So i'm just starting to treat my 'mixing' room - aka the spare room... and have purchased a pack of Unsulco Polycoustic insulation and some Auralex Mopads for the task.
I've seen people cover DIY rockwool treatments with various cloth materials to keep the fibres from floating around, and for the most part these are ok, but tend to look a bit too
DIY in some cases... And thats ok for basments and corners where the visitors never wander. But what if your mixing space is somwhere in your home thats near the main living area? Where people will see your stuff?
I know some wont care too much... and think nothing else matters but the sound. It's a very valid point.
But you guys need to meet my wife.
So after that little rant, here is what I'm thinking.
1. Box-frame the batts (std Batt size is 1160mm x 580mm x 90thick) using 90mm x 35mm framing timber.
2. Macenite backing.
3. Glue the batts inside the frame
4. cover the whole thing (frame and all, if you so choose) in some cool fabrics.
The idea being that thee things will actually look like painted canvas', or close enough not to look cheap and crappy (remember were attempting to 1. keep the wife happy, and 2. get her involved in the process...)
So assuming that the 'looks good' criteria has been addressed (yeah yeah yeah, I know it should be the LAST thing on the list), will this actually work?
Do the sides of the insulation need to be exposed to be effective? Will the wooden sides of teh box-frame impede the absorbtion propoerties of the Polycoustic Batts? What about fabric types for covering? Are there types that should NOT be used for acoustic reasons (excepting the obvious... like sheet metal!!)
I plan to make up 7 or 8 of these things and hang them off the walls in the mixing room. Should look killer. But will they be effective, as I've described?