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How Bass Traps Work & Why You Need it in Your Home

If you can design and build your own home recording studio, or even a mini cinema, you certainly know how vital acoustic is to these rooms. The poor sound in these areas can produce a worse acoustic effect; also, there is a chance that the music will be heard outside as well.

Sound insulation is a must if you want to get the most out of these rooms, but also to ‘protect’ the environment from the noise you produce. If you are considering dealing with music seriously, you need to address the noise isolation.

Acoustic panels will help catch most sounds, but for tones of lower frequencies, the better solution is bass traps. However, if you are a beginner with not enough resources to invest in furnishing, you might consider DIY insulation for your home recording studio. Learn more at this link.

Types of Bass Traps

Bass traps are the most commonly used sound absorbers for commercial purposes, given the high power of managing tones of a wide range of frequencies. It is useless to use them in the house because no one wants to live in a deaf room. To know how to arrange bass traps properly, you need to understand how the sound moves through the air.

These absorbers are made in two different types for various purposes. Depending on their internal structure and materials they are made of, bass traps can be porous or resonant. The former absorbs sound, while the latter repel it on its surface back into space, but much less potent.

Also, these two types of tone absorbers differ in the range of absorbing frequencies. Resonant absorbers have a narrow range of tones they absorb, as they are made from thick and hard materials like wood. Porous traps made of fiberglass or open cell foam can neutralize tones from the highest to the lowest frequencies.


How to Install Bass Absorbers

Whether you plan to make or buy bass traps, you should check some reliable online sources like https://soundproofpros.com/how-to-make-bass-traps/, to get some handy advice. Installation of these absorbers won’t take much time, but you should know some basics.

Movement of the sounds through the room depends primarily on its dimensions and the density of the air. Sound waves are transmitted the most quickly and the longest through the walls. In the corners of the room, these waves meet. From that ‘collision,’ an unbearable noise can occur.

That is why the corners are places where you should place absorbers to get the best insulation. These panels are designed to cut corners from the rooms, reducing the collision of different sound waves and their reflection. They are usually quite thick, so everything they absorb, they turn into heat.

However, not every tone can be tamed, but with the proper installation of sound absorbers, you will achieve the desired effect in your studio. You’ll make the best result by minimizing all the corners in the room. Place as many bass traps as you want, even on doors and ceiling. It’s desirable to manage low-end tones as much as you can, but you can never deaden the room completely.


Why Foam Bass Traps Are the Best Choice

As we already said, foam bass traps better absorb tones and reduce echo tones. They are easier to install and even cheaper than resistant bass traps. The sound quality produced after it is ‘filtered’ through these absorbers is quite high, but this only applies to mid- and high-frequency tones which are sound levels that affect our health.

For the low-end sounds, though, foam is not the best choice. Therefore, it is recommended to combine both resistant and porous absorbers to cover the broadest possible range of frequencies generated in your studio. This investment won’t cost you a fortune, and you can do most of the job all by yourself.

Bass sounds require special treatment since prolonged exposure to low frequencies can have a detrimental effect on hearing. If you plan to invest in a home recording studio, you should consider some modifications to meet the conditions for excellent acoustics in the room. Only in such circumstances, it is possible to produce good quality and to produce good music.


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Jennifer is the Owner of TWL and Co-Owner of a Influencer Facebook Group Influential Mamas.  Along with blogging + freelance writing and selling Zyia Activewear, she is a mom, army wife and full-time teacher. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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