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DIY Acoustic Treatment: Introduction March 15, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Acoustics, Project Studio, Studio Setup , trackback

Arguably the most important element of making awesome recordings has nothing to do with tubes, transistors, or electrons moving through copper.

Your room’s acoustics are extremely important!  Even the most expensive signal chain in the world can be greatly hampered if not used in a great sounding room.  Project and home studios can benefit greatly from even a small investment in treatment (such as absorption for first reflections and parallel surfaces plus bass trapping)

To make your acoustic dollars stretch even further (and to have a bunch of fun!), you can build the treatments yourself.

So what tools do you need to make your own treatments?

A lot of the treatments are fairly similar in construction.  You can make absorptive panels, clouds, and bass traps out of basically the same materials: wooden frame, filled with Owens Corning 703, wrapped in fabric.  Therefore, the most important tools will be those used to construct the wooden frame.  I actually built some today; here are the tools I needed:

Everything you need to make your treatments

Obviously, you’ll also need wood and insulation, but I’ll get into those specifics for each project.

In an upcoming article,  I will show you how to build is an absorptive panel (which I am going to wrap in fabric and hang for absorption above my mix position).  Alternatively, you could mount this on a side wall to tame reflections.  Later on, I’ll show adaptation for corner bass traps, and then I’ll give a step-by-step of my current gobo building project. EDIT: I’m actually going to start with the gobo due to a delay in getting some materials. As a quick teaser – the wood for the small cloud (2’x4′) cost around 8$.

Any questions on tools or techniques?  Ask them in the comments here –

C

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1. kelly - May 20, 2013

hello, i’m very interested in this project! are there further links to see the process develop?

thank you!
k

2. Damon Sink - May 30, 2013

Hi Kelly,

Connor posted a bunch more about this on Gearslutz:

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/bass-traps-acoustic-panels-foam-etc/375094-my-diy-gobo.html

He also helped me make panels for my Dayton studio.

Cheers.

Damon


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