Cheap DIY Bass Traps
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Cheap DIY Bass Traps

Harrow! I thought I'd share some pictures of some bass traps I built recently, on the super cheap. No Winer or GIK in Australia.


My Uncle ripped out a fence in his backyard recently, so I skulked around for some free wood:

Edit: Ok bear with me here- photo trouble. That pic is finished and in the room obviously lol.
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A few palings- There are alot more where these came from...

I checked them for warping, rotting, nails, snails etc. and just took the best ones.

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Important tools (I'm wearing the mask at this point)

most important tools being coke and smokes obviously.

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I'm sorry I forgot to take photo's of the frame build. I measured the frame to fit the dimensions of the slab of rockwool I was using:

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That green stuff is also from my Uncle's backyard (lol). It is green shadecloth, it stretches a tiny bit but not much. It is some sort of synthetic weave. I used the staple gun and stretched it extremely tight across the face of the frame, so that it held the rockwool in place.
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The Rockwool came cut into slabs. I figured I could compress two slabs into each frame by using the recently developed Stomp Algorithm by SP laboratories:

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after that I covered the 2nd face with more shadecloth.
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I purchased 5 white bed sheets from Saint Vinnies (like a second hand clothes store) for 2 Australian Dollars. I ironed them and stretched them across the frame, fixing them in place with the staple gun. And thats what got me to picture one at the top there.
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Cost:

$2.20 for a tube of liquid nails (already had a caulking gun)

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$50 for the slab of rockwool (rated R2).

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$2 for the bedsheets.

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$54.20. For which price I made 4 of these traps.


Pro's- Cheap- looks decent- works.

Con's- Took time- Could be lighter if the frame was a different wood.


Thats it!

Any comments or questions I'll be happy to reply to if I can.
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Nice DIY. I plan on basically doing the same thing. Quick question though, are bass traps only needed in the corners? If not, whats a good way to judge where your bass traps are needed?

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Where did you get the rock wool from?
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Nice DIY. I plan on basically doing the same thing. Quick question though, are bass traps only needed in the corners? If not, whats a good way to judge where your bass traps are needed?

Matt
Heya, yeah corners are the first place to use them cause thats where they are most effective.

Ben, I got the rockwool from Bunnings, a giant hardware chain in NSW anyway. The one I was in keeps it off the shop floor though, so I had to enquire about it....

Me: Hi do you sell Rockwool?

Sales: Yeah.

3 second pause.

Me: what are the dimensions?

Sales: Don't know.

pause.

Me: How much is it.

Sales. Fifty.

extremely awkward pause...

Me: Could I see it please????

Sales: Yeah, alright.

F#cken useless sales guy goes and gets some rockwool for me. Seriously this guy was devolving even as we spoke.
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The Rockwool came cut into slabs. I figured I could compress two slabs into each frame by using the recently developed Stomp Algorithm by SP laboratories:

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That was an awesome picture.

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Sorry to bring up old threads. I was googling base traps, and stumbled upon this



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I figured I could compress two slabs into each frame by using the recently developed Stomp Algorithm by SP laboratories:

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I've been laughing non stop for a few minutes.

Ahh, the little things.
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I find it funny that just about every week there is a thread about how rigid fiberglass is unhealthy (totally untrue) but then see pictures like this.



Yea the cigs and coke will kill you way before fiberglass will.
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I find it funny that just about every week there is a thread about how rigid fiberglass is unhealthy (totally untrue) but then see pictures like this.



Yea the cigs and coke will kill you way before fiberglass will.
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Super Low tech. I've done that before. You can treat a large garage and a living room for a recording session for about $200 worth of material: Pine board frames with hard-board backers so they work as Gobo's too. Sturdy enough to move around for a while and look alright. The key is getting the fabric on sale... Get a little nicer weaves.


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