What’s the deal with all the acoustic foam that you see in people’s studios?! Well, it actually works. One of the most misunderstood features of a good studio recording sound is the lack of, or misuse of acoustic foam to dampen echos and reduce sound reflection.
Lots of people loved the studio tour and how I described all my podcasting rig, so this is a response to a bunch of requests to explain how I’ve chosen to build out the room to support such a great sound.
The even better thing about this is that I show you exactly which foam I use, how I get it onto the walls using a suprising technique, and I even have all the links below so you can check it out directly and even pick up your own inexpensive acoustic foam and mounting gear.
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Acoustic Foam Tiles
These are a little bit of magic! Not only are they inexpensive, but you can shape them into whatever design you want to make a nice look and sound for your studio setup.
Acoustic Foam Corners
One of the biggest issues is sound bouncing in and out of the corners of your room. Use these nifty corner designed foam sections to easily kill off that echo. I have a few and it does what I need for both look and sound.
3M Command Damage Free hangers
This is the secret sauce to my super cool studio setup. No-commitment mounting! If you want or need to move them around you’re free to do so with no damage! Don’t forget that these will get more sticky over time, so it’s not always mess-free when you remove them of they have been on a long time. It sure beats gluing everything up and having no way out.
Microphone Recording Isolation Box
Maybe you can’t put together a dedicate studio room, so this is a great option for a super tight sounding vocal recording setup.
TopTile Drop Ceiling Acoustic Foam Tiles
My studio has a drop ceiling. I used these nifty grey foam 2’x2′ tiles from Home Depot for the ceiling, and even used the spares I had leftover to cover my door windows and some wall sections. It makes a nice visual offset in the room from just the regular textured acoustic foam 12″x12″ tiles.
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