Are you a musician or a podcaster? Do you have a music studio in your home, basement, or garage? Then you know all about how to utilise bass traps. But what if you’re not a musician and aren’t sure what the best way is to use these acoustic baffles? In this blog post, we’ll be revealing the best advice that every person who uses DIY bass traps should know.
We’ll be keeping it simple and explaining the five most important things you should always remember to do, before, during, and after applying DIY acoustic baffles. These are the rules that every DIY musician should follow to make their bass traps work best for them.
1) Never place space baffles too close together.
If you look at the photo above, you’ll see that there’s a huge difference between how far apart the two pieces of acoustic foam are located. In fact, this is one of the biggest reasons why most customers get poor results with DIY bass traps.
You need to make sure that your acoustic baffles are at least a couple inches from each other when placed on the wall behind your drum kit or stereo cabinets. You can always place another piece of acoustic foam on top of these, to help improve your noise absorption ability.
2) Always use the right size baffles for your needs.
A lot of DIY bass trap builders commonly use double layers of acoustic foam to create the perfect bass trap labyrinth. While this is a good thing, it’s very important to make sure that you’re using the correct size acoustic baffles for your setup. If you try using coffee filters or toilet rolls as bass traps, you’ll be wasting time and money, instead of getting better results out of your DIY bass traps.
3) Create a custom support system.
If your DIY bass traps are more than a few feet away from the wall, you’ll need to create a custom support system. You can build or buy a simple wooden frame for this to sit on top of. This will help you provide proper support for your acoustic baffles.
4) Don’t aim for the lowest possible frequency range.
Using low frequency resistance mats is one of the biggest reasons that people don’t get good results with DIY bass traps. These are made from low-quality materials that don’t absorb sound well, so they actually work against you when trying to decrease unwanted noise levels in your room!
Instead, try using wooden panels or steel plates instead. Some people even use carpet to help absorb bass frequencies, but this only works in certain situations, so it’s best to be aware of all of your options before making a choice.
5) Always follow proper safety precautions.
When you’re DIY’ing the bass traps in your home studio, garage, or basement, you should ALWAYS wear all necessary safety gear. This means a dust mask and gloves while cutting out the pieces of acoustic foam. It also means that you should wear earplugs when cutting the foam with a saw.
You should also remember to wear earplugs every time you play your drums or listen to music, so that you can prevent further hearing damage. If you stick to these 5 safety tips, you’ll be much less likely to hurt yourself.
How much does it cost to build a bass trap?
This blog post shows you how much it costs to build a DIY bass trap in your own local area. Besides the cost of the materials, you’ll also need to consider the labor used to construct these acoustic baffles. Some DIY bass trap builders like to use hand tools like power saws, while others rely more on using drills, foam cutters, and power sanders.
Average Cost Including Materials: $80 – $100 dollars
The average cost of building your own DIY bass traps covers all the basic tools like power saws and drills. You can pay anywhere from $80 for an 8′ x 4′ DIY bass trap to $100 for a 10′ x 10′ DIY bass trap. Picking the right amount of acoustic foam required for your needs is another key factor that you’ll have to consider.
If you want to save time and money, then making smaller DIY acoustic baffles may be the best choice for you. On average, building DIY bass traps doesn’t cost all that much more than making brand new acoustic panels in your local hardware store.
These DIY acoustic baffles are relatively easy to construct, so you can use them as your home or garage bass trap. Or you can give them to another musician or sound engineer who needs better bass absorption than what they currently have.
How much do DIY bass traps cost?
While it’s impossible to give you an exact number for how much it costs to build your own DIY bass trap , I’ve collected the data from various sources that will help shed some light on this subject. You can see everything that goes into making these acoustic baffles in the image above.
What do professionals use?
Professional musicians and podcasters often use custom bass traps for their studio rooms. They use these acoustic baffles to help eliminate unwanted bass frequencies from their sound sources, so that they can focus on playing their instruments or recording podcasts without being distracted by the annoying thumps of unwanted bass music coming from the wall behind them.
Below is a list of five major brands that you can purchase DIY bass traps from, if you’re interested in making your own DIY bass traps at home.
DIY acoustic design…
When it comes to DIY acoustic design, there are a lot of companies out there who make high-quality products for acousticians and musicians alike. All the material measurements and assembly instructions are included in the product that you’ll be purchasing. You can always check out this link for more DIY acoustic design ideas.
What is a bass trap?
Bass traps reduce unwanted noise levels by absorbing sound waves and converting them into heat energy instead. These acoustic traps work by using heavy materials like concrete or sand as a base, which helps provide proper support for their foam or fiberglass counterparts. The V-shape of many bass trap designs also helps increase their performance by working against standing waves created inside the trap. There are different types of bass traps that you can choose from, depending on your needs.
What makes a good bass trap?
The sound absorption power of bass traps depends on the materials used for their construction. They’re usually made out of heavy materials like concrete, sand, or fiberglass. Some DIY resonators that are designed to reduce unwanted bass frequencies work by using foam or other light, porous materials that absorb sound waves very well. Foam is also easy to construct using DIY methods that almost anyone can do.
How is a bass trap different from a sound blanket?
Many people use both types of acoustic panels in their studio rooms to absorb unwanted low-frequency noise from the walls and ceiling. Bass traps are thicker, heavier, and built with more durable materials, which makes them ideal for absorbing high-frequency sound. Sound blankets are usually designed to work with low frequency sounds, which are the ones that are most commonly found in your home or studio environment.
Why use bass traps?
While you’ll find the answer to this question here on this blog post, there are actually many reasons why you should use bass traps in your home studio room. They can help reduce unwanted noise levels by absorbing unwanted frequencies from different sound sources like amplifiers, microphones, and drum machines. They’re also good for protecting sensitive electronic equipment like laptops and mixing boards from damage caused by high-energy bass frequencies.
CHEAP DIY BASS TRAPS IDEAS
Now that you know how to make your own DIY bass trap, you can use these tips on how to make them more cheaply. Here are some easy ideas that you can follow when making DIY acoustic panels for bass control.
Below is an image of a concrete block acoustic panel that I built in my home studio room for $50 dollars. I used 2″ x 6″ lumber to create an A-frame design with the acoustic foam panels inside. The entire process took me about 4 hours, so it’s fairly quick and easy to do if you have some basic carpentry skills. I then finished off the woodwork with some high-grade paint and fabric over the front of the panels.
Here are some DIY bass trap ideas that you can use for ventilation, sound dampening, and more.
DIY Bass Trap #1
This DIY bass trap idea is my favorite because it’s very inexpensive to build. A quick search on Google will reveal plenty of different websites where you can purchase the leftover materials at low cost. Plus, if you have a few old speakers laying around or some unused floor space, this is the easiest way for you to maximize your space with all the bass traps. This type of design also fits snugly inside standard corner boxes , which gives it extra support since there’s no ceiling or wall for this DIY bass trap to hang off of like in most other plans out there.
DIY Bass Trap #2
This DIY bass trap idea is another great option for those who want to make their own DIY acoustic panels for bass control at home. It’s very simple to build, and it uses the same materials that you’ll find in your local hardware store, like nails and wood screws. Plus, you can use any size of lumber that you want when building these DIY bass traps with the tools that you already have in your garage or workshop. Just make sure that the lumber is at least 2″ x 6″ in size and no longer than 4 feet in length, according to the dimensions of your own room.
DIY Bass Trap #3
If you already own a spare corner box, you can use this DIY bass trap idea to turn it into an attractive bass control unit for your studio room. All you have to do is place some acoustic panels inside the corner box, then apply some high-grade paint or fabric over the exterior of the box. You can also use some foam or fiberglass if you prefer, but I recommend using acoustic panels made out of wood for this particular DIY bass trap project.
DIY Bass Trap #4
Use this DIY bass trap design if you want to rebuild an old speaker by giving it new life as a homemade acoustic panel. You can even purchase a new speaker from a trusted, reputable retailer and take the old speaker apart if you’re not sure how to get started. All you have to do is sand off the old paint and cover it with a new coat of paint or fabric. Add some foam inside for extra sound absorption, then place it on your wall or ceiling for improved acoustics in your home studio room.
DIY Bass Trap #5
It’s easy to modify this DIY acoustic panel by cutting out one of the sides to fit standard corner boxes . Just make sure that you have enough space inside your corner box so that you can add foam or other absorbent materials before affixing any type of woodwork inside.
DIY Bass Trap #6
If you want to use acoustic panels for sound absorption at home, but you don’t have enough space on your ceiling or wall, you can consider building a DIY bass trap from long, thin pieces of wood. This works best if you’re using really long pieces of lumber for this project as opposed to just wood boards that are only a couple feet wide.
DIY Bass Trap #7
If you plan on placing these DIY bass traps inside your ceiling or wall, I recommend using some foam tiles . They’re easy to install and they come in a variety of sizes so that they can fit a variety of standard sized corners boxes .
DIY Bass Trap #8
This DIY acoustic panel design is easy to build and it’s ideal for those people who want to use reclaimed wood, old pieces of furniture, or other types of scrap wood they may have laying around the house.
DIY Bass Trap #9
If you can’t find enough scrap wood or leftover pieces of lumber to build your own acoustic panels , you can always purchase some at your local hardware store. Just make sure that you buy enough so that you can build all of the bass traps for your studio room. To avoid wasting money on unwanted materials, it’s best to ask an associate what kind of lumber they sell just in case there are any specific things that you need for this project.
What are some of your favorite DIY bass traps for studio room acoustics? Or maybe you have ideas of how to make them more cheaply? Either way, I hope that this article helped you to learn more about their construction and aesthetics. It’s important to note that it’s not possible at all for you to build any of these DIY bass traps if you don’t have any tools or experience in carpentry, but I know that there are plenty of beginner hobbyists out there who are willing to help each other out if they’re willing to share with others.