Building of a studio

From a period where i was getting more serious about making music i knew i had to acoustically treat my room.  My mixes were not being accurately translated onto other systems. A lot of people spend a lot of money on gear bur fail to realise the true impact that poor acoustics has on your ability to attain a good quality mix.

Firstly the difference between soundproofing and acoustic treatment.  Soundproofing is designed to minimise bleed from inside your studio to the outside world. In other words in small project studios keep the neighbours happy!!  Acoustic treatment on the other hand is treatment aimed to maximise the listening quality of the listener inside the room. Make you happier and not the neighbours!!

Problems with rooms can be divided up into 2 main categories. Reflections of mid and high range frequencies from hard surfaces (similar to a mirror reflecting light) and peaks and troughs in the low end response caused by the rooms dimensions and the reflectivity of the walls at low frequencies. Both compromise the accuracy of what you are hearing from your monitors, so i decided to tackle them in my studio!!

Firstly i decided to move out of my smaller, square shaped room.

A rectangular based room is preferable as the sound coming out of the monitors towards and past your ears have further to travel (therefore losing more energy) until they are reflected off the back wall. Simple enough!

As bass tends to accumulate around the corners of a room i decided to construct some DIY bass traps. I did a lot of research. I used a number of different resources to design my bass traps as there were literally hundreds of models available.

I found this youtube video most helpful. Big credit to Joel Dubay from Ready Acoustics LLC (

I used elemnts of this video to understand the logistics of making a pine fram for my bass traps to sit on. I found Timothy Allens blog the most helpful as there seemed literally hundreds of versions (  He recommended using tontine and cutting the tontine with an angle grinder (please use safety glasses as a friend of mine recently had an accident with an angle grinder and nearly lost his eye after 6 months of hell and numerous operations later).

I acquired a whole stack of Tontine acoustisorb 3 as it is non toxic and semi easy to cut. Below is an example of the pine frame used to construct my bass trap.

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I used some cheaper fabric and stapled this onto the frame to act as a backing on which the Tontine Acoustisorb could sit (it can be the cheapest fabric as no-one will see this).  My dog was wondering WTF was going on!!

I then cut the Tontine Acoustisorb to size (an angle grinder seemed to work the best as it was tough..). I bought some better material as this was going to be the face of the traps, placed the acoustisorb on the pine frame and then wrapped the black material around the acoustisorb and stapled it to the back of the frame with staples! It was a challenge but this was the result!

Eye hooks in the ceiling and walls after deciding where the traps would go. Cable ties were then used to suspend the traps from the eye hooks onto the frame of the trap from the ceiling and wall.

Voila the final result!!