Tips for using Acoustic Foam for Building a Recording Studio

If you’re looking to set up a recording studio, there are many factors to take into account, but none are quite so obviously significant as acoustics. Put simply, if you don’t get this aspect right, you will most likely find it difficult to achieve high audio recording quality. One of the most important steps to take in acoustic treatment and/or soundproofing your recording space is to use acoustic foam panels.

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Here are some tips for how you can use acoustic foam to help build the perfect recording studio:

Know What You Need Before You Start

As with any project, you need to do your research and planning beforehand, right down to knowing exactly what you’re going to be using the room for. This will help determine what you do with the acoustic foam.

Will it be a vocal room or a control room? Both may require different layouts, and will be dependent on what kind of acoustics you want to create. The basic layout of the room has to be taken into account as well; knowing how the sound is reflected around it and where the problem areas are located.

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Walk around the room, clapping as loudly as you can and listen to the echos and reverberations. Where you can hear a metallic ringing sound is where you’ll need to focus your acoustic treatment.

 

Placing Acoustic Foam – The Basics

As previously mentioned, much of this is dependent on the room itself, but there are some basics that you need to take care of. You need to make sure the area behind your studio monitors is covered with acoustic foam as well as open dihedral corners (where two surfaces meet) which should be covered with a curved foam panel to allow an air gap behind it.

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You’ll hopefully have an idea of how much of the walls you need to cover after doing the clapping test mentioned above (it can range from covering 20% up to 80% of the wall surface), so the next step will be to affix the panels to the walls either with an adhesive or with clips, depending on how permanent you want the studio to be and if you plan on removing the panels at some point.

Once the foam is placed, you need to test the acoustics to see if you have achieved what you’ve been aiming for. If not, trial and error is the best way to perfect the sound in your new studio. Happy recording!

 

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