Soundproofing Foam – Materials Needed For Home Recording Studio
Today I will be discussing on how to retrieve the best sound for your acoustical space through sound absorption materials. Applying these tips will allow you to be able to receive the maximum clarity for your home recording studio.
First you must understand what STC is and how sound travels through materials. This will help with the decision on what materials are needed to get the best sound absorption. It will also control various frequencies for a clean recording. There are many absorption materials that you can buy to make this happen. The best materials that can be bought for an acoustical area are buying materials that have a NRC that is equal to or greater than 1. NTC stands for Noise Reduction Coefficient. This rates the materials ability to absorb sound. Absorption materials equal to or better than one receive the best results.
Often time it is not necessary to have materials that equal a 1 on the NTR scale. Your acoustical area may only require material that has a 50 percent STC. STC stands for Sound Transition Class. Sound absorption foam will control high frequencies and keep various sound reflections bouncing off the wall back into the microphone, creating what is known reverb or often thought of as echoes. When building a home studio it is important to receive the proper STC’s to get contain a controlled ambience of the area.
When putting together a live sound room it may be useful to use the Audimute sheets to keep sound tight in the room. These sheets come in multiple colors to match exactly what you are trying to do. Other elements that will benefit your acoustical space are materials that are often referred to as acoustic foam. This type of foam come in various shapes and sizes from the pyramids, squares, and platforms that are used treat the bass elements, keeping a room from vibrating and disrupting recordings. Absorptions foam is good for generating a clean listening for control rooms and live sound areas.
These techniques are also good for the vocal booths. Reflective devices can be used around microphones to receive that clean sound desired from their recording studio. This doesn’t take the place of sound blocking. It just greatly helps in recording clarity. There are also many other treatments you can use if you are installing acoustics in your interior of your studio. It is important to know that when putting together different acoustical treatment the materials must have an air tight seal around them. This way the sound can properly be absorbed in the acoustical foam. There are many glues and sprays used to stick soundproofing foam up into the walls that will help in this process.