Acoustic design in a musical space is easily the most universally fucked up thing of all things. Every studio I visit, and every producer I talk to pretty much has no idea what the fuck they are doing with acoustics, and most of those who think they know are actually wrong too.
So here is Breed to try to at LEAST get you do some things right on your musical journey to the kingdom of debt. You probably won't read it because there is no TLDR for such a topic, but you SHOULD. Also you could and should ask questions here if you have them! I'll try to curse a lot so maybe I can keep your attention.
First, lets talk about the biggest problem in home studios: You don't have ANY acoustic material up do you?
But you probably have a set of monitors or nice headphones, and an audio interface. Well the interface and headphones serve a good purpose, but even the most expensive ass monitors and microphones will sound like complete SHIT in a non treated room, so before you think about getting better speakers, microphones, software, cables, stands, instruments, whatever.....think about your space, because its FUCKING IMPORTANT.
Second problem: Well what the fuck do I buy/make and where do I put it? Not to mention, where should I put all my production shit? This is where people generally lose attention so bare with me, if you've gotten this far you can read the rest you lazy ass.
First mistake in getting a room treated is the placement of your desk/speakers. In an ideal situation they should be in the exact center of the room, but nobody does that cuz they probably want other things in that room (maybe a bed? a chair? instruments? whatever), so the best you can do is to put it in the center of at least one wall. Don't put that shit in a corner, and Don't put it up against a window.
Second mistake I see is having your monitors facing straight forward. Yeah it fucking looks cool whatever, but you are fucking with your stereo imaging. Putting them at different heights or in enclosed shelves is even fucking more stupid but I see it ALL THE TIME. Cut those shelves off your desk if you have to (does music even matter to you?) The speakers should be in a perfect goddamn equilateral triangle with your ears being the third point and the tweeters looking directly at your eyes, staring into your fucking soul.
Third mistake I see with this topic is buying a bunch of useless stupid shit. DONT YOU EVEN THINK FOR A SECOND THAT YOU NEED TO COVER EVERY VISIBLE FUCKING PIECE OF WALL WITH LITTLE THIN ABSORBERS. This is THE BIGGEST fuck up that damn near everyone makes (even I made this mistake to a degree). For one, you just turned the room into a dead piece of shit, but two you didnt even tame the frequencies that matter. In smaller rooms, the number one most important type of acoustic material you can put up is and always will be a BASS TRAP. The lower the frequency and smaller the room, the more this becomes a problem. I bet you don't even realize that you can't hear shit below 150hz.....rather you cant hear it accurately at all....its just a blob of shit that has volume and sounds cool. Bass traps will absorb all the huge amount of coupling that occurs in the bass, and GUESS WHAT? Bass traps dont JUST absorb bass, they usually absorb frequencies all the way up the spectrum too.
So Breed, what do I need to do?
First, get your desk and speakers aligned as best you can in your room. Yes it may mean making your bed press up against some drawers awkwardly or something, but this shit matters. Second, get those speakers off the desk. It only cost like 40-80bucks to get a pair of iso pads such as the Auralex Mopads or Primacoustic equivalents, and to be honest, a thick little sheet of fiberglass wrapped in cloth will do the trick just as well.
Second, don't buy some gigantic kit that comes with 100 fucking little absorbers that only soak up mid and high frequencies. Yes those are useful in moderation for taming first reflections (which youll have to study for your fucking self), but you're probably better off getting one or two bass traps and putting them in the corners that speakers are facing (at the height of the speaker! Not just on the ground or the ceiling or whatever).
Third, if you have any money or constructive effort left, THEN, and ONLY THEN should you look at things like those little absorbers. And when you do get that, don't just make some cool design with them like a tard. Put small amounts of them at every major reflection point.
When you're done with that. Correct your damn room with software. REQ is free for christ sakes. Find out how your room sucks, and build an EQ to toss on a master buss and fix that shit until you are ready to export, then take it off.
There is my two cents. Learn from it.
Now....any questions, comments, or concerns?