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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Time to Play, not play around

The temperature hit the 80's here in Greenville, and over 20 people showed up at the Sunshine Shop on Saturday for the group ride. Today the heat continues. When I lived in upstate New York, cycling days were precious, particularly in the Spring. Old habits die hard, so any time the weather is good, I hit the road. I thought it would never happen, but some days I want rain.

In between rides I played around more with the AcoustiSoft program, found some mistakes with the way I was interpreting results, and made an important decision.

No matter how many traps and acoustic panels I used, there was an overwhelming 58-62 cycle resonance . I played a test signal in this frequency and I could feel the foil side of the traps vibrating! The vibration was very strong along the floor edges right where I had set up the recording booth. Two problems with this for playing and recording a 12-string are, one, the lowest string is tuned mighty close to this resonance for a couple of my twelve-strings. Two, the radon fan vibrates in this area, and I don't want to keep turning it off and then forgetting to turn it back on. So I abandoned the idea of having a booth near the wall and ran some tests in front of the listening position. As far as I can tell, everything looks better. Time to see if it sounds better.

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