For anyone who followed the Practice Heaven thread, you may have read that my practice and recording space is lively, bright, boomy and reverby, depending on what direction you're facing. It's terrible for recording (bass builds and gets boomy, weird reverb, mixes get muddy) and excessively bright for practicing, which means volume is not so easy on the ears.
So, I made an acoustical change, mostly for the recording. Bass traps from Auralex. I had gotten a free analysis of the room from Auralex (through Sweetwater) and it included these bass traps (8) and actoustical foam in 2 foot by 2 foot squares (12) and diffusers that make the room sound like big space. Since it's all expensive, I started with the bass traps.
Amazing difference. It's like night and day. What it does for the sound of my Olds Recording is just hard to believe. I loved the sound of this trumpet in my old practice room and on campus at the University where I was taking lessons. But, in the new space, it lost some of this great sound. Now it's back, and sounds better than ever. Simply put, the bass traps made the Recording sound less broad, more focused with a solid core. It not only sounds better by a lot, it's easier to play (probably because suddenly I can hear so clearly).
For anyone with a BRIGHT practice space, or a bad recording space, these bass traps are amazing.