I cannot tell you how many want to be producers I have had the pleasure of encountering over the years as a producer. Most of their prize winning studios were covered with acoustical wall panels, but some were not. I was pretty familiar with the benefits of having your Melamine Foam room treated with acoustical wall panels, so it was nothing new to see it this in action again and again. I happened to have to record with a small studio out of New Jersey, and he was in desperate need of acoustical wall panels. But there was no telling him. He claimed that he knew the real deal when it came to the positive elements of having a timber cladding wall, but his ignorance was still abound.
A good timber cladding wall could run you some serious money, but nothing in comparison to Auralex foam or something similar. I tried to explain the importance of having a timber-cladding wall installed, but he was hard of hearing. I had to finally take matters into my own hands and call out my cousin who did external timber cladding.
He had a bunch of experience form years of doing external timber-cladding, so it seemed like the way to go.
Of course, external timber cladding was much easier to get done than what I was trying to accomplish. In the end, the less than average producer finally listened to my advice, and fixed his on going acoustic issues in the very shortest amount of time.