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Old 29th August 2010, 08:34 PM   #1
triode4 is offline triode4  United States
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Default Auditorium sound in my basement

I am not sure where to ask this question,thought I would start here.Is it possible to get that huge auditorium sound in my basement without any effects processor? I ask this only because I think the best sound I ever heard of a normal recorded popular music was playing in an empty college auditorium. It was a listening experience I will never forget.
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Old 29th August 2010, 09:13 PM   #2
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With a big enough basement...
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Old 30th August 2010, 04:30 PM   #3
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...you have the auditorium. You just need the system.

The short answer is no. You need all the components to be similar to match the sound. Especially the environment
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Old 30th August 2010, 04:47 PM   #4
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without any effects processor
Without any effects processor, no.

With any currently available effects processor? Not as far as I know, but it depends on your ears, and how easily they are deceived.

With some putative effects processor or other equipment available at some time in the future? Why not? It's just pressure waves entering your ear...

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Old 30th August 2010, 04:58 PM   #5
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When you say "an empty college auditorium" I think big, reverberant, echoing sound. Is that what you liked?

If so, the short answer is NO. Your basement is too small. The reverb will be louder and shorter and mostly just annoying. You won't get that feeling of grand space the empty college auditorium had.

However - as Waki points out - you may be able to do it with effects processors. And that might float you boat. Back in the 80s I did a lot of shows were we used dozens of speakers all around the space, it was pretty cool. Back then Yamaha made the DSP-1 for home use, it generates 4 channels of ambiance. I still have one and like it.

So you might be able to get the sound you like with a modern version of the DSP-1 effects processor and a lot of speakers around the room. For the effects the speakers don't have to be the greatest, so it's not too expensive. You will probably want some room treatment in your basement. That's the long answer.
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