Conclusion Best Material for Bass Traps Low-frequency sound bounces of hard flat surfaces and creates a ringing as it goes from surface to surface. To control the low-frequency noise, you need a densely packed material to absorb or trap the frequency. The thicker and denser the fiber, the less the air particles within it can move. To help control the reverb and ringing, fiberglass and mineral wool bass traps are both excellent sound insulation products.
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Why Are Bass Traps Important? Bass frequencies are the Achilles heel of most studios. They easily build up and can throw your whole room out of balance. Your recordings and mixes will end up sounding unbalanced and unprofessional. Low frequency buildup is the ultimate mix killer.
Acoustic panels are great for controlling higher sounds. But when it comes to lows, you really need bass traps.
But bass traps can cost a lot of money! You can tame your unruly room without going way over budget. First, download our Bass Trap Blueprints. It includes a full list of materials and tools. Pick whichever one you prefer. These stores can also cut your wood for you. This means sound will pass through the fabric instead of bouncing off it. Hold the fabric up to your mouth and breathe in. If you find it easy to breathe, the fabric should work. Check arts and crafts stores like Joann Fabrics and Craft Stores.
They have sales often, so you may save some money by going there. Safety This is the most important part of all. Your safety is way more important than having a room that sounds good.
Make sure to research your tools and materials before using them! Using Power Saws When using a saw, wear safety goggles. If your low end is out of control, your entire mix will crumble. Unfortunately, low frequency buildup is a super common issue in home studios. The best thing you can do is put bass traps in your room.
But premium bass traps cost a lot of money. Read the manual and watch a few video tutorials. Handling Fiberglass Wear safety goggles, gloves, closed-toe shoes, and long sleeves. Breathing in fiberglass may be damaging to your lungs. It can also make asthma flare up. So if you have asthma, you may want to ask a friend to handle the fiberglass for you.
Power Drills And finally, wear safety goggles while drilling. Low frequencies build up in the corners of your room.
How many you need depends on how many corners are in your room as well as your budget. Do you have a rectangular room with four corners? I recommend making however many you need to cover the full length of the wall on these corners.
Like this: As for height, you should be able to stack 3 bass traps on top of one another. Step 2: Find Your Dimensions First, figure out how deep you want your bass traps to be. You probably want at least 4 inches of insulation. As a general rule of thumb, shoot for somewhere between 4 and 18 inches of depth. Then, figure out how tall you want your bass traps to be. Once you know how big you want your bass traps to be, open up the dimension calculator.
This calculator is linked to in the blueprints I talked about earlier. Type in how big you want your bass traps to be. The calculator will tell you the dimensions for all your materials. When making your marks, use a speed square. Double-check that your measurements match the numbers from the calculator.
Then set up your sawing station. Grab your OSB and begin making your cuts. You want to end up with two triangular boards that have a perfect right angle.
If you make a bad cut, you may need to redo it. Again, double-check that your measurements match the numbers from the blueprint before cutting. Then add wood glue to both ends of a furring strip. Press one end into the 90 degree corner of the OSB. Hold it there for a few seconds so it can dry. Press your second OSB triangle against the other end of the furring strip.
Once again, you want the 90 degree angle of the OSB lined up with the furring strip. The glue will help hold it together, but now we need something sturdier to really keep it all in place. Reinforce the Frame with Screws Adding screws to the frame will make it much stronger. But first we need to make some pilot holes. Pilot holes are small holes that you add before the actual screw. They make it easier to put the screw in. Drill a pilot hole into the center of the furring strip, through the OSB.
Attaching the Edge Columns Flip the frame over. Add wood glue to both ends of another furring strip. Put the furring strip between the OSB triangles. Both ends of the furring strip should be completely touching the OSB triangles.
Once again, drill your pilot holes and screws into either end. Repeat the same process for the last column. Now your frame is complete! That way you can pull it tight. And make sure you iron the nice fabric. That fabric will be facing outward, where everyone can see it. Lay your cheap fabric over the frame and start stapling it on.
Add a staple every 6 inches or so. But first there are a few things you need to measure. Measure the rectangles between the columns. Then measure the triangle between those two rectangles. Measure those numbers out on the fiberglass and mark them with a permanent marker. Use a serrated knife to cut the fiberglass. Step 8: Place the Insulation in the Frame This is pretty self-explanatory. Just stack your blocks of insulation inside of the frame. Trim the edges of the fiberglass if you need to!
It should be centered so you have the same amount hanging over each side. Staple one side of the fabric to the frame.
You want it to look nice and uniform. Move around the frame, stapling the fabric to each side. If you think it could still be tighter, you can add another round of staples between your first ones. Grab a pair of scissors and cut the extra fabric hanging off the edges. Just cut about a half inch below the staples. Your bass trap is done! Now we just need to place it in the room.
So you want to make sure your bass traps cover them. Simple enough, right?
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