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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:16 pm 
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I'm going to build some broadband and bass traps for my mixing area. Some of them will serve the dual purpose of providing absorption and isolation during recording, particularly vocals and acoustic guitars.

I pulled plans off Ethan Winer's web site:

www.realtraps.com

and reviewed them with my craftsman neighbor. He thinks the project will be two weekends, though we have not locked down a start date.

Has anyone built any bass or broadband absorbers? Any other sound treatment?

Gary


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:01 pm 
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never built em...


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:08 pm 
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No real basstraps Gary, but I have piled large couch pillows in the corner and faced them with egg-carton upholstery foam...But then I'm more concerned about high freq bouncing around than transient bass.

The day will come, however, when I'll be asking you about those home made units...

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:39 pm 
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Any other sound treatment?

never tried this myself, but others swear by it - even incredulous doubters, before they tried it themselves...

if you have a carpeted floor and you're about to record an acoustic guitar, first place on the ground a sheet of something hard, i.e. audio-reflective about 4 or 5 feet square, and obviously rigid enough to support the weight of you and your chair. do everything else as you normally would. the improvement is supposedly 'significant' and it certainly can't hurt to give it a try.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:33 pm 
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Not sure what I built. I bought material, foam and 1x2's. Built 4 boxes, wrapped and inserted foam. I have 2 in a corner(one on each wall). I have a thinner one mounted on top of the two right on the corner. I have one of them mounted horizontal over the mixer area.

I'll have to take a photo when I ever get my studio pretty again.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:44 pm 
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RZ wrote:
Not sure what I built. I bought material, foam and 1x2's. Built 4 boxes, wrapped and inserted foam. I have 2 in a corner(one on each wall). I have a thinner one mounted on top of the two right on the corner. I have one of them mounted horizontal over the mixer area.

I'll have to take a photo when I ever get my studio pretty again.


If you didn't use something like OC 703 or some other form of rockwool you have not built a bass trap or broadband absorber.

Foam will only deal with highs. If your room is very "live" sounding and you are trying to deaden it/kill reflection, the foam will work. If you are trying to tighten up your room and soak up bass and low mids so you can hear the mix more accurately you need to use materials that absorb those frequencies.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:56 am 
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If you didn't use something like OC 703 or some other form of rockwool you have not built a bass trap or broadband absorber.


Well it sure looks pretty. :wink:

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The portable vocal booth seems to be a competitor with the Reflexion. At the same price , I would certainly like to try one.

The corner traps look good too but still pricey like all audio sound treatment.

Guess I'll just stick with RTA controlled monitor EQ for now.

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