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Poor Man’s Acoustic Treatment Part 2: Quieter PC

Technically this post isn't about acoustic treatment per se, but the ideas here serve the same purpose.  Most people working with (or even just listening to) sound today rely on computers to some extent, if not completely.  If you have audible noise coming out of your PC, it might be worth a little time, effort, and cash to minimize it, especially if you record in the same room.  A studio with a loud computer in it is always going to be a lousy place to monitor, mix, or record, no matter how much acoustic treatment the room has.

NOTE: The advice in this piece involves cracking open your computer and monkeying around.  This is a good way to break your computer and possibly lose data.  If you're not comfortable with this, please avoid doing anything described in this post! Proceed at your own risk.

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Poor Man’s Acoustic Treatment, part 1: Books

This post is the first of several, which will cover low and no-budget ways that you can improve your acoustics. This post is about using books to that end.  Shelves full of books make good acoustic diffusers, and unlike a lot of acoustic treatments, they tend to improve a room's decor, or at least not wreck it. Not only that, but guests will (correctly) assume you're very erudite based on your huge book collection.

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