Sound Absorbing Foam Panels For Audio Recording Rooms

In audio recording studios, it is important for the sound being recorded to be crisp, clear, and sharp. All external sounds coming from outside the room have to be completely eliminated so that they won’t be audible in the final recording. This is crucial if you are recording a song or dubbing the audio support for an animated movie clip. If external sounds make it to the final cut, it would be a big turnoff to the executives and producers.

Other than avoiding the hubbub of slamming doors, passing cars, and yelling people by means of sound proofing material, you also want to avoid echoes and shrill, ear-piercing sounds produced by fluctuating frequencies in the recording room. These create a fluttering and slapping echo which is just as bad as external noises.

If you normally do recordings in a room at home, you can install sound absorbing foam panels on the walls, floors, and ceiling. This will help you create a flawless recording without the echoing that is likely to occur in amateur recording studios.

 

Components of Sound Absorbing Panels

 

These panels are commonly made from polyurethane or melamine foam, batting made from cotton fiber and fiberglass. The panels are narrow and usually measures 300-500 millimeters across and nine to 38 millimeters thick. Of course, customers and builders can adjust the dimensions of these panels according to the needs of the recording room. They also come in different colors and styles to fit various interior decorating themes.

For the foam panels, they are usually attached on the panels in its originally smooth and flat form. Some manufacturers create them with a serrated, wave-like surface though, to better prevent the occurrence of sound echoing. These sound absorbing panels look pretty much like egg trays (which, incidentally, are actually another option for sound absorbing foam panels.

 

Other Alternatives

Besides foam, the most typical and easiest means of absorbing sound is to install drapes on the walls of the recording room. On the downside, they do not completely eliminate echoes; they also fail dismally at preventing outside noise from penetrating the room. If you want to have a very effective recording room with excellent sound absorption, go for the foam panels or use sound absorbing foam spray.

 

Installation

 

A word of caution though for people who plan to install sound absorbing foam panels in their rooms: these are commonly permanent fixtures that will cause damage on a room’s walls once you attempt to remove them. They are attached with permanent adhesives that are very durable.

Sound absorbing foam panels—along with sound proofing panels—are the best choice if you want to create the most perfect audio recordings.