Acoustic panels absorb sound waves so they do not echo around a room, keeping sound levels consistent throughout a space. You can purchase or make them yourself using fabric, wood and insulation materials available at home improvement stores or on your own at home.
Although all acoustic panels are designed to absorb sound, each performs differently and should be selected based on your space requirements. Be sure to choose an ideal type!
Auralex Studiofoam Wedgies
As any recording engineer knows, the sound of a room can have an enormous effect on how well recordings turn out. That’s why Sweetwater offers a comprehensive selection of Auralex’s acoustic treatment products: studio foam panels that make an immediate impactful difference to how your rooms sound – at an extremely competitive price point too. They’re also cost-effective solutions to combat early reflections or any acoustical anomalies in a room’s sound signature.
Auralex Wedgies are one-foot squares of 2″ Studiofoam designed for spot treating recording spaces, streaming setups, home listening rooms, iso booths and more. Their increased surface area maximizes sound exposure. When spread apart apart they also yield beneficial sound diffusion from their exposed edges. Wedgies can effectively address small flutter echo problem areas.
As with the other Studiofoam products, Wedgies are made from high-density open cell polyurethane foam – a lightweight material with excellent resilience that resists compression for long life and absorbs sound to reduce unwanted reverberation – perfect for treating any room in any environment! Furthermore, their lightweight construction makes them highly cost effective; just perfect for treating any environment!
Wedgies can work effectively at various incidence angles, but typically perform best when the incident angle falls between 15 degrees and 20 degrees. This enables them to effectively counter critical lower frequency frequencies where speed of sound declines and foam surface geometry plays a more vital role than surface area in performance.
Wedge height is also an important consideration. Given that Wedgies contain more wedges per square foot than Studiofoam wedges, each individual wedge stands lower – this means the incoming wave must travel further before its reflection back inside the wedge, improving absorption rates.
Overall, Wedgies outperform Studiofoam wedges at all angles due to their larger number and lower wedge height, especially at low frequency levels where soundwaves take time to reach the bottom of each wedge; their shorter height contributes greatly in shortening this journey time and thus improving performance.
Pro Studio Acoustic Panels
Acoustic foam panels are essential components of any home studio. By controlling soundwaves in your space and improving the quality of music creation, they help control sound waves in your studio space and can improve its output. Acoustic foam panels do this by absorbing high and mid frequencies which would otherwise bounce around, creating unwanted reverb or echo effects in the room. Acoustic foam panels can be found anywhere; however, they’re particularly helpful in rooms used to record instruments or play instruments.
They’re also great for controlling noise and blocking out outside sounds if you live in an apartment or share a house with others, particularly if the latter are distracting noisemakers. To maximize their effect, place them strategically around your room – on walls, ceilings or behind television screens for maximum effect; even hang some behind television sets to reduce equipment noise and improve home theater sound quality!
Pro Studio Acoustic Panels are an economical option for treating their room. Easy to set up and come in packs of 48 panels, you can cover an entire room easily. Each foam tile measures 12 inches square by two inches thick; additionally they’re fire-resistant! While not as effective as bass traps in terms of standing waves reduction or other issues that might prevent recordings sounding perfect.
Mybecca Acoustic Panel Set provides another great acoustic foam panel option. This kit contains 48 panels measuring 12 inches square by two inches thick that cover an expansive space in any recording studio or home office, eliminating standing waves, other forms of reverberation, background noises, as well as handling “flutter echoes”, where sound waves strike parallel surfaces at different speeds, to provide optimal acoustics.
These panels make an excellent addition to home studios as they’re both cost-effective and straightforward to set up. In addition, their fireproof construction makes them the ideal solution. Their NRC rating of 0.65 makes them suitable for most types of audio recording; plus they’re made right here in America! Plus there’s plenty of color choices!
Owens Corning 703
Homeowners and recording enthusiasts alike can build their own acoustic sound panels quickly with the Owens Corning 703 rigid fiberglass insulation board, available in various thicknesses and finished off with any popular acoustic fabric. This product makes an excellent solution for building vocal booths, mechanical rooms, music studios, recording areas as well as hanging them to reduce unwanted echo effects from walls and ceilings.
Insulation board with low thermal resistance makes an excellent material for creating acoustic panels, such as home theater and music studio panels. As it is relatively cheap while offering good acoustical performance, this insulation material is suitable for home theaters and music studios alike. These acoustic panels can then be fastened securely to walls or ceilings using adhesives or impaling hooks; or between hat channels, furring strips, or Z-shaped furring – just ensure all fasteners are placed three inches away from edges for best results!
Rigid fiberglass insulation boards are one of the most commonly used materials to construct acoustic foam panels and bass traps, as they’re easy to work with, cost-effective, and provide effective noise control. Available in thicknesses between 1 inch to 8 inches, these materials can effectively manage both high frequencies as well as low frequencies – making them the ideal solution for recording studios or soundproofing projects alike.
Acoustic panels are lightweight, making mounting them quickly and easily with hooks purchased at any hardware store a simple process. D-ring mounting systems help prevent panels from hitting drywall or plaster while spreading their load down the wall; in addition, their hooks sit flush against it for minimal lighting glare.
The OC703DR is the first retail product to utilize OC 703’s highly effective 3# density substrate, long known for its powerful broadband absorber properties. While other products only work at higher frequencies, the OC703DR can eliminate standing waves between parallel walls while decreasing reverb time to create an optimal listening environment.
Acoustic Foam Panels
Acoustic foam panels take much of the guesswork out of home sound treatment. Their special design just needs to be mounted onto your wall for them to do their magic!
Though they don’t kill standing waves as effectively as bass traps do, foam panels are ideal for eliminating echo and reverb, which makes them great for use in both drum rooms and living rooms. Furthermore, their pre-affixed tape makes hanging one simple.
These panels come in an assortment of colors. Black and white are popular choices; you may also come across red, green, or blue foam panels to enhance their aesthetic value and help make sure it blends in seamlessly with any room decor.
TroyStudio Acoustic Foam Panels are an excellent way for drummers to soundproof any space that requires serious sound-dampening, as well as being cost-effective enough for use anywhere else in a space. As these foam panels don’t provide full wall coverage, be sure to purchase multiple packages if your room requires full coverage.
Bubos Acoustic Panels offer an economical alternative to more costly treatments with their artful wall art design, designed to blend in seamlessly with any room and reduce visual impacts associated with sound-dampening treatments. While not designed for full wall coverage, they work well in smaller spaces. Their NRC rating of 0.9 can absorb most noise generated within your environment.
These ATS Acoustic Foam Panels are another cost-effective solution to make a room quieter without breaking the bank. Available in one-inch, two-inch and three-inch thickness options to meet various applications – these acoustic foam panels offer solid noise reduction – with thinner options suitable for high frequency absorption while thicker versions absorb low end frequencies more effectively. They’re available in several color choices as well and installation using spray adhesive or permanent glue can make installation a snap!