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DIY room acoustic treatment for those who can't afford fancy absorber/basstraps ?
Old 21st June 2019
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DIY room acoustic treatment for those who can't afford fancy absorber/basstraps ?

Sup guys

I'm a bedroom music producer and making music is a hobby, but over time I realize how echoe-y and sound reflections just distort the accuracy of the sound I wanted to sculpt into.

Normally I don't mind if the room is not treated at all because I didn't care much for mixing/mastering. Now I kind of do since I really wanted to finish songs.

The issue is budget right now since quality basstrap/wall panels are out of my budget. BUT, looking across the internet it appears that heavy duty blankets might just do the trick. Not as well as the gears designed for that purpose, but it gets the job done while being broke lmao

Can anyone with experience confirm with this alternative blanket treatment? If there are other ways to do it, would you kindly suggest too?

Many thanks
Old 27th June 2019
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I would have thought blankets were more expensive that mineral wool / fibre-glass panels from a building supplies company?

Making my own panels it was the wooden frames that cost more in materials but if you're not worried about appearance you could just wrap them in fabric with no frame.

Where do you live and what is your budget?
Old 28th June 2019
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I'm in the US and perhaps my budget would not exceed $100 for acoustic treatment
Old 1st August 2019
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$100 is pretty restrictive. If that is a real constraint then I’d say try r38 pink fluff wrapped in cheap bed sheets. No frames, just hang from your walls with picture hangers or whatever. Try to fill some corners.
Old 1st August 2019
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No matter the budget, you have to get insulation into at least 4" thick panels. you are better off with one 4" panel than two 2" panels of the same size.

Just stuffing pink insulation into felt/used cloths then used burlap coffee bags is about as cheap as it gets. It's a step up to use rockwool and wood frames but if budget is that limiting.

Furnature and bookshelves can go a long way if used right. Open doors to other rooms also helps.
Old 1st August 2019
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If you're not familiar with Chess Records legend Malcolm Chisholm, he cut two of the recordings on the Voyager Golden Records and was a great teacher. Except for the fact that you can make half a dozen for the price of one, this is almost exactly what Real Traps are:
Old 2nd August 2019
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I love this. Not even my deep desire for pictures will keep me away.
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