Turtle +1 - it's easier to put a carpet on hardwood than it is to put a reflective surface of a carpet. Too much carpeting and absorbent materials and you'll end up with a dead room which may be ok (not great) for recording but lousy for practicing in.
Wild Thing Bb
Wild Thing Flugel
My music studio is in the basement, which is poured concrete. It was just too live for me and I opted to put down the carpet tiles, although they were not real plush (more like berber).
I mention the carpet tiles for several reasons:
- easy to put in, move, remove, etc.
- can sometimes be found on clearance
- using some imagination (and foam panels), they can be used to build DIY acoustic wall panels
Yes, there are some carpet tiles with special interlocking pad clips that are very easy to lay and replace a single tile if an accident should occur or remove them all.
In one of the colleges I attended, I noted the high ceiling of the band room held suspended cones and cylinders of various shapes and the sound seemed enveloping and enjoyable. Not near as much in the individual practice rooms.
Now in a basement, I do expect you'd want to dampen the sound of HVAC ductwork and possibly distance yourself from motors on a furnace, sump pump, washing machines and dryers that are common to such areas.
Alas, I now presenty don't have the "luxuries" I once knew, but I make do and enjoy and have frequent access to two church sanctuaries that are a big improvement of what I have at home.
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