Exotic wood interiors such as carbonized bamboo and sepili may provide an exciting new look for your home or business, but they can also affect sound quality. Before you decide to redo your sound recording studio in wood paneling or trim, stop and think about the acoustic characteristics of the material you’re considering. Every wood acts a little bit different. The change in sound quality could be detrimental to your music.
Many spaces with wood panels, floors or other elements suffer from poor acoustics. That’s because the wooden surfaces can produce a “hard” feeling, creating sound reflections where there shouldn’t be any. In other spaces, adding wood dampens sound. Each wood has its own properties, but you can generally expect dense woods like mahogany and Brazilian teak to reflect sound more than they absorb it. Woods that are lighter in weight, such as Caribbean walnut, are more likely to absorb sound.
However, you’ll have to pay attention if you want to keep your recording quality up. Take some time to think about how the room performs at the moment. Try playing music close to a few samples of your favorite wood to see how it changes the sound.
If you’re in love with the beautiful look of tropical woods, but feel like they could damage your room’s sound quality, one way to keep good interior acoustics is to use fabric or tile acoustic panels. They allow you to refinish your home or business studio in any wood you choose without worrying about significant sound changes. Other options include using drapes or ceiling tiles to absorb extra sound.
Anyone who’s hoping for a lucrative recording contract can’t afford to deal with poor recording quality. If you’re interested in redoing your home sound recording studio with exotic woods, consider the potential acoustic problems before you remodel. You don’t have to give up the beauty of high grade wood materials, but you might have to place them strategically.
The last thing you need is substandard sound quality on your next recording. Make sure that your remodel and your acoustic needs are in perfect harmony. Do a little research on the specific effects of your favorite wood. Then, choose the products and placement that’ll do the most for your room’s sound quality, without causing recording problems or sacrificing the look of the room. You might be surprised by how easy it can be.