Acoustic Foam Placement for Sound Quality

One of the basic mistakes that one makes while trying to achieve a good sound recording location is looking for a way to make it soundproof. 

However soundproofing a room is far from enough in order to achieve great sound quality. The key to the problem resides in knowing the difference between soundproofing and sound absorption.

Improving sound doesn’t mean keeping it inside the room. Improving the sound is what really matters and that is directly related to sound absorption. (acoustic enhancement is the term used by professionals to define sound improvement with the help of sound absorption.) 

Acoustic panels or acoustic foam can be used as sound absorption materials. However, simply having these materials inside your designated room will not do the trick.

Acoustic Foam Placement for Sound Quality

How to Place Acoustic Foam Panels for Great Sound Quality

Acoustic foam placement has a major importance in achieving acoustic enhancement. If soundproofing foam placement is simple, placing acoustic foam in order to get a proper sound absorption may be tricky. 

The main idea is to decide which of the areas in the room need less foam and which of them need a lot of it. Deciding this is a matter of testing the duration of the echo in certain areas. 

You can create any sound (clapping is often used) and see which of the areas have a longer echo. The longer the echo the more foam you will need. 

Once you’ve decided that, installing the foam is easy. Just use a special adhesive created especially for this or, if you want to do some more testing, try using pins until you are satisfied with the result.

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This way you will be able to try very different foam arrangements without having to ruin the walls nor wasting tones of foam. 

Great sounding will come with patience and taking a step further to an even better recording room means learning about the different types of foam that you should use in certain areas of the future studio, such as the mixing desk or the recording area.

If you are unsure about acoustic panel placement, then the easiest way to soundproof a studio is to use a Studio in the Box. An example is below:

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