Room Ambience

In by phoenixgreen

During and before the 1920s

Recording engineers would set up in a variaty of rooms, each of which would produced a different accoustic quality. This was the start of reverbaration experiementation that would give a distinct room characteristic to a recording. The largest consideration for producing a natural room sound is the changes that happen to the characteristics depending on what is  placed in the room e.g. people, carpets, tiles, furniture etc. The choosing of a room and the positioning of the musicians and microphones are key to capturing the cleanest, purest sound and remain paramount to good recording techniques to this day.

Example:  Chess Records Session (Clip from the film ‘Cadillac Records’)


Using a mobile recording device, record a musician in a particular room that you like the sound of.

Record your musician in different ares of the room and discribe the sound that you have recorded

If you have the resources try adding and removing objects in the room to change the characteristics and describe the sound that you have recorded and how it differs that that of the original recording.

Things to be aware of:

The echo/reverb will change. The frequencies of the room will change. Noise will be added or removed.