’s why good matching for the type of music is as important as the quality of an instrument. Imagine death-metal musicians playing on white Falcons (from Gretsch) – two different worlds, at least it would be hilarious.

  • Every guitar player, who is working on his own playing style, knows that the well fitted guitar is only one half of his success. It should be paired with corresponding amplifier and speakers. The number of possibilities is so big that I wouldn’t even try to mention all of them. It’s the same thing in pairing a microphone with preamp or passive monitors with suitable amplifier. It takes long time to choose a good combination…

The recording conditions.

Now we can say that we meet three conditions – we’ve got a talented musician (or we’re talented musicians), our instrument is more than „quite good” and the sound of the amplifier can annoy all neighborhood – we can say that we’re prepared from the musician’s side.

The only thing left is to turn on our equipment, but before we have to check some things:

  • Make sure that the accommodation is suitable. No one wants to destroy elaborated sound because of noises, rubling, reflection, resonance, standing waves, echoes and other terrible, unpredictable obstacles. Every time good adaptation of accommodations is a very important step to get professional recordings. Of course, it doesn’t have a meaning during recording directly „trough the Line” (hiZ on the interface), but I’ll talk about it in the next article.
  • Use good quality cables. I’m not talking about products with crazy and irrational for typical user prices. The offer from Sommer Cables, Monstre Cables, Klotz should be enough, we just shouldn’t the cheapest “no-names” with meager plugs which will break down very fast – it’s not worth double investing…
  • Ask guitar player to try different picks during rehearsals (I’m not talking about stomps and effect, but about little plastic triangle held in fingers). I am very serious – the thickness of a pick can have an important influence on a character of the sound and then on mixing process. The differences between a thick pick and a thin pick is unbelievably large – you should to try to record the same part with both and you we’ll see the difference (it will be deeper when it will be recorded on “clear channel”.

Techniques of registration

Sometimes it is impossible to use all power of our amplifier – especially if you live in a high-rise. Then I suggest to displace the studio for the guitar recording time. It’s important because some amplifiers work best only on „11″.

It means that we need 100-Watt amplifier and 4×12 pack to get a resplendent sound? No! It is possible to get massive sound from very small, but nice sounding amplifiers – size isn’t the most important…

We assume that we have no restrictions caused by an accommodation and now we’re moving to the next step.

Which microphone will be the best?

Veeery long topic… There are some standard procedures, which can be similar, but we should be prepared for everything. The most common for electric guitar registration with an amplifier is dynamic Shure SM57 – indestructible, durable, and reliable. It is excellent for overdriven guitars but not only. Sennheiser MD 421, 441 or e906 are also often used. Lately, I’ve tried  Electrovoice RE-20 and I’ve been very positively surprised. I can add that it is used by Thom Yorke from Radiohead – the world of sound is really unpredictable.

Is a dynamic microphone indispensable?

Of course not! There is also the second type of microphones which are returning – Ribbon microphones. Royer Labs R-121, AEA R84 or Coles 4038 are legendary for recording, but even the cheaper – R-101, sE or very cheap Fat Cascade II can work well. Remember that they sound dark, murky, gloomy and that’s why we have to think about using it when we’ve got rough and harsh guitar sound.

What’s about condenser microphones?

They’re not so popular but it doesn’t mean that no one use them. The one who deserves a particular attention is AKG C414 – it’s not the cheapest one but it works well with big SPL and can imitate well the sound of equipment. I’m very curious about its new cheaper version C214 – I didn’t have an opportunity to try it but I would like to do it.

If we’re talking about recording guitars without any distortion, overdrive, fuzz, here we’re having some tools which can be really brilliant. Their ability of catching details can give us exactly what we need or even more!

Where a microphone should be?

Of course, it depends on sound which we are interested in! When we set the microphone, we should look at three things:

  1. Distance from the amplifier
  2. Distance from the center of a speaker
  3. Angle of the microphone

1. The closer to the amplifier we set the microphone, the more bass sound we’ll get. This is a prove for „proximity effect” which we can see in this situation. The distance helps in setting balance of the amount of bass in a recording.

2. The closer to the center of a speaker we set the microphone, the lighter and clearer will be the sound. The setup directly on the center may cause that sound will be exaggerated and devoid of perfect balance and weight – tiring after a while. The further from the center of speaker we’ll set the microphone, the heavier is sound, and it also loses its extremeness. At the edges of the speaker the sound will become more matt.

3. Setting the microphone an angle also change a character of the sound because the microphone reacts in different ways. If a response on the sound is „off-axis response” and it’s quite good, then we can change the angle ex. to the center of amplifier –  sound effects will be clearer, brighter and also without an excessive contour and with perfect weight.

Finding the best position of a microphone is quite time consuming and it requires some tries – it is something like later correction in mix. It is still much easier to find a satisfactory balance of a periodicity at source by setting the microphone, than trying to fix it later, in a EQ setup.

Stereo recording

If you work on good sound and microphone setup, the second microphone and stereo recording won’t be necessary. It would be better to record something twice with some changes, than using two microphones from the beginning. If you don’t get satisfactory results with one microphone, the second will probably harm the recording worse.

No one will forbid trying, but it’s important to remember about phases – omission this issue can causes unpredictable problems.

If you really want to registrate on two microphones, you should better set then separately – ex. One near the amplifier and the second further (if the accommodation is suitable). Signals will be different and they will allow to create interesting effects by balance manipulation.

Top 8 effective guitar playing tips

Do you know the benefits of learning guitar? Do you want to learn to play it? Are you looking for a reliable guitar tuition class? Do you want some tips to become a good guitarist? If the answers to these questions are positive, you are undoubtedly in the right place at the right time.

Guitar is one of the best instruments to play! It is real fun for everyone irrespective or gender or age. Everyone can take guitar tuition; be it a girl or boy, a teenager or elderly person. So, if you belong to the category of people who want to learn guitar, this article is going to be really interesting for you, as it gives you some of the most important tips for playing guitar.

There are a lot of benefits of taking guitar tuitions; you will spend some time in doing something creative, you will learn a new thing and it will help to keep up your mood. If you are planning to learn guitar, you should join some good tuition class or music school where the trained tutor teaches you. There are a lot of points that should be taken into the consideration while you are learning to play guitar, so let us take a look at some of the most important tips…

1. Behave: A professional guitarist has to spend a lot of time with other music artists backstage, so he must learn to communicate and behave well with people. Attitude matters the most when you become a celebrity. No one likes a rude star!

2. Feel: Feel the music while playing it; you will learn it properly only if you will enjoy playing it.

3. Listen: Record the music when you play your guitar and then listen to it. You are sure to pick up your own mistakes. So, learn from those mistakes and find out the ways to improve yourself.

4. Tuitions: Enrol in the best guitar tuition or school so as to get proper training from the learned and trained professionals.

5. Practice: Practice is really important here. You will forget what you have learnt in a few days if you do not practise. So, make sure you practise it every day.

6. Independent: Keep learning, practising and rehearsing till the time that you play so well that you do not have to rely on effects.

7. Company: Try to play with the ones who are better than you; this will make you learn something from them and you will get even more inspired.

8. Theory and practical: It is advisable to learn the theory as well as practical. You will not learn to play it until you know the basic theories. So, make sure you start with the basic things.

9. Slowly: it is OK to learn slow; no need to hurry up. Just keep going at your pace.

Now thatt you are aware of some of the most important guidelines to play guitar, it is advisable for you to remember and follow them in order to set your career as a successful guitarist. Good luck for future!