Many young people are into sound mixing these days. The younger crowd has always been avid followers of pop culture, which includes modern songs. Occasionally there are those who love classical, musical, and retro music. It’s because of this eclectic mix of tastes in music that musically-inclined people are able to come up with really good song mixes.
In order to create incredible mixes, a mixer needs to have a very good sound mixing software and equipment. It is now possible to create mixes on the computer with the help of several peripherals and accessories for audio editing like high-definition speakers, sub-woofer, DJ headphones, sound cards, and microphones. It is also very advantageous to at least have a private room where he can do live recordings, sound mixings, produce echoes for added sound effects and be able to play sample cuts as loud as he likes without disturbing others.
Naturally, this room needs to be properly padded and equipped with acoustic panels in order to replicate the efficiency of a sound studio.
However, teens cannot afford to pay for proper room acoustic treatment—especially if they already cajoled for their parents to buy them a computer and really good recording peripherals. If they do get to have a room exclusively for their sound mixing, they can use cheap sound foam or alternatives instead.
There are many kinds of acoustic panels used for improving and enhancing the acoustics of a sound room. They tend to be quite expensive too considering they are usually sold by square feet and even a small room will require quite a lot of panels in order to be fully padded. Since it would be impractical for amateur sound mixers and those who only do it as a hobby to spend a fortune on a sound room, it would be better to simply utilize common materials at home to function as cheap sound foam.
Examples of Alternative Sound Foam for Home Sound Studios
Old mattress foams are very economical alternatives to genuine acoustic panels. They work pretty well in absorbing sound and reducing echoes. In fact, all sorts of soft materials can absorb sound waves (although in varying degrees, of course). Plus, acoustic panels are basically foam as well, so why not literally use cheap sound foam panels that are readily available at home?
Old carpets can also work, especially on the floor and ceiling. This would help in keeping the sound muffled to a minimum—which would undoubtedly be an issue for most moms and dads and other housemates. Sound mixing can be quite noisy, especially when you create some of the sound effects and musical tones yourself.
Egg trays are also pretty standard in makeshift sound studios. They are great in diffusing sound waves and preventing echoes from becoming audible. They don’t do much as sound absorbers though and are best used along with mattress foams.
Of course, it is also possible to come across a company that sells relatively cheap sound foam panels. The result may not be as refined as a professional sound studio, but that would already be a good start for amateur sound mixers.