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Blog article: How to install acoustic foam

Installing 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

    Generally, acoustic treatment of a room will require one or all of 3 types of acoustic foam:
  • Bass traps - these absorb low frequencies
  • Acoustic panels/tiles - these absorb mid range and high frequencies and are usually self-adhesive for convenience.
  • Acoustic foam sheeting - these also absorb mid range and high frequencies, but can cover a larger space, or be cut to fit a specific space (cut to size versions are also available, such as the type we sell here, these are also available with self adhesive backing. You may also want to get some general purpose heavy duty spray adhesive if needed.
Installing acoustic foam

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.

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