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Blog article: How to install acoustic foam
How to treat your home recording space/studio with acoustic foam
Following on from our post not long ago about the properties of acoustic foam, we decided to write a bit more about how to install acoustic foam:
Step 1 - clean and clear the space
If you have not done so already, remove any unwanted items and/or furniture from the room. Then, give the room a thorough cleaning, paying particular attention to the walls, removing any cobwebs, dust and dirt (if you have wallpaper obviously you'll need to be careful not to damage it).
Step 2 - evaluate the space
Clap loudly in each part of the room and take note of any reverberations that follow. If the room is empty, you will likely notice more reverberations and echoes, an empty room will require more significant treatment as furniture will absorb sounds, especially soft furnishings like sofas, cushions and curtains.
Step 3 - get your materials
Step 4 - install bass traps
Starting with the bass traps, install these first into the trihedral corners (i.e. where two walls meet the ceiling or floor). If more bass trapping is required, you can install more bass traps along the dihedral corners (i.e. where two walls meet, or where one wall meets the ceiling or floor).
Step 5 - treat your parallel walls
Apply acoustic panels, tiles or sheeting to the wall behind your recording equipment. If you do not wish to cover the whole wall, you can stagger panels around recording level for maximum effect. Treat the opposite wall in the same way. You may wish to stick them lightly with masking tape first then evaluate the sound again, in case you change your mind before permanently sticking the panels in place.
Step 6 - re-evaluate
Once your room has been treated, re-evaluate it in the same way you did before treating it to hear the difference. If there are still undesirable echoes, reverberations and other effects, you can apply more panels to problematic areas and/or more bass traps until you get the desired result.