Proper Bass Trap Placement with Audimute
One of the biggest acoustic problems in home studios is low frequency response and lack of bass clarity. While sound absorbing blankets noticeably lower echo and reverberation of mid to high range frequencies, they simply aren’t designed to absorb low frequencies. Instead, you need a thicker, softer bass trap panels to trap these low sound waves before they are able to escape. With the proper bass trap placement, you can create a professional sound environment built for musical performance.
Bass frequencies need more time to dissipate. Because of this, larger rooms automatically treat bass frequencies better than smaller rooms because they have more uninterrupted space for the frequencies to travel. While sound treating a room for mixing and recording, it is important to use bass traps to absorb low frequencies faster and smaller home studios need to be especially treated.
There are three prime locations for proper bass trap placement:
- Tri-corners, where two walls meet the ceiling or floor
- Wall-to-wall corners
- Open wall space
It may seem like every part of a studio needs bass traps – and that’s because it does. Without bass control, everything your recording picks up will be distorted. Bass trap placement in the corners and on open wall space prevents the mic from hearing each bass bump from its beginning to natural end.
In terms of design, the only difference between standard acoustic panels and bass traps is the thickness of the sound absorbing core. Audimute Acoustic Panels come in both treatment styles – with 1.5" and 2" thick acoustic panel and 4" thick bass trap options. The 4 inch thick core of the bass traps locks low frequency sounds in tighter than the 2 inch thick panels designed for high frequencies. Our panel core is made from our signature eco-C-tex® blend of recycled cotton and cellulose fibers. This blend is not only the greenest sound absorber on today’s market, but also the safest alternative to competitor’s fiberglass fillers.
The more surface area of a bass trap you can leave available for sound waves to hit, the better. Audimute bass traps hang on open wall space like a picture, leaving the back of the trap off the wall and available for sound contact. Corner bass trap hardware makes it easy to leave the back of traps open for contact, as well, for optimal absorption in the corners where noise congests.
It is a necessity with sound panels for studios to have proper bass trap placement. It can be the difference between a muddled recording and a professional sound. Design your acoustics around your studio with our 4" thick image bass traps today! Our Acoustic Specialists are here to discuss the proper bass trap placement for your studio - give us a call at 1.866.505.MUTE or fill out our free room analysis form and hear from us within one business day!