July 1 2016
The room I describe in the article below was designed to be a professional studio quality room for electric guitar amps. Before that, it had been made to be very dry sounding, because it was my control room when I had a “rock” studio. Once my living room electronic studio was established, and the room was empty, I put my Marshall stack in there. I would listen to Ziggy Stardust or Black Sabbath and was frustrated that my guitar sounds weren’t as good as those. This room was constructed, and that problem was solved. Putting a stereo set of speakers in there and sending sounds from my computer into the room was an afterthought. By the time the room was finished, I had it in mind to use it for this secondary purpose, and I clapped in there for the first time and was disappointed. It sounded almost dead, with no real bounce to speak of. But when I sent very loud sounds into it and placed microphones in specific positions I became very excited. I’ve been able to make that room sound like reverb by being creative. It’s not a reverb chamber. It’s also not a very large or high-ceilinged room, but I’ve managed to make it sound like one by being resourceful. This is kind of like getting a synthesizer or drum machine to do things the manufacturers didn’t know could be done with them; the old “When Leo Fender invented the Stratocaster, he had no idea it would ever make the sounds Hendrix made with it” type thing, but to a lesser degree. My omission of the intended purpose of the room in the following written piece was an oversight, so I thought I’d mention it.