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Other Acoustic Products Worth Considering...


 



We think that this microphone screen (absorber and diffuser) is an essential for any studio since you never really want sound to travel beyond the microphone, whether it is a voice or instrument you are recording. It also stops a lot of sound coming to the microphone area from behind the mic.


This screen absorbs sound to stop it reflecting and is suitably rounded so that it catches most of the sound wave emitted, in most case. The screen is usually used rounds but the segments are adjustable so you can create your own desired shape with it which is really useful for instrument recording.


It's very convenient to use as it screws on to the top of a standard microphone stand whether short or tall for instrument or voice respectively. It's usually around €60 which seems to be a bargain considering its build quality which you really can't complain about.


Product Features:

  • Reduces the transmission of unwanted room effects such as reflections, background noise and echoes via the microphone

  • Portable and equally suitable for studio, live applications, vocal and instrument acceptance

  • The 5 segments of the screen can be opened and closed in different positions and can therefore be easily adapted to the shooting situation

  • Can be mounted on any standard microphone stand or placed directly on a table top without a tripod

  • Width: 16 - 80 cm (each segment is 16 cm wide)

  • Height: 32 cm

  • Weight: Approximately 2.70 kg

 

These curtains are often used in restaurants and hotels top stop sound travelling beyond a certain point but they are really classed as acoustic curtains and have a good use in a studio.


Triple layer fabric and very dense this curtain is not a substitution for permanent wall reflection treatment, but is really good across a door or window. Doors and windows are often overlooked in studios as they are seen as an essential function of a room, but they can create acoustic issues which cannot be treated the same as walls.


In our view, an acoustic curtain on a rail above a door or over a window is a great idea and they don't look too bad either. Their price of around €250 is justified because they are well made and serve an essential purpose.



Product Features:

  • Three layers of heavy acoustic fabric

  • Allows maximum absorption

  • Made of extra heavy material

  • The sound is very effectively absorbed far into the deep mid-range

  • Applications: Recording studio control rooms, recording rooms or home theatres

  • Also suitable for quietening the room acoustics in living rooms

  • Weight: 900 g per m²

  • Lined sides and bottom edge

  • Eyelets with a diameter of 4 cm (every 20 cm) at the top edge

  • Hardly inflammable according to DIN 4102/B1

  • Colour: One side: Light grey, the other side: Dark grey

  • Dimensions (W x H): 200 x 220 cm

  • Weight: approx. 4 kg

 


Bass Traps are often overlooked when people use acoustic tiles for the studio, but they really do perform an excellent function and we highly recommend them.


It may not surprise you but Bass soundwaves travel well and of course they travel through walls much more than mid and higher frequencies. Think of a car going past you in the street with their music playing loudly and their windows closed, what do you hear? The bass right? So with this in mind when considering acoustic tile treatment, give a second to consider using bass traps as well.



You can read a ton of articles on the subject but in a nutshell, they need to be installed in the corners behind your monitors as that is where most bass will hit and bounce around quickly, so nullifying the corners is great. The minimum really is to go from behind the top of your monitor down to below your desk, but, if you can go all floor to ceiling in the corners and even along the floor/wall join that would be better. From there it is a matter of trial and error, so probably a good idea to order more than you need, keep the packaging and return what you don't need.


Installing them in the corners in the same way behind you is also good but it is definitely worth trying before you stick them in place as you may be lucky and the bass soundwaves may behave well. Be sure to check out our next section on Room Calibration becaus ether will become even more important if you are stripping out some low end from your studio like this.


Overview:

  • Absorber for improving a rooms acoustics

  • Especially suited for absorption of low frequency sound waves

  • Material: Polyurethane soft foam material

  • Bulk density: 25,0 kg / m³ +/- 5%

  • Reaction to fire: burning rate < 100 mm / min. MVSS 302

  • Colour: Grey

  • Dimensions:370 x 370 x 600 mm

  • Packing dimensions (HxBxD) : 600 x 380 x 380 mm

 

The above Bass Traps can be installed with this acoustic glue so make sure you get some if you go with that option. It can be used with a standard caulking gun and an adhesive like this one, again from t.akustic. There are spray can varieties but in our view the tiles can come off when they dry out whereas this stuff holds them on tight, making them function better.


As we mentioned before, this stuff can be used to go around the corners of rooms to stop sound spilling out. Make sure you have wet cloth handy to wipe up any spillage.


If ever you need to take the tiles out because you are reconfiguring the room for example, you can take the tiles off but they will usually rip and not be useable again with this glue. But the residue left behind is easily removed with a scraper and you will have a clean surface again.


When applying this stuff to the tile (not the wall), put a blob in the corners and centre and then a light zig zag across the whole tile. It's around €4.50 a tube and one tube will generally be enough to install 8 sock x 30cm tiles.


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