How bass traps work for sound absorption

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If you’re familiar with acoustic foam, you probably know the basics of how it works. Sound waves cause echoes and reverberations when they bounce off hard surfaces that reflect them throughout a room. By installing acoustic foam panels, you can eliminate many of those echoes through the foam’s sound absorption qualities, including dissipating the energy from sound waves as heat. It might surprise you to know that there are also other types of acoustic foam that help absorb specific types of sound waves.

Bass traps or bass blockers are designed to absorb low-frequency sounds. This is important for smaller rooms because these spaces tend to have higher levels of bass. This imbalance is caused by room modes, which are the unique resonances caused by the arrangement of surfaces in a specific room. Since many recording studios are smaller sized rooms, it is crucial for them to correct this imbalance because it can interfere with the ability to hear and record subtleties in musical sound.

Standard acoustic foam panels are usually ill-suited to absorbing bass since they work better on mid to high-frequency sound waves. Bass blockers’ unique placement also makes them more effective at absorbing bass. Bass traps are usually placed in the corner of rooms because low-frequency pressure tends to build up in the corners of rooms since they are the place where two boundaries meet. Corner absorbers help you reduce this pressure build-up using minimal space for maximum efficiency.

Do you have a home recording studio with bass issues? The Foam Factory has a collection of acoustic foam products to help you restore the balance of sound waves in your room. They carry corner bass absorbers, along with other bass blockers that can be used in conjunction with each other for the best low-frequency sound absorption results. Also, remember that bass absorbers can’t do the job alone. Pair your bass traps with their standard acoustic foam panels so that your sound is as clean and as clear as possible. Contact them today for more information, including details for custom sizes.

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