[LAU] DIY acoustic absorbers?

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Sun May 25 13:42:02 UTC 2014

On Sunday 25 May 2014 07:47:48 Gabriel Nordeborn did opine
And Gene did reply:
> Hi!
> I recently moved to a new flat, and I've just got my studio properly
> setup in one of the rooms. Problem is, the room is rather horrible
> acoustically. As this is the room I've got to play with, I'm going to
> have to make the best of it acoustically.
> So, my question is about DIY acoustic absorbers. I'm most likely
> looking to build absorbers both for mid/hi-end (I'm thinking the
> classical rock wool ones you place spaced out a bit form the walls)
> and for the lower end, but I am very much open for suggestions. Here's
> some specs of my setup:
> - The room is roughly 3.60m wide, 3.40m long and 2.50m high. I think at
> least one wall is concrete.
> - My mixing position/monitors is in the middle of the front wall. I sit
> about 1.20m out from the wall.
> - My monitors are small, a set of Adam A3X (so 3" elements I guess). It
> basically gives very low bass response, so I can hear fairly OK down to
> about 80hz, rapidly declining down to 60hz where there's nothing left.
> - I am not terribly dependent on mixing at high volumes, if that
> matters.
> What I currently have is:
> - Two large bookshelves along the wall right behind my mixing position
> acting as diffusors. These go almost all the way up to the ceiling, and
> has stuff unevenly stacked at different heights/positions in the
> bookshelf. They cover 1.60m in the middle of the back wall.
> - I also have a fairly large carpet on the floor in the middle of the
> room. It probably doesn't do that much, but maybe it does a little.
> My question then is; are there any effective ways of acoustically
> treating this room? Of course, given the topic of the e-mail, I'm very
> much willing to do my own DIY solutions, if that's a viable option.
> What I have been thinking is doing what I mention above; classical
> absorber "panels", and bass traps.
> But, before I start anything, I'd very much like input from people who
> actually know what they're talking about (I'm looking at you on this
> list ;) ). So, does anyone have thoughts/suggestions for me? Any
> recommended way of doing this?
> Thank you very much for any help and any replies!

Many years ago, we needed a sound booth at the tv station, so we put doors 
on both ends of a short 8' hallway between video production and the 
newsroom.  Then we covered everything but the floor & gear shelves with 
Sonotex.  It looks like egg cartons, but molded from a memory compounded 
acoustic foam. Fairly expensive for a wall covering, but gave us an 
instant acoustically dead room. And it lowered the background noise level 
in the room from the air conditioning etc, at least 20db.  It glues on to 
install, and would be hard to get rid of the glue when you leave, probably 
requiring new drywall to clean up right.  Landlords might not be the least 
bit impressed, so clear it with them first.

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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